James W. Ozog: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

James W. Ozog

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Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Food and Beverage
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.572.8406
Fax: 312.572.8401
University Northwestern University, B.S., 1974
Law SchoolWashington University, J.D., 1977
Admitted1977, Illinois, U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districtsof Illinois; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association

•Illinois State Bar Association

•Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

•Defense Research Institute: Former Chair, Consumer Products Specialized Litigation Group

•Propane Gas Defense Association: Past Member, Board of Directors

•International Association of Defense Counsel

•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

BornChicago, Illinois, June 27, 1952

James Ozog has more than three decades of experience in product liability defense and commercial litigation. He serves as national product liability defense counsel for a number of national and international manufacturers in fire, explosion, and catastrophic burn cases. Jim has achieved national recognition for his litigation experience, which includes handling cases in 28 states and trying product liability cases to verdict in nine states. He also has significant experience defending food and beverage manufacturers.

Jim frequently speaks on product liability defense issues for organizations like the Chicago Bar Association and Propane Gas Defense Association, and at noted industry seminars including the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Fire and Casualty Seminar, the National Fire Prevention Association National Conference, and DRI's Product Liability Conference.

In addition, Jim is a frequent author on product liability defense for leading industry publications like DRI's The Voice and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's IDC Quarterly.

A small sampling of his experience includes:

•Successfully defending a nationwide consumer class action over a recalled children's toy, a Seventh Circuit decision which set favorable precedent for cases involving defective products

•Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a gas valve component manufacturer in a personal injury case involving an explosion at a youth festival that resulted in severe burns to four minors by convincing a Pennsylvania court to apply Texas law

•Winning summary judgment dismissal through Daubert exclusions of expert testimony in fire and trucking product liability cases, including, for example, at the appellate level in a case involving wrongful death and property damage

•Winning summary judgment and Daubert exclusion of plaintiffs' experts in a $2 million-plus Arkansas consolidated property loss/fire case involving the destruction of a theater and other businesses in a downtown historic district

•Establishing that summary dismissal was a correct sanction for a plaintiff's spoliation of evidence in a products case

•Recent product liability trial defense of a space heater manufacturer in a Cook County trailer fire case involving four deaths and two personal injuries, a case which successfully resolved at the conclusion of trial through a high/low agreement

•Successful defense of a retailer in civil and wrongful death litigation arising from the 1982 Tylenol murders

•Defense of all Illinois cases as regional defense counsel regarding multi-district litigation concerning a dietary supplement

•Leader of the multi-state (Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa) defense team defending a food company in Salmonella milk poisoning cases that, at the time, were the largest food poisoning outbreaks in the U.S.

•Food poisoning defense for two major national retailers in a number of cases related to freshness issues


•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent

Community Involvement

•Old St. Patrick's Church Choir: Singer and Volunteer

•Evans Scholars Alumni Association and Bar Association

•Village of Glen Ellyn Plan Commission: Member


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James W. Ozog

311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2450
ChicagoIL 60606


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