Edward K. Grassé

Edward K. Grassé

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Busse, Busse & Grassé
 | 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3518
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-750-1212
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (70%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

Edward K. Grasse concentrates his practice on civil litigation, construction litigation, and insurance coverage. He earned his B.S. in political science and sociology from Northern Illinois University, and his J.D. with Honors from IIT -- Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr. Grasse's experience has focused on the defense of civil cases, including the E2 nightclub case, the Taste of Chicago Salmonella cases, and the Holy Name Cathedral fire case. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Defense Counsel.  He is also the former chair of the Illinois Defense Counsel's Civil Practice Committee and former author of the Civil Practice column for the IDC Quarterly. He also serves on the Judicial Evaluation Committee and the Legislative Committee of The Chicago Bar Association.

About Edward Grassé

Admitted: 1998, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.bussepc.com/pages/edward__k__grass_/17.php

Honors and Awards:

  • Service award received for many years of service as the Chair of the Civil Practice Committee for the IDC.  , Meritorious Service Award, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Active member of the Chicago Bar Association. Board Member for the Illinois Assoication of Defense Trial Counsel. Former chair of the Civil Practice Section of the CBA.  Appointed member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee and the Legislative Committee of the CBA.   Active member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.  Former Chair of the Civil Practice Committee.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • This article addressed a recent Supreme Court case which addressed whether a finding of liability was sufficient to trigger third party contribution rights or if it was required that payment of more than one's pro rata share was required.  , Author, Payment of Finding of Liability: What is the Proper Trigger for the Third Party Contribution Claim, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2012
  • This article analyzed a recent Illinois Supreme Court case on spoliation and whether the role of "potential litigant" was sufficient to create a duty to preserve evidence. , Author, Is The Relationship Of “Potential Litigants” Sufficient To Support Spoliation Claims?, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2012
  • Author, Payment of Finding of Liability; What is the Proper Trigger for the Third Party Contribution Claim, 2012
  • This article addressed a recent Federal Court decision indicating that an attorney could have a conflict of interest in representing an insured when an excess judgment is threatened and provided practical advice for the handling of such cases.  , Author, Does the Potential for an Excess Verdict Create a Conflict of Interest for an Attorney?, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2011
  • TBD, Co-Author, Illinois Supreme Court Modifies its Thornton Decision, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2010
  • This article provided legal analysis of cases premised on a violation of a safety statute as prima facie evidence of negligence and addressed the proper way to handle such cases for the practitioner.  , Co-Author, Taking Control: Attacking Pleadings Claiming a Violation of a Safety Statute as Prima Facie Evidence of Negligence, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2010
  • This was a two part article with Views of the Chief Judge of the Law Division, William Maddux, and other judges on handling motions for summary judgment in Cook County and in other areas of the state.  , Author, Views from the Bench on Summary Judgment, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2009
  • This article provided an assessment of how practioners should discuss the role of apportionment of fault following the Illinois Supreme Court's decision in Ready v. Goedeke., Author, Advising Clients After Ready, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2009
  • This article addressed a recent Fifth Circuit case which allowed a disclosure from an evidence deposition to act as a proper disclosure under Rule 213.  Following this article, I was successful in proposing and enacting a change to Rule 213 that limited such disclosures to those that occurred in evidence depositions.  , Author, Can an Evidence Deposition Act as a Proper Disclosure Under Rule 213?, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2004
  • This was a detailed review of the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions on the minimally culpable defendany and the impact that 735 ILCS 5/2-1117 would have on the apportionment of fault in jury trials., Author, Apportionment and the Minimally Culpable Defendant, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2003
  • This article summarized the rules and regulations regarding the disclosure of Mental Health records under the Mental Health Act and provided insight into practical tips for obtaining these records.  , Author, Disclosure of Mental Health Records in Illinois, Illinois Association Of Defense Trial Counsel, 2001
  • Currently the author of the quarterly column of the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for the IDC Quarterly, published by the Illinois Defense Counsel. Contributing author to the Legal Workbook for Religious Organizations which was prepared by the Chicago Bar Association Interfaith Law Committee. Co-author of Proposed Changes to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure and Related Statutes and Doctrines, IDC Quarterly, Volume 17, #2, 2007. Co-author of the Defense Update, specifically Is Prejudice a Factor in Determining the Proper Sanction for Failure to Comply with Rule 213 Disclosure, Spring Edition, 2002, Civil Practice and Procedure.  
  • Presenter for two years at IICLE presentation entitled Taking Your First Doctor's Deposition, Speaker, Taking Your First Doctor's Deposition

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Settled Defamation claim against my clients for $1.  Initial demand was $400,000.  , 2015
  • Wilson v. Hoskins - Directed Verdict in favor of defendant based on plaintiff's failure to prove intoxication as a matter of law.  , 2013
  • McPherson v. Cadenas - Defense Verdict, 2011
  • Hendon v. Don Pedro - Defense Verdict, 2009
  • Bublick v. ANPAC - UM case - defense finding, 2008
  • Weston v. Bobak - Defense Verdict, 2007
  • Dwyer v. Oasis 160 - Defense Verdict, 2007
  • Light & Power v. Higgins Green and White - Plaintiff's case - won for plaintiff, 2006
  • Allied Drywall - Defense Verdict, 2005
  • Sussman v. Concordia  - Defense Verdict, 2005
  • Kallas v. Leoni v. Arrow Pin - Defense verdict, 2003
  • Burge - plaintiff's case with defense of counterclaim - verdict for client and not guilty on counterclaim, 2001
  • Taylor v. Comm-Exec - Defense Verdict, 1999
  • Tondryk v. Cuellar - Defense Verdict, 1999
  • Aviles v. Feeney - Defense verdict, 1998

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University with a double major in Political Science and Sociology., 1993

Industry Groups

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Office Location for Edward K. Grassé

    20 North Wacker Drive
    Suite 3518
    Chicago, IL 60606

     

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