Tracy A. McGonigle
Tracy A. McGonigle has extensive Appellate experience with both civil and criminal appeals and has practiced in Illinois state and federal courts, including the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Illinois.
Tracy has a long history directing, managing, and representing non-profit animal welfare organizations and humane societies. She also has a long history advising and representing individuals in animal rights/welfare matters. Tracy’s Animal Law practice includes representing individuals at administrative hearings and in appeals from Dangerous Dog Proceedings throughout Illinois; representing individuals in civil actions under the Humane Care for Animals Act; ownership disputes, Replevin actions, declaratory judgment actions and bailment or Innkeepers Act actions, as well as lecturing at speaking engagements. She has represented Illinois as the Illinois delegate at the International Animal Law Summits 2015-18.
Tracy was the Executive Director of the national organization, Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS), from March 2011 – December 2020, and is currently General Counsel and Director of Operations and Legal Affairs for Wright Way Rescue. She represents other animal welfare 501(c)(3) organizations, on all business and non-profit matters. As part of her role as Executive Director of HAHS, Tracy managed a team of over 40 Approved Humane Investigators who investigated violations of the Humane Care for Animals Act, 510 ILCS 70/1, et seq. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of On Angels Wings Pet Rescue.
She uses her vast experience in managing non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporations to advise her non-profit clients on all organizational issues and lectures regionally on non-profit law.
Her Property / Real Estate practice includes representing buyers and sellers in residential real estate closings, zoning, residential and commercial transactions, and contract drafting and negotiations.
Tracy also practices employment law, advising business clients on employment matters and representing employers and employees in employment related disputes in administrative as well as trial and appellate courts.
- Chairperson, Chicago Bar Association Animal Law Committee
- Illinois State Bar Association
- McHenry County Bar Association
- Loyola University Chicago, BA, 1990
- DePaul University College of Law, JD, 1993
- State of Illinois
- USDC – Northern District of Illinois
- USDC – Central District of Illinois
- USCA – 7th Circuit