Joshua H. Burday



  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2015)
  • University of Massachusetts (B.A., 2009), magna cum laude

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Josh is an associate in the Litigation & Disputes practice group. He has experience in all aspects of complex litigation, having litigated and briefed hundreds of federal and state cases, argued dozens of dispositive motions, conducted written discovery in dozens of cases, and conducted over a dozen depositions. He has led two bench trials, conducted a bench trial as the lead associate, and argued before state and federal courts, including three cases before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Josh’s practice focuses on various business, government and media litigation. He also counsels entities and individuals in disputes with government agencies to release records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), hold valid open meetings under the Open Meetings Act and comply with the First and Fourth Amendments. 

His experience includes many successful high-profile cases involving the Illinois High School Association, the FCC, the Chicago City Council, the Mayor of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police and the Laquan McDonald video.

Josh has published an article on net neutrality in the ABA’s GPSolo Magazine and has spoken on government transparency and FOIA at numerous events. Before joining the firm, Josh was at Loevy & Loevy. He also worked at the Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation – Appellate Section, and was a law clerk with the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, while in law school.

  • Dean’s Certificate of Recognition for Pro Bono Service Initiative, University of Chicago School of Law, 2015
  • Plaintiff representative for the Better Government Association, presented with the national First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, for the release of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “private emails,” about public business under FOIA
  • Member of interdisciplinary team presented with the National Lawyers Guild Arthur Kinoy Award for the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • District Court of the District of Columbia