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Jefferey Ogden Katz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Chicago, IL

Loftus & Eisenberg, Ltd.
161 N Clark St, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-899-6625
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Professional Liability: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Jefferey Ogden Katz is an attorney at Loftus & Eisenberg, Ltd, in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Katz concentrates his practice on professional liability, serving clients throughout the Chicago area. He has over 17 years of legal experience and provides dedicated and comprehensive representation to his clients.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Katz has been involved in numerous professional liability cases in Illinois and across the nation. His practice serves both plaintiffs and defendants, including individuals and professionals, in litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as arbitration or mediation. He has obtained major recoveries through verdicts and settlements for many of his clients.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Katz an AV Preeminent* peer review rating. This is the highest available rating from the organization, given to attorneys demonstrating high ethical standards and legal ability. 

Law Bulletin Media has included Mr. Katz on its “Emerging Lawyers” and “Leading Lawyers” lists. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice and regularly lectures for groups including The Chicago Bar Association and the American Conference Institute.

Mr. Katz earned a bachelor's degree in international relations and political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a license to practice law before all Illinois and Wisconsin state courts, several federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 7th circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

About Jefferey Ogden Katz

First Admitted: 2004, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.loftusandeisenberg.com/jefferey-o-katz.html

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyers 2020 (Professional Responsibility)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List 2013-2019 (Professional Responsibility)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • American Association for Justice Trial Lawyers Care Award 2014 (Finalist)
  • Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer 2015-2016
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company Emerging Lawyers 2015 (Commercial Litigation and Professional Malpractice Defense Law:  Including Legal/Technical/Financial)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • American Association for Justice NLD Education Committee (2012-2018)
  • Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee (2009-Present)
  • Board Member Bright Star Church (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Founding Member of The Auge-Katz Family Foundation (benefitting victims of auto accidents who cannot pay for their medical care)
  • Chicago Bar Association e-mentoring program mentor (2006-2007, 2012)
  • Volunteer attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (2005-Present)
  • Regional Coordinator American Association for Justice STAC Program (2013, 2014)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Admissions Ambassador (2015-Present), 2016
  • Founding Board Member of The Up Foundation (benefits Autism Speaks and Children’s Heart Foundation), 2009
  • American Association for Justice Law Schools Committee (2012-Present)
  • American Association for Justice NLD Education Committee (Present)

Representative Clients

  • Corporations Professionals (including legal, medical, dental and accounting) Financial professionals High net-worth individuals

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Harmon v. Gordon et al., 712 F.3d 1044 (7th Cir. 2013)
  • Pippen v. NBC Universal Media et al., 734 F.3d 610 (7th Cir. 2013)
  • Rosenberger v. United Community Bancshares, 2017 Il. App. (1st) 161102, 2017
  • Huang v. Brenson et al., 7 N.E.2d 729 (1st Dist. 2014)  

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI, B.A. in International Relations and Political Science, May 2000

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) (earning the Advocate distinction and am a Pound Fellow)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • State of Wisconsin, September 2009
  • State of Illinois, November 2004
  • American Association for Justice AAJ Press Advisory Board (Present)
  • Chair, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Professional Responsibility Committee (2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 years)
  • Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Ohio, Texas, Indiana, Michigan and DC state courts
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 2005
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, August 2014
  • Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2009
  • Mentor, Chicago Bar Association Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, 2012
  • Founding Chair, American Association for Justice Professional Liability Litigation Group, 2012-Present
  • Chicago Bar Association E-Mentoring Program Mentor 2006-2007, 2012
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Recruiting Coordinator, 2011
  • Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Law Student Orientation Program, 2012
  • Brief Grader for Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition - 2006
  • Volunteer Attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services 2005 - Present
  • Member, Law Schools Committee, American Association for Justice, 2012 - Present
  •  Member, Affinities Committee, American Association for Justice, 2013 - 2014
  • Regional Chair, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2013
  • Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee 2009 - Present
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Section, Professional Responsibility Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 2009 - 2014

