Sarah E. Ruberry
Sarah has extensive litigation experience and has conducted more
than 100 arbitrations, negotiated numerous settlements, and
has tried over 25 bench and jury trials to verdict.
Since joining RSG, Sarah has handled numerous direct defense
actions involving personal injury and legal malpractice and has
also defended insurance carriers in several multi-million dollar
actions involving land use and zoning, civil rights violations,
environmental issues and bad faith.
Sarah has also represented carriers as plaintiffs in arbitration
matters in many states and jurisdictions.
Sarah represented a national carrier against a large third
party administrator at arbitration and successfully obtained an
award for the full amount of damages in excess of $500,000 plus
interest in favor of the carrier.
In addition, Sarah handled a two week trial involving an
environmental policy issued by a national insurance carrier.
The trial was heard before Judge Ramos in the First Department of
the New York Supreme Court, Wells Fargo v. Zurich. At trial,
the insured argued that it had incurred over $12 million in damages
as a result of a loss in the fair market value of the property
caused by environmental contamination. The insured
alternatively argued that its damages were $6.25 million for
the amount of clean-up costs incurred. After discrediting the
plaintiff's experts and evidence, Sarah and her trial team
established that the insured was entitled to zero dollars in
Sarah also assisted in successfully obtaining a $6.2 million award
following a lengthy three week arbitration in Tampa, Florida on
behalf of an insurance carrier in a matter involving legal
malpractice by the insured's retained counsel.
Recently, Sarah, along with her trial team, obtained a landmark
ruling on behalf of a national carrier from Judge Karen Smith of
the Supreme Court of New York in a case involving millions in
damages as a result of the multiple deaths, personal injuries and
property damage from a crane collapse in New York City. In
this case of first impression, Judge Smith extinguished the
carrier's duty to defend its named insured and additional insureds
despite the existence of other related unsettled and pending
Commercial Litigation; Construction Defect; Environmental;
General Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Professional Liability; and
- Illinois State Bar
- Federal Court: Northern District of Illinois
- Federal Court: Central District of Illinois
- Cook County Assistant State's Attorney's Office: Civil
- Federal Court Judicial Externships: Judge Blanche M. Manning,
Northern District of Illinois, Judge George W. Lindberg, Northern
District of Illinois
- Certified Cook County Arbitrator
- Chicago Bar Association
10 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1800
Chicago, Illinois 60603
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., High Honors.
- Concordia University, M.A, High Honors.
- Concordia University, B.A, Cum Laude.
- Order of the Coif - a distinction earned for graduating law
school in the top 10%; Chicago-Kent Merit Scholar
- CALI awards - a recognition given for receiving the highest
grade in a given law school course. Sarah earned three CALI
awards: Commercial Law Payment Systems, Family Law, and Business
- Publications: "Avoiding Bad Faith Claims, Time-Sensitive &
Multi-Claimant Demands" Presentation, London
- Leading Lawyer in the following areas: Commercial Litigation,
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance, Personal Injury