Attorney in Rock Island, IL
Jerry is a partner of Pappas, O'Connor & Fildes, P.C.
Jerry is an accomplished litigator with over twenty years of trial experience resolving complex civil and commercial disputes for corporate clients, municipalities and non-profits. He counsels clients on risk management to mitigate current concerns and prevent future claims. Jerry successfully tried to verdict and arbitrated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts. He won a defense verdict for American Airlines in the first case tried in the United States alleging the lack of a defibrillator caused the death of a passenger. He accurately evaluates risk at an early stage and is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution, mediating and arbitrating many matters to avoid expensive and lengthy legal proceedings. He is a certified mediator. He possesses superior analytical, research and case management skills with an extensive record of resolving multi-party and complicated disputes. Jerry has vast legal and business experience including product liability, professional malpractice and commercial litigation. He is a widely published and recognized professional who is awarded the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics.
Publications & Speeches:
Presenter, "Medicare: New Mandatory Reporting Requirements and Implications for Settlement of Third Party Claims," SmithAmundsen Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 15, 2010 and February 23, 2010.
Presenter, "Responding to Catastrophic Loss: Lessons Learned from the Aviation Industry," USLAW Network Fall Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, 2008.
Presenter, "From Columbine to Northern Illinois University - Risk Management for In-School Violence," Claims Association of Greater Chicago, Spring Seminar, 2008.
Co-author, "Airport Commercial Ground Transportation Programs Survey of Law" Airport Cooperative Research Program's Legal Research Digest 3, July 2008.
Co-author, "Survey of Laws and Regulations of Airport Commercial Ground Transportation," ACRP Program 11-01, "Legal Aspects of Airport Regulations," Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., July 2008.
Presenter, "We Did It Right, Why Did It Go Wrong?," PRIMA 2007 Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 2007.
Presenter, "Government Tort Immunity Update," General Star, 2006.
Presenter, "Planning for Bird Flu Pandemic," SmithAmundsen Health Care and Aviation Practice Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2006.
Author, "The Federal Government's Response to the Avian Bird Flu Focusing on the Regulations Contemplated for the Airline Industry," SmithAmundsen Health Care and
Aviation Practice Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2006.
Presenter, "Multiparty, Multiforum Trial Jurisdiction Act of 2002," Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium, Dallas, TX, 2004.
Author, "Dealing with Complex(icon) Problems Resulting from Mass Disasters," Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium, Dallas, TX, 2004.
Co-author, "Recent Developments in Aviation & Space Law," Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal Volume 38: Number 2, Winter 2003.
Author, "Aviation Law Update," Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 2002.
Memberships & Appointments:
- Certified Mediator, Illinois State Bar Association, 2010.
- Vice Chairman: Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association.
- Member: Aviation Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute; Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee; and the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association.
- Certified Instructor for Continued Education for Insurance Adjusters, Texas Department of Insurance, 2006.
- Named: Strathmore's Who's Who.
Areas of Law:
Experience & Credentials:
Law School Attended:
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Class of 1989
University of Illinois
Class of 1986
Born in 1964
April 12, 1964
Associations & Memberships:
Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; American Bar Association (Vice Chairman, Aviation and Space Law Committee; Member, Aviation Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute; Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee; and the Aviation and Space Law Committee).