Derek G. Dominguez

Derek Dominguez is a Partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He practices plaintiff’s personal injury, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense.

Mr. Dominguez is a superb and accomplished litigator. As a former Wisconsin State’s Attorney, Mr. Dominguez successfully prosecuted more than two thousand criminal cases including many serious felonies such as sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping, drug charges, possession of child pornography, embezzlement, and armed robbery. He has argued in hundreds of contested criminal hearings, countless trials to the court, and twenty-one criminal jury trials. In November 2016, Mr. Dominguez secured a guilty verdict following a lengthy jury trial for a violent armed robbery.

He also litigated and won several appellate cases in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Mr. Dominguez now litigates on behalf of individuals injured by negligent or reckless conduct. He represents victims of car crashes, improper falls, wrongful death claims, and other negligent acts. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He also represents workers injured on the job, as well as anyone accused of a criminal offense.

He grew up in Orland Park, Illinois. He enjoys running marathons and completed his first Ironman 70.3 in 2022.


University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 2012)
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.A. 2009)


Wisconsin (2012)
Illinois (2018)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2020)

Professional Recognition

Selected as an Illinois “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® (2020-2024)

Memberships / Associations

Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council (2021 – present)
Member, ISBA Workers’ Compensation Section Council (2021 – 2023)

Presentations & Publications

Considerations Following an Award at Trial: Prejudgment Interest and Costs. ISBA Trial Briefs Newsletter. December 2023. Vol 70 No. 4.

No hoots given for employee who fell in the parking lot after traveling to another worksite while her own site was under construction. ISBA Workers’ Compensation Law Newsletter. November 2022. Vol 60 No. 2.

Experts duel over annular tear in lumbar spine as Commission’s reliance on one expert passes manifest weight standard. ISBA Workers’ Compensation Law Newsletter. November 2021. Vol 59 No. 3.



Representative Matters

$1.25 million settlement for cyclist struck by vehicle in Downers Grove.

$1 million trial judgment for man on ATV struck by vehicle in Markham.

$755,000 settlement for Niles woman who suffered serious injuries from tripping on a metal curb valve that was jutting out of the sidewalk.

$335,000 settlement for roofer who fell from roof. The employer initially told the roofer that there was no insurance available for his injuries.

$290,000 settlement for CTA bus driver injured from crash at work.

$150,000 settlement for construction worker who fell from scaffold at work.

$140,000 settlement for father & daughter from Arlington Heights injured in a car crash.

$136,389 jury verdict in favor of Downers Grove woman who suffered long-term concussion injuries following a car crash. The defendant’s insurance offered only $25,000 to settle before trial.

$133,000 settlement for Skokie man with back injury following car crash.

$100,000 settlement for Glenwood woman with shoulder injury from car crash.

$100,000 settlement for Crestwood man on motorcycle struck by vehicle.

$75,000 settlement for woman dining at Mexican restaurant who sustained injuries when a wooden room divider tipped over and fell on her head.

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