Jeff has more than 26 years’ of experience in a wide range of complex commercial litigation, in trial and appellate courts, arbitration and mediation matters. He regularly appears in state and federal courts, nationwide. His practice focuses primarily on underlying class actions and related insurance coverage and bad faith litigation stemming from consumer protection claims, privacy claims and personal and advertising injury claims. He has extensive experience litigating both underlying class actions and insurance coverage disputes arising out of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act.
Jeff has been selected repeatedly as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, most recently in 2014. The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer is earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Jeff earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University Of Illinois College Of Law, in 1987, where he was an Associate Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review, a Notes Editor for the Illinois Bar Journal Recent Decisions, and received Harno Scholar academic recognition and the American Jurisprudence Award for U.C.C. Article 9. He earned a B.S. in Accountancy, with honors, from the University of Illinois, in 1984. He also received his Illinois Certified Public Accountant Certificate in 1984.
Jeff is admitted to practice in Illinois (1987), the United States Supreme Court (2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1990), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2014), United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1987; Trial Bar, 1994), United States District Court, Central District of Illinois (1990), United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (2012), United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (2012) and United States District Court, Western District of Michigan (2013). He also has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts.
Jeff’s extensive civic and community service includes four elected terms as a Village Trustee, Village of Buffalo Grove (1999 to present), where he also has held the position of Village President Pro Tem, since May, 2011. He also has served as a member and Chairman of the Metra Citizens’ Advisory Board, representing Lake County (2010 to 2013), a member of the Regional Transportation Authority Citizens’ Advisory Board (2011 to 2013), a member of the Board of Directors, Lake County Transportation Alliance (2012 to present), a member of the Northwest Municipal Conference Transportation Committee (2001 to present), a member of the Lake County Private Activity Bond Allocation Advisory Committee (2001 to present), and a Plan Commissioner on the Village of Buffalo Grove Plan Commission (1992 to 1999).
Licensed since 1987
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1987||08/17/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Leading Lawyer, Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2014|
|Leading Lawyer, Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2013|
|Leading Suburban Business Lawyers||American Registry||2013|
|Leading West Suburban Lawyers||American Registry||2013|
|Leading West Suburban Lawyers||American Registry||2012|
|Leading Lawyer, Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2012|
|Leading Lawyer, Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2011|
|Magna Cum Laude||University of Illinois College of Law||1987|
|Harno Scholar||University of Illinois College of Law||1987|
|Harno Scholar||University of Illinois College of Law||1986|
|American Jurisprudence Award, U.C.C. Article 9||American Jurisprudence||1986|
|Harno Scholar||University of Illinois College of Law||1985|
|High Honors||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||1984|
|Certified Public Accountant||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||1984|
|Counsel||Anderson & Wanca||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, LLP||2004 - 2011|
|Partner||McGuire Woods||2003 - 2004|
|Partner||Ross & Hardies||1995 - 2003|
|Associate||Ross & Hardies||1987 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Docket, Lake County Bar Association||Member and Editor||2013 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Editor, Recent Decisions Section||1986 - 1987|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Lake County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Indiana Ins. Co. v. CE Design Ltd., 2013 WL 6730772 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2013)||N/A|
|American Cas. Co. of Reading, PA v. Formedic Communications, Ltd., 2013 WL 6484665 (E.D. Mo. Dec. 10, 2013)||N/A|
|Standard Mut. Ins. Co. v. Lay, 2013 IL App (4th) 110527-UB, 2013 WL 6199952 (Nov. 25, 2013)||N/A|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Advancing The Trend: The Second District Confirms That Class Plaintiffs' Rights Are 'Safe' From Conditional Pick-Off Tactics, 21 The Docket, 20 (Nov. 2014)||2014|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Conflict, What Conflict? The Illinois Supreme Court Recently Held In A Ground Breaking Decision That Federal Predictions Of State Law Are Insufficient To Create A Conflict Of Law, 21 The Docket 14 (Oct. 2014)||2014|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||The Second District Provides A Clear Warning: Seemingly Anonymous On-line Posting Might Not Be Quite So Anonymous Anymore, 21 The Docket 14 (Sept. 2014)||2014|
|Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law||A Step Toward Modern Times: Moving to End The Market Power Presumption For Intellectual Property Rights In Tying Cases, 29 Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law 1 (Oct. 1990)||1990|
|Antitrust magazine||In Search of Immunity: Hospital Peer Review And The State Action Doctrine After Patrick, 3 Antitrust 14 (1988)||1988|
|Illinois Bar Journal||Recent Decisions, Posadas de Puerto Rico Assoc. v. Tourism Co. of Puerto Rico, 76 Ill. Bar Journal 631 (July 1987)||1987|
|Illinois Bar Journal||Recent Decisions, Wilmette Park District v. Village of Wilmette, 75 Ill. Bar Journal 232 (Dec. 1986)||1986|
|University of Illinois Law Review||Constitutional Realism: Legislative Bans On Tobacco Advertisements And The First Amendment, 1986 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1193||1986|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Accountancy||BS - Bachelor of Science||1984|