Gerry, a founding partner of Butler Rubin, has 39 years of experience as a trial lawyer in all aspects of commercial litigation, including jury and bench trials in breach of contract and fraud actions, business torts, trade secret and restrictive covenants, insurance coverage disputes, antitrust, products liability, professional liability and dealer/franchise litigation. His appellate experience includes appeals in both state and federal courts.
In addition to his litigation practice, Gerry is an active member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Large, Complex Case Panels in Chicago. He also arbitrates claims for the Association’s Centre for International Dispute, and has an active mediation practice.
Gerry was named a leader in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2013). He was identified as an Illinois Super Lawyer in Business Litigation (2005-2012). And, as part of the Law Bulletin Publishing Group’s 2012 survey of the top lawyers in the state, Gerry was designated as a "Leading Lawyer" in Illinois in the following fields: Commercial Litigation; ADR Law: Commercial Litigation; Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law; and Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial.
During his career, Gerry has been involved in numerous significant trials and arbitrations.
Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s v. Abbott Laboratories: Prosecuting a claim for fraud in an application for product recall insurance and defending against a products recall loss in excess of $110 million.
Represented a large property/casualty carrier seeking recovery of $75 million in a post-closing dispute following its acquisition of renewal rights and other assets from another large carrier. Panel issued award following two week trial.
Venzor v. Don King (N.D. Ill.): Obtained judgment for defendant in a RICO action alleging the promotion of a fixed fight.
Kollek v. Holleb & Coff (N.D. Ill.): Represented law firm in partnership dissolution dispute.
1212 N. LaSalle Litigation (Circuit Court of Cook County): Represented mortgagee in foreclosure action resulting from dispute over closing of a federally insured loan for apartment building. Case was settled on eve of trial.
Anderson v. Chrysler Realty Corporation (Circuit Court of Cook County): Represented tenant in claim by landlord that tenant’s alleged breach of lease terms should result in termination of favorable long term lease. The matter was successfully tried to a jury.
Antitrust and Dealer Litigation:
Argo International v. Viking Pump Company, Inc. (N.J.): Successfully represented manufacturer sued by terminated dealer under New Jersey Franchise Practices Act.
Hill's Pet, Inc. v. F. Hoffman LaRoche (D. D.C.): Represented plaintiff in price-fixing claim against vitamin industry.
In Re Linerboard Litigation (E.D. Pa.): Represented USG Corporation in linerboard price-fixing case.
Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. v. Executive Risk, et al.: Representing insurers in coverage action filed by defendant in HMO litigation. Insured seeks recovery of defense costs and settlement of underlying case in excess of $200 million.
In Re Artra Group Incorporated: Served as coverage counsel to former asbestos manufacturer in Ch. 11 proceedings.
UNR Industries v. Continental Ins. Co. (N.D. Ill.): Represented an insurer sued by former asbestos manufacturer for antitrust violations and coverage for asbestos-related bodily injury claims. Claims were successfully defended in eight-week jury trial.
Bankers Trust Company v. Old Republic Insurance Company (N.D. Ill.): Represented a lender which sought a determination that insurers were obligated to indemnify insured for a professional liability claim.
Bagcraft Corporation v. Federal Insurance Company (N.D. Ill.): Represented the insured in an action against three primary carriers for losses occasioned at a Superfund site in Illinois.
American Mutual v. Beatrice (N.D. Ill.): Represented Beatrice Companies, Inc. in an action against seven carriers concerning coverage for a toxic tort case which Beatrice tried and won in federal court in Boston. Claims were also asserted against a third-party administrator for negligence in notifying the insurers.
Anchor Glass Container Corp. and Norton Simon Inc. v. Northbrook Insurance Company (Cal. State Court): Represented insured in successful action to obtain coverage for asbestos and silica claims asserted in Texas.
Keating v. Winston & Strawn (Circuit Court of Cook County): Defended law firm, through bench trial and two appeals, in action by developer who alleged that law firm failed to document his interest in HUD-sponsored development.
Songer v. Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon (Circuit Court of Cook County): Represented law firm charged with negligent defense of a commercial action.
Marlow v. Winston & Strawn (N.D. Ill.): Represented defendant in a legal malpractice action; obtained favorable settlement after first week of jury trial.
Wallace Computer Services, Inc. v. David A. Noyes & Co. (N.D. Ill.): Represented plaintiff in a securities action against its former broker.
Krieger v. Gast (N.D. Ill. and State Court): Represented corporation in action alleging unlawful "squeeze out" of minority shareholders.
Chicago Board of Education v. AC&S (Circuit Court of Cook County): Represented manufacturer, and served as court-appointed liaison counsel, in action by 34 school boards for property damage allegedly caused by asbestos-containing building products.
State of Illinois v. United States Gypsum Company (Circuit Court for Sangamon County): Represented manufacturer in action by State of Illinois to recover the costs of abating asbestos-containing building products in all state buildings and universities.
Delray Pools v. Farboil (State Court): Represented manufacturer in three state court actions for property damage caused by manufacturer's newly-developed product.