Jennifer Bekkerman, Partner

Jennifer BekkermanJennifer Bekkerman joined Bekkerman Law Offices after five years of practicing complex commercial litigation defense at Winston & Strawn LLP, a Chicago-based international law firm. Jennifer's prior practice focused on trial work in state, federal and multi-district litigation cases concerning product liability, antitrust, federal regulatory compliance, and white collar criminal defense matters.

In addition to her work representing multi-national companies, Jennifer was also appointed Deputy Special Prosecutor by a Circuit Court of Cook County judge to assist in the Matter of the Death of David Koschman. At the conclusion of the matter, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew, Richard Vanecko, pled guilty to involuntarily manslaughter. Jennifer was instrumental in conducting the Special Grand Jury, obtaining the indictment, and drafting a 162-page report detailing deficiencies by police and prosecutors in their previous handling of the case. The Chicago Sun-Times described the conviction as a "stunning" and "remarkable" achievement and described the Special Prosecutor's team as having "ferocious talent and tenacity."

This case was instrumental in Jennifer's decision to leave her defense practice to join Bekkerman Law Offices where she could continue to work helping individuals and their families. Jennifer provides a unique skill set due to her extensive experience submitting briefs and motions in state and federal cases on behalf of defendants and presenting medical experts in complex injury cases.

Jennifer's trial-focus began in law school. As an intern at the United States Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois under Patrick Fitzgerald, she participated in her first trial successfully prosecuting a bank robbery. In law school, Jennifer was also selected to receive the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy. As a part of this nationally competitive trial team, Jennifer was the Regional Champion and National Quarter-Finalist in 2009.

Jennifer was also honored to serve as an Extern for the Honorable Judge Virginia Kendall in the Northern District of Illinois federal court and as a research assistant to the Honorable Judge Thomas Donnelly in the Circuit Court of Cook County. These positions provided Jennifer with a unique perspective regarding judicial practice and procedure in both the federal and state courts.

Jennifer is licensed to practice in Illinois. She supports a number of charities, including previously serving on the Junior Board of the Children's Research Fund to support pediatric medical research being conducted at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute.

Jennifer was born and raised in central Illinois and now makes her home in Chicago. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family at any of Chicago's beautiful parks or museums, attending theatre and music shows, and enjoying the many incredible restaurants in the city.


EDUCATION

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, magna cum laude, Honors-at-Entrance Scholar
  • B.F.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, summa cum laude

JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

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

 

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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