Edward K. Grassé

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Edward K. Grassé is a partner with the firm with more than twenty years of legal experience handling civil, corporate, insurance and other matters.

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Legal Experience

Mr. Grassé has worked in the insurance defense area for more than twenty years. Mr. Grassé has successfully tried civil jury trials and civil bench trials. He has arbitrated dozens of matters in the Cook and DuPage Mandatory Arbitration programs and several Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist cases. Mr. Grassé has also defended a large number of lawsuits in alternative dispute resolution forums, including American Arbitration Association, Mandatory Court Annexed Arbitration and in numerous private alternative dispute resolution forums. Since his admission to the bar, his legal experience has focused primarily in the defense of automobile accident, premises liability, fire and arson, commercial trucking, Dram Shop, religious organizations, mechanics liens and insurance coverage. He has made a number of appearances on the Total Living Network (TLN) cable television network as a panelist to discuss legal issues related to churches and religious institutions.

Awards and Honors

Mr. Grassé has been repeatedly recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer in the years 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Grassé serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. He is a former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Civil Practice & Procedure Committee and the Illinois Defense Counsel Civil Practice Committee. He is currently an appointed member of the Chicago Bar Associations Judicial Evaluation Committee, which reviews and evaluates potential jurists, and the Legislative Committee, which reviews all proposed and pending legislation in the Illinois Legislature. Mr. Grassé is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He has participated in several seminars and workshops with the Chicago Bar Association, IICLE and the Illinois Defense Counsel.

Education

Mr. Grassé received his Juris Doctor with Honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.He received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University with a double major in Political Science and Sociology.

Admitted to Practice

Mr. Grassé is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is also a member of the trial bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Grassé is also admitted pro hac vice in the States of Nevada, Florida, Minnesota and California.

Publications and Presentations

Mr. Grassé is the former author of the quarterly column of the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for the IDC Quarterly, published by the Illinois Defense Counsel. He was a contributing author to the Legal Workbook for Religious Organizations which was prepared by the Chicago Bar Association Interfaith Law Committee. Mr. Grassé co-authored or authored the following articles

Proposed Changes to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure and Related Statutes and Doctrines, IDC Quarterly, Volume 17, #2, 2007.

Disclosure of Mental Health Records in Illinois, Obtaining Records in a Civil Proceeding,@IDC Quarterly, Volume 11 #2, June 2001.

Defense Update, specifically Is Prejudice a Factor in Determining the Proper Sanction for Failure to Comply with Rule 213 Disclosure, Spring Edition, 2002, Civil Practice and Procedure.

Apportionment and the Minimally Culpable Defendant – 2-1117 after Unzicker,@IDC Quarterly, Volume 13, #1, March 2003.Mr. Grassé is also the author of Can an Evidence Deposition Act as a Proper Disclosure Under Rule 213?”  Defense Update, Volume 4, #1, March 2004. 

Payment of Finding of Liability: What is the Proper Trigger for the Third Party Contribution Claim, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2012

Is The Relationship Of “Potential Litigants” Sufficient To Support Spoliation Claims?, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2012

Payment or Finding of Liability; What is the Proper Trigger for the Third Party Contribution Claim, 2012

Does the Potential for an Excess Verdict Create a Conflict of Interest for an Attorney?, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2011

Illinois Supreme Court Modifies its Thornton Decision, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2010

Taking Control: Attacking Pleadings Claiming a Violation of a Safety Statute as Prima Facie Evidence of Negligence, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2010

Views from the Bench on Summary Judgment, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2009

Advising Clients After Ready, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2009

Can an Evidence Deposition Act as a Proper Disclosure Under Rule 213?, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2004
Proposed Changes to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure and Related Statutes and Doctrines, IDC Quarterly, Volume 17, #2, 2007.

Mr. Grassé has also authored several changes and modifications to Illinois statutes and Supreme Court Rules. 

Mr. Grassé was also a presenter for Starting Points: Taking your First Doctor’s Deposition, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Dec. 19, 2007, and again on December 2, 2009 and November 3, 2011. 

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