News

Ruberry, Stalmack and Garvey sues Australian blogger on behalf of Chicago recruiter DHR International. View the article here.

Legal Leaders-Chicago magazine has named Ed Ruberry and John Stalmack Chicago's top rated Lawyers for 2015 in the area of Litigation, Business & Commercial, Insurance law and Medical Malpractice.

Ed Ruberry, Sarah Ruberry, John Stalmack, Richard Kuntz, Jim Berdelle and Steve Apel have all been named as 2015 Leading Lawyers by Leading Lawyers magazine.  Ed Ruberry and John Stalmack were also honored as Advisory Board Members.

Congratulations to Ed Ruberry and John Stalmack for being named Illinois Super Lawyers and Craig Hoffman and Alex Ross as Illinois Rising Stars in 2015 by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.

Congratulations to Adam Maxwell and Craig Hoffman for being named as Emerging Lawyers in 2015 by the Law Bulletin.

We are very pleased to report that our client LGIC prevailed in the New York Appellate Division, which affirmed on October 9, 2014, our prior win in the trial court allowing us to pursue Interstate Fire & Cas. Co., on our Amended Complaint to recover from Interstate its fair share of the defense expenses LGIC incurred prior to exhaustion of LGIC's and Interstate's limits.  We were also awarded costs.  Congratulations to Adam Maxwell and David Allen for their work on the briefs and to Richard Kuntz who argued before the Court.

Congratulations to John Stalmack and Ohn Park for their trial win on October 9, 2014. The case, Basheer Abu Harb vs. American Service Ins. Co., involved the rescission of an automobile policy based on the insured's material misrepresentation.  The judge entered judgment in favor of American Service Ins. Co. and held that the automobile policy was null and void. 

John Stalmack has been presented with a Career Achievement Award at the 2014 Jury Verdict Reporter Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence Ceremony, held at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.

Congratulations to Ed Ruberry, John Stalmack, Steve Apel and Jim Berdelle for being named Leading Lawyers in 2014. 

John Stalmack recently published "Closing Argument - Some Topics to Consider" in the January 2014 newsletter of the Illinois Bar Association's Trial Briefs.

Congratulations to Ed Ruberry and John Stalmack on their recent features in the Super Lawyers Magazine, Top Attorneys in Illinois 2014.  Additionally, the publication named Craig Hoffman to the 2014 Illinois Rising Stars list.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin recently published an article by Partner Richard Kuntz. View the article here: "Court Negates Effect of Injury Exclusion".

Ed Ruberry and John Stalmack have been named as Super Lawyers for 2013.  They were also honored as Advisory Board Members and given 'Preeminent' AV Ratings for 2013.

Ed Ruberry, John Stalmack, Jim Berdelle and Steve Apel have all been named as 2013 Leading Lawyers by Leading Lawyer Magazine for their work in Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Commercial Litigation Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law, Products Liability Defense Law, Toxic Torts Defense Law, Medical Malpractice Defense Law, Personal Injury Defense Law: General, Products Liability Defense Law, and Toxic Torts Defense Law.

John Stalmack and Craig Hoffman were featured in the September 2012 Chicago Hospital News and Healthcare Report.  View the article, "Preparation of a Physician for a Deposition".

Ed Ruberry was featured on the front page of the Chicago Journal regarding his representation of a single mother and her autistic son against the Chicago Board of Education.  View the article here.

Craig Hoffman was recently named one of Law Bulletin's, '40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch'  From more than 1,250 nominations, Craig was selected as one of the best young lawyers in Illinois.  View the article here.

Ruberry, Stalmack & Garvey was selected as a Top Rated Law Firm in Illinois and featured in the July 2012 Business Edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine.  As an established firm with expanding goals, the feature focuses on RSG's spectrum of practice and continued commitment to client service.

We are proud to announce that Ed Ruberry and John Stalmack were featured in the 2012 edition of Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers. The magazine highlights their accomplishments in the areas of business & commercial litigation, insurance law, and medical malpractice.

Ed Ruberry and John Stalmack were both named again as Super Lawyers for 2012.  Ed Ruberry was also recognized on "The Annual List for 2012" as a Top Attorney in Illinois for Business Litigation.  John Stalmack was also recognized on "The Annual List for 2012" as a Top Attorney in Illinois for Civil Litigation Defense. 

John Stalmack authored an article published in the March 2012 edition of the Illinois State Bar Association's Trial Briefs Magazine entitled "Partial Use of Depositions: Illinois Supreme Court Rule 212(c)". The article discusses how deposition testimony may be used at trial and how omitted statements that may "explain or modify" the admitted testimony, should be considered.

