Edward P. Gibbons

Edward GibbonsFounding Partner
Phone: 312.244.6744
Fax: 312.244.6800/6801


Ed Gibbons is a trial attorney with more than 25 years experience, specializing in commercial litigation, personal injury and product liability defense, construction litigation, class action defense, toxic tort disputes, transportation litigation, nursing home law, admiralty matters, insurance coverage counseling and disputes, and defamation law. He has represented a wide variety of individual and corporate clients, including, but not limited to, architects and engineers, building owners and managers, general and subcontractors, railroads, trucking companies, automobile and component part manufacturers, power tool and aerial lift manufacturers, boat manufacturers and sellers, lawn and garden tool manufacturers and sellers, newspaper reporters and publishers, steel producers, chemical manufacturers, nursing homes, insurance companies, and state agencies.


Ed’s practice is truly nationwide, as he has personally handled cases in Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. His body of work includes numerous successful trials, arbitrations, appeals, summary judgments, class actions, settlement negotiations, and various other alternative dispute resolutions.

His most recent trial and appellate work includes:

  • SMS Demag v. Material Sciences Corporation (U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit)
  • Rush Ontario v. K2 Architects (AAA Arbitration, Milwaukee, WI)
  • Omohundro v. Song (Chicago, IL)
  • Edwards v. Paddock Publications (Chicago, IL)
  • Mill Equipment v. Robinson Steel (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Childress v. Norman and NEMA (Champaign, IL)
  • State v. Farrug (Waukegan, IL)
  • Kurland Steel v. Robinson Steel (Champaign, IL)
  • Walisiak v. General Motors (Chicago, IL)
  • BC Venture v. Westmont (Wheaton, IL)
  • Dallito v. Susi (Arlington Heights, IL)
  • Hoffman v. Echo (Chicago, IL)

Ed takes particular pride in evaluating cases early, with an eye toward convincing the court and/opposing counsel to dismiss his client from the case before engaging in unnecessary discovery. As a result of his early evaluation/early disposition approach, Ed’s clients have recently been voluntarily and involuntarily dismissed from the following cases:

  • Addesso v. Material Sciences Corporation (Dismissed via summary judgment motion; International Court of Arbitration)
  • Canciari v. Myefeski Cook (Voluntary dismissal)
  • McGee v. Cordogan Clark (Dismissed via summary judgment motion)
  • Jurciukonis v. K2 Architects (Voluntary dismissal)
  • Stillman v. Great Lakes Soil (Voluntary dismissal/motion pending)
  • Heritage v. Condon Consulting (Voluntary dismissal/motion pending)
  • Monarch Gems v. Malca-Amit (Dismissed via summary judgment motion)
  • SMS Demag v. Material Sciences Corporation (Dismissed via summary judgment motion)
  • Black Diamond v. Searcy (Dismissed via summary judgment motion)
  • Carpenter v. Union Laboratories (Dismissed via summary judgment motion)
  • Healy v. K2 Architects (Dismissed via summary judgment motion)

Ed has authored several papers outlining the Illinois Tort Reform Act and the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Act. He has also co-authored two papers entitled “Product Liability for Sellers of Industrial Equipment,” presented to the Chicago Industrial Truck Dealers Association, and “Product Liability of Sellers of Industrial Equipment,” presented to the Aerial Platform Trade Association. Ed has spoken at the Electric Utility Fleet Manager’s National Conference and the American Boat and Yacht Council Conference regarding the “Liability for Used Goods Sellers,” the “Manufacturer’s Post Sale Duty to Warn,” “Spoliation of Evidence,” and “Quality Standards in Litigation.” Ed was also a featured speaker at the Product Safety Seminar of the Equipment Manufacturer’s Institute, addressing the “Globalization of Product Liability.”

Ed has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, acting as lead trial counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation following Illinois’s worst bus/train accident. As part of his “non-traditional” trial work, Ed successfully defended a major metropolitan newspaper and 14 of its employees and editors in a $20 million defamation suit, and assisted criminal counsel in the successful defense of a boat operator accused of involuntary manslaughter. Ed also provides general outside counsel and litigation advice to several clients, including architectural engineering firms, manufacturing concerns, and insurance companies providing personal lines, construction, trucking, and nursing home coverage.


U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, D. Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

Professional and Community Organizations

Defense Research Institute
McHenry County Bar Association
PADS Homeless Shelter


College of William & Mary, B.B.A., 1985
Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1989