years in practice

years with DBBCA&Y

J. Peter Dowd


J. Peter Dowd is a 1975 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. His broad labor experience in representing unions and employee benefit funds includes advice to unions and boards of trustees, contract negotiations, arbitrations, labor board proceedings, appellate litigation and complex class action cases involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Illinois Pension Code, Landrum-Griffin issues, and union trusteeships.

He represents both private and governmental pension and welfare plans and construction industry training and apprentice funds and has also represented individual employees and classes of participants in litigation to enforce federal and state laws involving pension and welfare funds. His experience in representing individual employees includes a wide range of cases involving Constitutional rights, pension and welfare rights and benefits, civil rights, wage and hour laws, disability claims, Landrum-Griffin rights, and state pension and civil service issues.

Prior to entering the practice of law he was a certified teacher and a union officer. He taught labor relations law as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest and has been a presenter at various professional conferences. He was a partner in a large Chicago labor firm until 1985 when he left to form a new partnership, now Dowd, Bloch, Bennett & Cervone.

Practice Areas

ERISA Benefit Funds
Pension Protection Litigation
Scholarship & Training Program


U.S. Supreme Court
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court

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