The August 2011 issue of Chicago Hospital News published an article by John Stalmack and Craig Hoffman entitled "Impeachment of Plaintiff's Expert".  The article explains how expert reports may be used against an expert as a prior inconsistent statement for impeachment purposes.

The Voice of the Defense Bar recognized Ed Ruberry on March 2, 2011 for a significant ruling from the Supreme Court of New York, finding that the insurance policy issued by his client, Lincoln General Insurance Co., was excess to two other insurers with respect to nearly $5 million in defense costs incurred by an additional insured under all three policies. The decision stemmed from a lawsuit initiated by a property owner who sought coverage for claims resulting from a 2008 crane collapse in New York City.

On June 29, 2011, The Voice of the Defense Bar again recognized Ed Ruberry when he obtained a unanimous decision from the New York Appelate Division affirming the landmark ruling that held the policy limits settlement between his client, Lincoln General Insurance Company, and third-party plaintiffs extinguished his client's duty to defend its named insured and additional insureds.

In March 2011, RSG attorney Ellen Jenkins co-authored an article published by IRMI summarizing D&O securities litigation trends.  The article discusses, among other topics:  the increased frequency of securities class actions, particularly securities class actions arising from merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions; the average securities class action settlement; federal regulators' stepped-up enforcement activities; and foreign involvement in securities class actions.

In the January 2011 issue of Chicago Lawyer, Ed Ruberry was recognized as being a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, a unique distinction that places him among the Top Lawyers in Illinois. A lawyer cannot buy the distinction of being a Leading Lawyer. This distinction is only earned by being among those lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys. Respondents also could not recommend themselves or lawyers at their law firm to obtain this recognition.

In November 2010, John Stalmack won a trial victory in federal court involving a commercial breach of contract action against Internap Network Services Corp., an Atlanta-based corporation. At the end of trial, John asked the jury to award his client the full amount of commissions that Internap Network Services failed to pay the plaintiff for her work on three of the largest accounts closed. The jury convened for less than an hour and returned a verdict in favor of John's client and awarded significantly more than what was originally sought.

John Stalmack was recognized in the November 2010 publication of The Voice, after obtaining a defense verdict in a benzene products liability case, Hornback v. River Valley Coatings, Inc.  The plaintiff alleged that as a result of her husband's work in the painting department for 40 years he contracted Leukemia, which ultimately led to his death. The claims against our client, River Valley, were based on allegations that the paints and solvents manufactured and distributed by River Valley contained benzene, a known carcinogen. After a two week trial, the jury returned a jury verdict on behalf of defendant River Valley.  This is the first verdict of its kind in Illinois, where a jury found in favor of a manufacturer/distributor in a benzene related wrongful death action.

Ed Ruberry was recognized in the May 2010 publication of The Voice for a landmark ruling he obtained from the Supreme Court of New York, New York County. The court found that a policy limits settlement by his client, Lincoln General Insurance Company, extinguished his client's duty to defend its named insured and additional insureds. The court's decision was the result of Lincoln General's efforts to intervene and settle one of the numerous claims from a fatal crane collapse in New York City.

 

 
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Professional Presentations by RSG Attorneys

  • Chicago, ISBA Tort Law Section. "Foundations, Evidence & Objections: Before Trial, During Trial, On Appeal, or After a Settlement"
  • London, Catlin UK, "Time-Sensitive & Multi-Claimant Demands Avoiding Bad Faith"
  • Lincoln General Insurance, "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Bad Faith Litigation"
  • Insurance Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, "MCS-90 Obligations and Insurance Coverage Issues"
  • Catlin US, "Time-Sensitive & Multi-Claimant Demands Avoiding Bad Faith"
  • Loyola Law School, "Defense of a Medical Malpractice Case"
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, "Opening Statement: Effective Methods of Communication with the Jury"
  • ISBA, CLE for Illinois Lawyers, Bloomington, "A Practical and Substantive Discussion of the Law as it Relates to Opening Statements"
  • ISBA, CLE for Illinois Lawyers, Chicago, "Practice Points and Developments of Current Law on Litigating Defense Against Construction Injury Cases"
  • South Carolina, "Transportation Revenue Management Group: Fall Conference"
  • Moline, IL, ISBA Law Ed: "Civil Practice and Procedure Update"
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, "Motions in Limine"
  • OneBeacon, Chicago, "Corporate/Partnership Structures: Liability and Exposures"
  • Chicago, Chicago Bar Association Trial Academy. "Jury Selection"
  • "Good Faith Claims Handling in Florida", presented by Ross Smyk in Miami, Florida with live satellite feeds in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Itasca, Illinois with RSG attorneys Sarah Ruberry, Adam Maxwell and Richard Kuntz.
  • Chicago, Illinois State Bar Association, ISBA. "Trial Objections"