Gerald Bekkerman, Partner

Gerald BekkermanGerald J. Bekkerman, founder of Bekkerman Law Offices, LLC, is a respected trial lawyer with a history of success representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Gerald began his career as an insurance defense lawyer, specializing in defending commercial and general liability injury cases. This early experience as a defense lawyer has given Gerald a unique perspective and now provides an advantage when pursuing cases against large corporations and insurance companies. It did not take Gerald long to realize that his true calling in the law was not working for insurance companies, but helping individuals, and their families, who have been injured through the negligence of others.

In 2010, just shy of his 30th birthday, Gerald started Bekkerman Law Offices, LLC. Since opening its doors, the firm has obtained more than 15 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for its clients nationwide. During that time Gerald has achieved a reputation as a tenacious trial lawyer in the Courtroom with a noteworthy history of trial success in high profile cases. Gerald has obtained jury verdicts for his clients nationwide, including a record setting jury verdict in Tennessee for a family injured in a truck accident and a headline making multi-million dollar jury verdict against the City of Chicago for an injured postal worker.  Gerald and his staff have been able to help hundreds of clients injured through the negligence of others receive fair and reasonable compensation to help them rebuild their lives.

Gerald has been honored by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 trial attorney nationwide, has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for four consecutive years, an honor given to only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing in Illinois, and is a lifetime member of the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his trial successes. Gerald is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, serving on the Board of Advocates and is also active with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Association of Justice.

Gerald is licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin state and federal courts. Gerald is also fluent in Russian and proficient in Spanish. He is involved with many charities and advocacy groups, including sitting on the Advisory Board of the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group focused on improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in Chicago and Illinois.

Gerald is a life-long Chicagoan, having grown up in the northwest suburbs and now makes his home in Chicago. He is an avid sports fan, hopelessly supporting his beloved Cubs, Bulls and Bears, Hawks and Fighting Illini. In his free time he enjoys traveling, playing sports, and riding his bike.


Education

  • J.D., Chicago Kent College of Law, Dean's List
  • B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Advocates
  • American Association of Justice
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Active Transportation Alliance, Advisory Board

 

Verdicts & Settlements

$4,500,000.00
$4.5 million for two women who were seriously injured in rural Ohio by a driver driving a semi-truck for a national trucking company.The driver of the truck had a history of safety violations including DUI, failed drug test, and multiple speeding tickets and radar use violations, all while working for the carrier. Both women required prolonged hospitalization and surgeries to recover from their injuries and may require further medical treatment in the future. For more information click here.


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Firm News

November 2016
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that a $2,250,000.00 settlement has been reached in The Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a 46 year old man who sustained significant injuries to his right knee following a bicycle accident in June of 2014. The case was settled on the eve of trial by Gerald Bekkerman and Jennifer Bekkerman of Bekkerman Law Offices. The lawsuit stemmed from a bike crash on Damen and Chicago Avenue in which the Plaintiff, a 46 year old musician, was riding in a bike lane on his way to work. At the same time, an employee of a construction company, driving a company vehicle, a Honda Insight, made a left hand turn into the path of the cyclist, causing a collision. There were no witnesses to the occurrence. Plaintiff alleged he had the right of way on a green light and was riding in the bike lane. Defendant claimed he entered the intersection, stopped, waited for traffic to pass, and then as he was making a left turn, the cyclist came out of nowhere crashing into his car. Bekkerman Law Offices retained an accident reconstruction expert to support Plaintiff's version, and dis-prove the defendant driver's. The settlement amount takes into account the severity of the injuries, including right knee trauma, with fractures above and below the knee joint, and several surgeries to place and remove hardware. The settlement also compensates the Plaintiff and his family for the two year struggle he has had to overcome his injuries through several surgeries, dozens of therapy sessions, prolonged hospitalizations, and for his severe mental and physical pain and anguish.

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The service at Bekkerman Law Offices is phenomenal...Gerald never stopped fighting the two and a half years he worked on my case. He made sure I got treatment so I could get healthy and relieve the pain and financial burden that comes when you are injured. Gerald is caring, dedicated, compassionate, hardworking, and he never gives up...Gerald fought hard and won my case and now I get to be another one of his highly satisfied clients.

Corthenia D., former client

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