Gerald J. Bekkerman is a respected trial lawyer with a history of success representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases nationwide. Prior to becoming a joining member of the firm, Gerald ran his own practice, which in just six years he grew to six attorneys. During that time Gerald has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Gerald has obtained significant and news worthy jury verdicts for his clients, including a record setting jury verdict in Tennessee for a family injured in a truck accident, a headline making $2.27 million dollar jury verdict against the City of Chicago for an injured postal worker, and a $2.5 million dollar jury verdict on a zero offer disputed liability highway crash. He has also obtained significant settlements, including a $4.8 million dollar settlement in a disputed liability automobile crash, a $4.5 million dollar result in a truck accident case in Ohio, a $3 million dollar medical malpractice settlement in Chicago, a $2.25 million dollar settlement for an injured bicyclist in Chicago, a $2 million dollar settlement for a fatality at a construction project, and a $1.5 million dollar settlement for the family of a special needs adult who passed away from neglect in her group home.
Through hard work, attention to detail, knowledge of the law, and a keen sense of compassion and understanding for his clients’ needs, Gerald has been able to help hundreds of clients injured through the negligence of others receive fair and reasonable compensation to help them rebuild their lives.
Gerald has been honored for his accomplishment in the Legal Community. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious 40 Under 40 Award by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. This exclusive peer reviewed nomination recognizes the best young lawyers in the state, with only a handful of lawyers in each area of practice. Over 1500 nominations were received in 2018 and only 40 were selected. In addition, the National Trial Lawyers has recognized Gerald as a Top 40 Under 40 trial attorney nationwide. Gerald has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for seven consecutive years, an honor given to only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing in Illinois, has been recognized by his peers as an Emerging Lawyer, also an exclusive designation open to only the top 2% of attorneys in the State of Illinois under 40 years of age, and is a lifetime member of the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his trial successes.
Gerald has been asked to speak at numerous engagements and legal seminars, including the 2017 Illinois Trial Lawyers Damages Seminar, and the 2018 Illinois Trial Lawyers Ethics Seminar. He has also lectured at area law schools on topics ranging from starting and opening a law firm, to jury selection.
Gerald is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, being elected by his peers to the prestigious Board of Managers, and is also active with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Association of Justice. Gerald is licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin state and several federal jurisdictions. Gerald is also fluent in Russian and proficient in Spanish. He is involved with many charities and advocacy groups, including sitting on the Advisory Board of the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group focused on improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in Chicago and Illinois.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2007||10/11/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Illinois Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Illinois Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Illinois Super Lawyers||2012|
|Managing Partner||Bekkerman Law Offices, LLC||2010 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Coplan & Crane, Ltd.||2009 - 2010|
|Associate Attorney||Whiting Law Group, LLC||2007 - 2009|
|Law clerks||Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd.||2004 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Association for Justice||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of Illinois||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Bicycle Safety and Laws||What to do after a bike accident||2011|
|Montgomery v. Chicago||Unanimous jury verdict of $2.27 million|
|Yarosh, et al. v. Eagle Transport||Unanimous jury verdict of $350,000.00|
|Davis v. Chicago Rental||$900,000.00 settlement|
|Guzman v. CPD||$525,000.00 settlement|
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