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • National Association of Legal Fee Analysis Senior Fellow (February 2018)
  • National Association of Legal Fee Analysis Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees (March 2017)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • National Academy of Continuing Legal Education: Ethics 2017 (6.0 credit hours of ethics presentation) (Chicago, February 2017)
  • American Association for Justice End Distracted Driving (www.EndDD.org) speaker (Present)
  • Moderator: Chicago Bar Association Seminar-State of the Profession (December 2012)
  • Attorneys, The Internet, & Hate Speech: An Argument for an Amended Model Rule 8.4, Seattle Journal for Social Justice (Summer 2014 issue)
  • American Association for Justice Winter Seminar: Avoiding a Legal Malpractice Claim (Austin, Texas, February 2017)
  • American Association for Justice Winter Convention: Four Hot Spots to Avoid Legal Malpractice (Miami, FL, February 2019)
  • Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee: Avoiding the Dreaded Legal Malpractice Claim (Chicago, May 2017)
  • Seven Tips for Client Communications, AAJ Trial Magazine (July 2017)
  • Attorney’s Retaining Liens: Know Your Rights But Assert Then Cautiously (Volume 20, Number 1, Winter 2018 Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association)
  • National Academy of Continuing Legal Education: Ethical Tips for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners (Chicago, February 2018)
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention: Risk Management for the Plaintiff’s Attorney (Denver, CO, July 2018)
  • APEX CLE: Avoiding the Malpractice Claim (Arlington Heights, IL, October 2018)
  • Chicago Bar Association: The Interplay Between the Rules of Professional Conduct and Malpractice Claims (YLS Professional Responsibility Committee) (Chicago, IL, October 2018)
  • Chicago Bar Association:  Practical and Ethical Considerations of Litigation Funding (Chicago, IL, December 2018)
  • Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Illinois Professional Responsibility MCLE Marathon 2019 (Chicago, April 2019)
  • Rules 1.3 and 1.4 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, Half Moon Seminar, Chicago, October 2006
  • APEX CLE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues for Attorneys and Clients (Chicago, September 2019)
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson 2020 LMRM Conference: Successful Mediation Strategies (Chicago, March 2020)
  • The book titled “Risk Management for the Plaintiff’s Attorney,” AAJ Press (forthcoming)
  • View from the Plaintiff's Bar: Adapting Your Claims and Litigation Strategies to New and Innovative Theories Being Brought by Your Adversaries, ACI/LPL Legal Malpractice Conference, New York, May 2012
  • Risk Management from the Plaintiff's Perspective, Presented to the Professional Liability Litigation Group at American Association for Justice Winter Convention, 2013
  • Moderator, Chicago Bar Association Seminar on State of the Profession, December 2012
  • Contributing Author-- wrote six monthly articles on the areas of attorney ethics and professional responsibility, Inside Counsel Magazine, 2013
  • Streamlining Client Representation: Leveraging New Business Structures, Law Bulletin Seminar, June 2014
  • Professional Liability Dispute Resolution, National Business Institute Webcast, December 2014
  • "Managing the Attorney Malpractice Case," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Handbook, 2015
  • "No Good Mental Note: Keys to Progressing," AAJ Trial Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Attorneys, the Internet & Hate Speech: An Argument for an Amended Model Rule 8.4," Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 2014
  • (Forthcoming 2015), Managing the Attorney Malpractice Case, IICLE, 2015
  • Avoiding Malpractice: 10 Tips for Supervisory Attorneys, AAJ Trial Magazine, 2015
  • Malpractice Risk Seminar: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Win My Cases (Chicago, January 2016), 2016
  • Demystifying the Law School Application Process, UIC Pre-Law Society (Chicago, September 2016), 2016
  • Avoidance of the Dreaded Legal Malpractice Claim, American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Baltimore, July 2014
  • Moderator, Chicago Bar Association Seminars on Rules of Professional Conduct, 2009-2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Ethics Conference Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015
  • So You Want to File a Legal Malpractice Case? American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Chicago, July 2012
  • A Practical Due Diligence Checklist on Preventing the Most Common Attorneys Errors in Civil Litigation, ACI/LPL Legal Malpractice Conference, New York, May 2012
  • Ethical Considerations Related to Modern Technology, Chicago Bar Association YLS Professional Responsibility Committee, Chicago, September 2010

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Office Location for Jefferey Ogden Katz

161 N Clark St
16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-899-6625

Last Updated: 12/2/2021

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