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Gerry Ring is the chair of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella's Litigation practice. He has an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Super Lawyers in years 2005 and 2013 to 2015. He also has a "10" rating from Avvo. Gerry’s practice focuses on trust and estate litigation and business litigation.
Gerry has almost 30 years of courtroom experience dealing with will and trust disputes. In 2015, he won a bench trial in the Chancery Division of Cook County, Illinois which resulted in the transfer of over $17 million in trust assets to a new trust with a new trustee. He also obtained an order in a contested divorce proceeding directing the transfer of $3.2 million from a charitable trust to a national university over the co-trustee’s objection.

Gerry’s business litigation experience includes actions relating to covenants-not-to-compete, trade secrets, shareholder disputes regarding closely-held companies, real estate lease disputes, and bankruptcy.
Gerry also served as a faculty advisor for The John Marshall Law School Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, from 1992 through 1998. He also authored an article for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education entitled “Liquidation and Reorganization in Landlord/Tenant Relationships.”

Gerry received his J.D., with high honors, from The John Marshall Law School in 1986, where he was awarded the Order of John Marshall and served as a Staff Editor of The John Marshall Law Review. He was elected a member of the Board of Education, Palos Consolidated School District 118 from 1994-1995 and again for the 2001-2004 term. Gerry is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.
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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 60%
    30 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    30 years

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Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.

330 North Wabash Avenue
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL, 60611


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198605/11/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1992
Order of John MarshallJohn Marshall Law School1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Trial Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
The John Marshall Law School - Trial Advocate CenterFaculty Advisor1992 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
05 CH 12622 (Cook County, Chicago, Chancery Division).Successful resolution of the action, including the recapture of more than $1.2 million.
06 CH 11985 (Cook County, Chicago, Chancery Division).Petition to reform the trust was granted.
04 P 408 (Cook County, Chicago, Probate Division).The trust was successfully reformed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationLiquidation and Reorganization in Landlord/Tenant Relationships2012
Illinois MCLEDepositions: Discovery v. Evidence2012
Illinois MCLESo let it be written; So let it be done. (Drafting Post-Employment Restrictions)2010
Illinois MCLEThe Last Bubble? (Outsourcing and Alternative Fee Arrangements in the Legal Profession)2009
Lorman Education ServicesLandlord-Tenant Law2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of Illinois, ChicagoPoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Landlord-Tenant LawLandlord-Tenant Law & Bankruptcy2008