Zeke Katz is an Associate with Pugh, Jones & Johnson. Zeke practices in the Firm’s Complex Civil Litigation, Construction and Employment Practice Groups. 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 member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) and an active participant in the Civil Practice, Tort Law and Young Lawyers committees. He is a published contributing author for the IDC Quarterly, a scholarly legal journal, and a contributor to the IDC Survey of Law, a compilation of recent judicial decisions.
- Assist in investigations for the Chicago Housing Authority regarding potential EEO violations, including interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and preparing final reports.
- Assisted in an internal investigation for a metropolitan water district involving a Board Commissioner, including attending interviews and client meetings, and preparation of a final report presented to the Board.
- 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.
- Investigated internal employment disputes for various businesses and organizations as a neutral third-party, including evaluations of potential litigation.
- Litigated insurance coverage disputes on behalf of both insurers and insureds.
- 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.
- Litigated insurance coverage action resulting from a lawsuit alleging defects in a large scale retail building and parking structure construction project.
- Defended national demolition company in complex multi-party litigation regarding demolition and construction of historic building in downtown Chicago involving alleged damages to retail businesses.
- 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.