Jerald P. Esrick: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Jerald P. Esrick

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Law
  • Business Counseling
  • Complex Litigation
  • Antitrust/Competition Law
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
University Northwestern University, B.A., Economics, with honors
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D.
Admitted1966, Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar member); U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
Elected to Who's Who Legal Illinois; Illinois Super Lawyers; and Leading Lawyers' Network
Board of Visitors, Northwestern University
Recipient, Northwestern University Service Award
Board of Directors, Executive Service Corps of Chicago
Board of Directors, Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution, Business, Litigation, and Antitrust Sections)
Chicago Bar Association (Member and former Chairman, Antitrust Law Committee; Securities Law Committee, Corporate Law Committee)
Illinois State Bar Association (former Council Member, Antitrust Law Section)
Chicago Council of Lawyers (Founding Member; former Secretary and member Board of Directors)
Lawyers Club of Chicago
Former President and longtime Board member of National Lekotek Center
Friends Committee, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

BornMoline, Illinois, October 1, 1941

Jerald P. Esrick is a partner in the Litigation and Business Law Departments of Edwards Wildman. Jerry's varied legal experience ranges from an extensive practice in corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law to nationwide business and class action litigation, including high-stakes jury trials involving antitrust, securities, and RICO issues. He is an experienced arbitrator and mediator, serving for over 25 years on the American Arbitration Association's National Large Complex Case Panel. He has also devoted a considerable portion of his career to pro bono cases and organizations devoted to legal reform and legal support for indigent clients.
•For over 25 years, has served as active arbitrator in large complex cases for the American Arbitration Association and as privately retained arbitrator, handling than 250 cases as either sole arbitrator, chair, or member of a panel; also, served as retained mediator in over 50 cases, Recently arbitrated first impression antitrust healthcare case between large healthcare insurer and hospital system involving alleged price fixing

•As principal outside corporate counsel, represented a variety of notable public and private companies on merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, and restructurings; has represented international and local clients in the manufacturing, agribusiness, healthcare, financial services, insurance, technology, communications, advertising, and real estate industries

•Served as securities counsel to issuers and investors in IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements, and private equity transactions; also has served as counsel and adviser to special committees and boards of directors of several public companies

•Successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous complex antitrust, contracts, RICO, and securities cases

•Antitrust counselor to global and local businesses in many diverse industries regarding mergers, joint ventures, distribution systems, and compliance programs

Representative Reported Decisions
SCA Services, Inc. v. Morgan, 557 F.2d 110 (7th Cir. 1977)

In re Wheat Rail Freight Rate Antitrust Litigation, 579 F. Supp. 517 (N.D. Ill 1984)

Frederickson v. Merrill, Lynch,, 389 F.Supp. 1151 (N.D. Ill. 1974)

Jones v. Heritage Pullman Bank, 164 Ill. App.3d (1st Dist. 1987)

Polytechnic Data Corp v. Xerox Corp., 361 F.Supp. (N.D. Ill. 1973)
Stein v. Malden Mills, Inc. , 9 Ill. App. 3d 266 (1st Dist. 1972)
Callaizakis v. Astor Development Corp., 4 Ill. App. 3d (1st Dist. 1972)
Chicago Health Clubs v. Ahmad, 5 Ill. App. 3d (1st Dist. 1972)
Mediware Information Systems v. Interstate Blood Banks, II CV 3932 (N.D.Ill. 2012)
Cement-Lock, LLC v. Gas Technology Institute, et al., No. 05 C 0018 (N.D. Ill.), 523 F.Supp.2d 827 (N.D. Ill. 2007); 2006 WL 3147700 (N.D. Ill. 2006); 2005 WL 2420374 (N.D. Ill. 2005)

Gas Technology Institute, et al. v. Rehmat, et al., 524 F.Supp.2d 1058, 2007 WL 3374590 (N.D. Ill. 2007); 2006 WL 3743576 (N.D. Ill. 2006)

Proctor v. Board of Education, et al., 392 Supp.2d 1026 No. 04 C 3889 (N.D. Ill.) (2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 10473) (Judge Gettleman)

CPN v. Cass, No. 99 C 1482 (N.D. Ill.) (Judge Hibbler)

Ratcliffe v. International Surplus Lines, 194 Ill.App.3d 18 (1st Dist. 1990)

American Passage Media Corporation v. Cass Communications, Inc., 750 F.2d 1470 (9th Cir. 1985)

Amendola v. Bayer et al., 907 F.2d 760 (7th Cir. 1990)

Cass Communications, Inc. v. NEAS, 374 F.Supp. 796 (N.D. Ill. 1974), rev'd. 516 F.2d 1092 (7th Cir. 1975), cert. denied, 423 U.S. 986 (1975), on remand, 407 F.Supp. 520 (N.D. Ill.), aff'd., 537 F.2d 282 (7th Cir. 1976)

Weit v. Continental Illinois National Bank et al., 60 F.R.D. 5 (N.D. Ill. 1973), aff'd. 535 F.2d 1010 (7th Cir. 1976) (class action issues); 467 F.Supp. 197 (N.D. Ill. 1978) and 478 F.Supp. 285 (N.D. Ill. 1978), both aff'd., 641 F.2d 457 (7th Cir. 1981), cert denied, 455 U.S. 988 (1982) (merits)

Bank of Lincolnwood v. Federal Leasing Inc., 622 F.2nd 944 (7th Cir. 1980)

Wright v. Heizer, 411 F.Supp. 23 (N.D. Ill. 1975), aff'd in part and rev'd in part, 560 F.2d 236 (7th Cir. 1977)

McCormick v. McCormick, 118 Ill. App. 3d 455, 455 N.E. 2d 103 (1983)

TSC Industries v. Northway Inc., 426 U.S. 438 (1976), rev'd in part 512 F.2d 324 (7th Cir. 1975), aff'd, 361 F.Supp. 108 (N.D. Ill. 1974)

Schaefer v. First National Bank of Lincolnwood et al., (N.D. Ill., unreported, June 25, 1973), aff'd., 509 F.2d 1287 (7th Cir. 1975)

Rosin v. American Stock Exchange, (N.D. Ill., unreported, April 17, 1972), aff'd., 484 F.2d 179 (Cir. 1975)

Svizzero v. Twomey, 72 C 1229 (N.D. Ill.) (Judge McGarr)

AMF v. McDonald's Corp., 73 C 1376 (N.D. Ill., unreported, 1975), aff'd., 536 F.2d 1167 (7th Cir. 1976)

Pro Bono
•Successfully prosecuted a First Amendment free speech case involving the No Child Left Behind Act for an Illinois teacher; settled after judge turned down the defendant's motion for summary judgment; Proctor v. Board of Education, 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis, 10473

•Represented inmates in Illinois prisons in civil rights and class action cases.

•Handled numerous pro bono criminal appeals in conjunction with the Appellate Division of the Illinois Public Defenders Office


Besides Edwards Wildman

Jerry is married and has two grown children. His wife, Ellen, taught elementary school for over 30 years and now is on the faculty at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. His son is an attorney in Boston, and his daughter is a high school teacher in Seattle. When not representing his corporate or pro bono clients, Jerry skis, sails, bikes, golfs, and hikes the high mountains of southwestern Colorado. He is also known around the office as a lunchtime workout fanatic who exercises while listening to rock music.


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Jerald P. Esrick

225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000
ChicagoIL 60606


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