GERALD A. KENNEDY

jkennedy@kennedyassociatespc.com
Direct dial: (312) 201-9181
Cell phone: (312) 401-0433

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Bachelor of Arts - Political Science 1986, Loyola University of Chicago
Juris Doctor 1989, University of Illinois, College of Law
Admitted to Illinois Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, the Southern District of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana
Admitted to Federal Trial Bar

Professional Affiliations:   
Transportation Lawyers Association
AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Chicago Claims Association
Regional Counsel Transport Corporation of America
Transportation Lawyers Association
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Certified Illinois Arbitrator
Defense Research Institute

Practice Areas:                                  
Defense of general liability matters with an emphasis in: commercial transportation cases including operation, maintenance and repair, FHWA inspections, negligent and willful and wanton hiring, retention and entrustment and compliance with FMCSRs; construction accidents involving various trades and many types of construction issues;  third party employer liability and all attendant Kotecki issues; commercial, retail, corporate, industrial, residential premises liability cases including among others slip/falls, spoliation, ice/snow and loading dock cases; products liability including product defect, foreign object and food borne illness cases; as well as commercial litigation, tenders and responses to tenders and insurance coverage issues.

Publications, Presentations and Awards:

1.         2015 Annual Claims Conference at Secura Insurance; A Trucking Law Overview: defending serious truck cases from the first phone call to the jury back with a verdict.

2.        Winning entry at the 2015 ABA – Transportation Megaconference XI; Top Ten Things You Do Not Want To Hear Your Driver Say At Deposition

3.         2014 Yearly Education Seminar at Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point, WI.  The Impact of Early Investigation: From the Date of Loss Through Jury Verdict. Accredited course for 100 claims attendees.

4.         Continuing education seminar at Sedgwick CMS on claims investigation and in part on the defense of trial in Eden Prairie, MN in November 2013.

5.         Continuing education seminar at Sedgwick CMS on early claims investigation to strengthen the defense of the litigated case through trial in Irving, TX in October 2013.

6.         Trucking Industry Defense Association, Educational Seminar in February 2006 in Orlando, Florida, participant on panel “Responding to a Major Accident Involving an NTSB Investigation”.

7.         Risk Control Workshop, Milwaukee, WI, September 2004 for Captive Resources; Defense counsel recommendations from notice of claim to closing arguments.

8.         On Scene Accident Investigation, Preservation of Evidence and Discovery Issues: to the Independent Insurance Adjustors Association Annual Meeting, October 1999.

9.         Co-author of the 1998 American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Law Journal Annual Survey on Developments in Commercial Transportation Litigation