Our Attorneys

Edward F. Ruberry

In the area of complex commercial litigation, Ed has substantial experience in the trial of major lawsuits. He has obtained numerous multimillion dollar verdicts on behalf of clients in multiple jurisdictions across the nation and has obtained many settlements in excess of 20 million dollars.  

Ed has represented clients in some of the nation's largest commercial lawsuits throughout the country including: the Corrugated Container Antitrust Litigation; the Uranium Cartel Antitrust Litigation; the Folding Carton Antitrust Litigation; the Fine Paper Antitrust Litigation; and the Liquid Gas Antitrust Litigation. Ed has tried price fixing cases including the six month trial of the Corrugated Container Antitrust Litigation in Houston, Texas.  He also has tried cases involving rule of reason and group boycotts. 

Additionally, Mr. Ruberry represented the officers and directors of Continental Bank in the Continental Bank Securities Litigation which involved the demise of Penn Square Bank and the massive EPS securities litigation.  He also was one of the lead lawyers for the insurance industry in the Attorney Generals' tobacco litigation, as well as the suits against the manufacturers of breast implants.  

Ed is also active in toxic tort litigation and has served as lead counsel in numerous multi-district lawsuits. He has litigated numerous complex insurance coverage disputes and bad faith actions on a nationwide basis.  He has also tried cases on behalf of professionals, including suits involving attorney/accountant and architect/engineer malpractice and broker liability.

Throughout the country, Ed has tried scores of cases in such diverse jurisdictions as Houston, Texas; Palestine, Texas; Decatur, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; Denver, Colorado; New York, New York; and Chicago, Illinois. For purposes of brevity, the following is a list of some of the noteworthy matters that he has tried to verdict:

  • Pillsbury v. International Paper - Federal Court, Houston, Texas. Ed represented Pillsbury against 15 defendants in a price-fixing conspiracy case. After a six month jury trial, Ed obtained a verdict in favor of Pillsbury, with his clients receiving over $8 million from the litigation.
  • TIG v. Phelps Dunbar - Tampa, Florida. Ed successfully obtained a $6.2 million verdict in an arbitration proceeding on behalf of our client, the underlying insurer. The suit involved a legal malpractice action against defense counsel for its failure to adequately defend the insured in the underlying action.

  • Sargent and Lundy v. ISLIC - State Court, Chicago, Illinois. Ed represented a Crum & Forster entity in the longest insurance coverage trial in the history of Cook County. The case involved nuclear power plants in Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois, and required 161 trial days over the course of five years to complete. The plaintiff sought over $100 million in damages. The case is under a protective order.

  • Wells Fargo v. Zurich - State Court, New York. Ed tried an environmental coverage case to verdict in the New York Supreme Court wherein he represented Kemper regarding an environmental policy purchased as additional security on a loan tied to a number of Florida gas stations. The plaintiffs claimed damages of $12-15 million. Ed obtained a verdict of zero damages after the plaintiffs turned down $960,000. The case was recently affirmed on appeal.

  • Will v. Comprehensive Accounting - Federal Court, Chicago, Illinois. Ed represented numerous franchises in a case against Comprehensive Accounting involving claims of group boycott, tie-in and breach of contract clause. After a lengthy trial, the jury returned a winning verdict for millions of dollars in favor of numerous franchises.

  • Johnson v. City of New Orleans - State Court, New Orleans, Louisiana. Ed defended a class action brought against the City of New Orleans by the residents of the Agricultural Landfill Project wherein the plaintiffs sought tens of millions of dollars for property damage and bodily injury. The plaintiffs alleged that the exposure to environmental conditions at the site caused these catastrophic losses. After a lengthy trial on class certification, Ed was able to settle the case for a reasonable amount.

  • CSX Transportation v. Admiral - State Court, Jacksonville, Florida. CSX brought a suit to obtain coverage against a number of carriers to recover tens of millions of dollars that it had expended to remediate environmental problems at numerous railroad yards throughout the country, and to obtain reimbursement for settlement of a number of cases involving exposure to chemicals and other toxic materials. After a month long trial, our client did not have to pay a verdict based upon Ed's damage allocation theory.

  • EPS Litigation - Chicago, Illinois. Ed obtained a $2.8 million dollar verdict on behalf of a law firm against a client on a fee dispute case.  Ed also obtained a defense verdict as to the multi-million dollar counter claim.

