Zeke Katz is an Associate with Pugh, Jones & Johnson. Zeke practices in the Firm’s Complex Civil Litigation Practice Group. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. Zeke began his legal career as an Associate Attorney in the Chicago office of HeplerBroom, LLC, where he handled medical malpractice, construction defect, professional liability and general liability matters. He is experienced in legal research, drafting pleadings, issuing and responding to discovery, taking depositions and writing successful dispositive motions.
Zeke is a former member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, for which he was a published contributing author for the IDC Quarterly, a scholarly legal journal, and an editor for the IDC Survey of Law, a compilation of recent judicial decisions.
- Represented global law firm in defense of legal malpractice and related claims arising from the firm’s representation of a hedge fund and its related entities alleging that the firm’s failure to structure, draft and negotiate required loan and security agreements caused it irreparable harm. Plaintiffs alleged that as a result of the firm’s failures, they never received a legal, valid and enforceable interest in the collateral and consequently suffered losses in excess of $400 million. The matter settled just prior to impaneling a jury.
- Regularly coordinated the resolution of numerous municipal citations for utilities contractors.
- Has experience handling a variety of premises liability and other tort matters, from drafting initial pleadings to successful dispositive motions.
- Represented clients in settlement negotiations in state and federal court, and oversaw a complex settlement agreement in a multi-party construction defect matter.
- Particularly qualified and knowledgeable with respect to the representation of insurance brokers and agents in professional liability matters.
- Served as Vice President of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Moot Court Honor Society where he received First Place for Oral Argument and Runner Up for Best Respondent Brief in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.
- Prior to law school, he worked for a boutique financial services and government enforcement law firm in Washington, DC, where he coordinated complex litigation management for regulatory matters and managed large-scale document productions for government agencies.