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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