Jeff is an experienced trial lawyer who has litigated a wide variety of disputes for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individuals and small businesses. Jeff is ranked by Chambers & Partners as a recognized practitioner for general commercial litigation in Illinois.
Jeff spent ten years at Jenner & Block, where he was a partner in the Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice group and focused his practice on complex litigation and enforcement matters involving the financial services industry. Jeff, along with firm founder Chris Gair, represented the trustee for Sentinel Management Group, Inc. in dozens of lawsuits against Sentinel’s former executives, clearing and custodial bank, brokers, auditors, and former customers, and succeeded in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of Sentinel’s creditors. Jeff also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and representing companies and individuals in investigations by the DOJ, SEC, and CFTC.
Jeff further has litigated numerous disputes for private equity firms and small businesses in matters arising out of acquisitions, commercial transactions, shareholder disputes, and more.
Jeff obtained a B.A. in Economics and Spanish and graduated cum laude from Colgate University. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, was Order of the Coif, and served as Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. After law school, Jeff clerked for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jeff also is active in the community, serving as President of Foundations of Music, a not-for-profit that provides music education to inner-city schoolchildren.
Jeff lives in Chicago with his wife and two children. When he is not working or spending time with his family, Jeff plays drums with his band and enjoys cooking, working out, playing tennis, and reading.
Gair Eberhard Nelson Dedinas Ltd
1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60601
Jeff showed the unique ability to understand and anticipate the plaintiff’s case so that we always remained several steps ahead of our opponent.
-Henning-Carey Proprietary Trading