  • International Ins. Co. v. Employer's Casualty - Federal Court, Huntsville, Alabama. Ed tried a case in Decatur, Alabama on behalf of an excess carrier, against a primary carrier for failure to settle within policy limits. After a one month trial, the jury returned a favorable verdict on behalf of Ed's client for $900,000, the maximum amount that could be awarded under the contract.

  • Continental Western Ins. Co. v. Foxfire Townhomes Owners Association Inc., - Polk County, Iowa, and Iowa Court of Appeals.  Ed obtained a favorable ruling following a lengthy trial where the state court held that liability insurance did not provide coverage for repair and replacement costs associated with allegedly defective roof work claims. The court held that defective construction work alone does not constitute an "occurrence" causing "property damage" under client's GL policy. The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed and further review was denied.

  • Goodman v. Otis - Federal Court, Denver, Colorado. Ed obtained a defense verdict on behalf of his client for breach of contract against a plaintiff seeking millions of dollars in damages. Ed then obtained a liability verdict for the client on its counterclaim based on breach of contract and malicious prosecution which resulted in his client obtaining millions of dollars.

  • Kemper v. Broadspire - Chicago, Illinois. Ed obtained a verdict in excess of $500,000 for breach of contract and professional negligence on behalf of an insurance carrier against its MGA; this was the maximum amount that could be awarded under the insurance contract.

  • Pillsbury v. Alton Box - Chicago, Illinois. Ed obtained a $21.5 Million settlement as an "opt out" Plaintiff in an antitrust case in the Northern District of Illinois. The entire class consisting of thousands of Plaintiffs only obtained a $190 million settlement.

  • In re: Securities Litigation - Chicago, Illinois.  Ed obtained a $15 million settlement in a securities case against a national brokerage firm and for malpractice against a national accounting firm. The case is under a protective order.

 

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Contact:

Phone: 312-466-7222

Email: Ed.Ruberry@rsg-law.com

Practice Area:

Bad Faith; Commercial Litigation; Construction; Environmental; Insurance Coverage; Intellectual Property Litigation; Professional Liability; Toxic Torts

Practice / Specifications:

Complex Commercial Litigation including Antirust and Securities; Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation; Class Actions and Mass Tort Litigation; Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation; Professional Liability including the defense of Lawyers, Accountants, Bankers, Directors and Officers.

Education:

  • Editor, Loyola University Law Review
  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D.
  • Coe College, B.A.
  • US Marine Corps, PFC

Judicial Clerkships & Lecturing Positions:

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Daniel P. Ward, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Arthur P. McGloon, Presiding Judge of the Illinois Appellate Court
  • Extern Clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Becker, United States District Court for the East District of Pennsylvania

Recognition:

Leading Lawyers routinely recognizes Ed as one of the "Top Business Lawyers in Illinois" in the trial of complex case litigation including commercial, environmental and mass tort litigation, antitrust and securities, and insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

Ed is routinely selected as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of complex cases.

Ed has received the Highest Possible Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ AV® Preeminent™

Speaking Engagements:

  • Lead Speaker, Banking Liability Seminar for insurance industry in New York
  • Lead Speaker, Synopsis of an Antitrust Case for Combined Illinois and Chicago Bar Association
  • Lead Speaker, Time-Limited Settlement Demands: Avoiding Bad Faith Claims Handling
  • Lead Speaker, Corporate/Partnership Structures: Liability and Exposures

Publications:

  • The Defense of Lead Poisoning Claims
  • Attorney Malpractice and Insurance Coverage Issues in Louisiana
  • Subprime Mortgage Crisis & Professional Liability Litigation
  • Tort Reform - A Survey of Federal and State Regulation
  • Subrogation - 17 State Survey of Insured's Rights
  • Overview of Issues and Federal Law Re: Employment Practices Liability Exposure
  • Overview of Construction Defect Litigation and GCL Coverage
  • 50 State Survey - The Interpretation of the Absolute and Total Pollution Exclusions
  • Bad Faith Claims and Issues
  • 50 State Survey -  An Insured's Rights to Recover Attorney's Fees
  • Choice and Control of Defense Counsel and Costs
  • Bad Faith & Environmental Coverage Disputes
  • ERC Real Estate - Errors & Omissions Coverage
  • Bad Faith Litigation in Illinois
  • A Review of Environmental Coverage Case Law
  • National Survey of Bad Faith Law
  • National Survey of Statutes and Cases on Bad-Faith Claims