Jared Duke, Associate

Jared Duke is an associate attorney at Bekkerman Law Offices.  He dedicates his practice to advocating for individuals and families in all areas of personal injury, including automobile and truck collisions, construction negligence, premises liability and workers compensation.

 Prior to joining Bekkerman Law Offices, Jared worked primarily as a civil litigation attorney for small businesses and in the area of creditors' rights throughout Illinois.  Throughout his career, he has acquired hundreds of thousands of dollars for his clients through settlements and trials. He has also advised and guided numerous business owners through the formation and expansion of their companies.

 Jared is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. 

Jared attended Chicago-Kent College of Law on a scholarship and was named to the Dean's List.  During that time, he worked at the Center for Open Government, helping to ensure transparency, accountability and responsibility in local and state government.  Prior to law school, Jared attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where he majored in political science.

 Jared is an active member in the legal community.  He has been a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Small Business Advocacy Council.

In his free time, Jared enjoys playing soccer, riding his motorcycle, working out, and spending time with his dog.

EDUCATION

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

JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATIONS

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice


 

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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