Henry Phillip Gruss

My greatest accomplishment in life is not in the courtroom or professional in nature.  I have been married for 41 years.  My wife, Dr. Valerie Gruss, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science &
Institute of Healthcare Innovation at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  I consider my children, their spouses and their children to be the greatest source of my pride.  My son, Dr. Jason Gruss, is a physician.  His spouse, Kristin M. Gruss, is an attorney.   I am honored to work with her every day.  My daughter, Gena Gruss Romagnoli, is also an attorney.   Words cannot express how it feels to practice law with my daughter side-by-side.  Her husband is the administrative director of the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois – Chicago Hospital.

On a professional level I have always wanted to be a lawyer.  I am very proud to be a trial lawyer.  I started law school in 1974.  I graduated and passed the bar in 1977.  From 1976 to 1980 I was an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago.   I personally tried over 30 trials as a defense attorney during those years.

From 1980 to 1983 I was an associate at Kroll & Rubin.   I personally tried 25 cases to verdict as a plaintiff attorney.   From 1983 to 1994 I was an associate at Leonard M. Ring and Associates.   I personally tried 30 cases to verdict as a plaintiff attorney during those years.   From 1994 to 2007 I was a sole practitioner at Henry Phillip Gruss Ltd.  I personally tried 10 cases to verdict as a plaintiff attorney during that period of time.   Since 2007 I practice with my daughter, Gena Gruss Romagnoli.  Together we have tried five cases to verdict.   From January 2012 until the present, I have also practiced with my daughter-in-law, Kristin M. Gruss.   Our first trial is scheduled for October 2012.

I have been a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) since 1983.   I was on the Board of Managers for many years, up until the year 2010.

From 1986 until 1997, I wrote, lectured and contributed to the legal literature on 15-20 occasions.  My publications include the following:

  • “Use of Power Point Presentations during Mediation,” 2008.

  • “Malpractice claims have declined,” Opinion page, Pioneer Press, June 24, 2004.

  • Guest Lecture, “How to Make a Plaintiff Trial Lawyer’s Life Miserable, Civil Procedure Class, Professor – Judge Joseph Casciato, DePaul University College of Law, 2004.

  • “The Broad Rule of Venue in Medical Negligence Actions,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Henry Phillip Gruss and Harry C. Lee.

  • “Medical Malpractice Actions,” ITLA Handbook Update.

My settlements and verdicts total in excess of one hundred million dollars over my career.

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