Bhairav Radia is a partner at OKGC and has been with the firm since 2012. He defends public entities and officials against civil rights claims brought under federal and state law, including jail mistreatment, police misconduct, and employment discrimination.
Bhairav has successfully defended public entities and officials in a large number of cases involving the Fourth Amendment, Due Process, Equal Protection, Prison Litigation Reform Act, Title VII, ADA, and Monell claims. Before joining OKGC, Bhairav worked as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago, where he defended Chicago and its officials against claims alleging police misconduct and employment discrimination.
Bhairav presents to public entity officials on the due process rights of public employees.
Areas of Focus
- Civil Rights Litigation
- Prison Litigation
- Employment Discrimination
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2007 (Joint winner of Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court Competition; CALI Awards in Employment Relationships and International Employment Law; Student Editor of Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal)
- Arizona State University, B.A., 2004 (summa cum laude)
- Davis v. City of Harvey, 15-CV-723 (N.D. Ill. 2016) - Secured jury verdict in favor of police officers after trial on federal claims of false arrest and excessive force.
- Morris v. Kidd, 13-CV-2079 (C.D. Ill. 2016) - Secured jury verdict in favor of jail sergeant after trial on inmate's federal claim of unconstitutional strip search.
- Wilson v. Warren County, 830 F.3d 464 (7th Cir. 2016) - Won summary judgment and subsequent appeal from the dismissal of Fourth Amendment and substantive and procedural due process claims, arising from a private property dispute, in favor of sheriff and state's attorney.
- Sorrells v. City of Macomb, 2015 IL App (3d) 140763 - Won motions to dismiss and subsequent appeal from the dismissal of negligence and inverse condemnation claims, arising out of flooding caused by a City-approved residential development, in favor of the City.
- Dooley-Trewartha v. McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, 07-CV-5197 (N.D. Ill. 2014) – Won summary judgment on excessive force and seizure claims arising out of fatal shooting of suicidal man who had barricaded himself in his home with several knives.
- Salem v. Kaupas, 12 C 3141 (N.D. Ill., Jun. 13, 2014)—Won summary judgment on detainee’s claim that the conditions of his confinement violated his constitutional rights.
- Salem v. Spryes, 12 C 3065 (N.D. Ill. Jun. 13, 2014)—Won summary judgment on detainee’s claim that jail officers retaliated against him after he complained against jail officials.
- Frank v. Garnati, 2013 IL App (5th) 120321—Won appeal from the dismissal of a malicious prosecution claim against the state’s attorney on the basis of absolute prosecutorial immunity.
- Wilson v. City of Chicago, 07 C 1682 (N.D. Ill. 2011)—Won summary judgment on a municipal liability claim against the City alleging that the City’s failure to adequately train its police officers on how to handle encounters with people suffering from mental illness resulted in the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic, suicidal person who had barricaded himself in his bedroom.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois