Chase M. Gruszka
Chase focuses his practice in general civil litigation, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation. Chase also handles products liability and subrogation. With a proven ability to manage sophisticated matters before administrative agencies, state courts and federal courts, Chase collaborates with clients to manage risk and obtain results. He handles matters from pre-litigation through verdict, and has significant bench and jury trial experience. Prior to joining Bryce Downey & Lenkov, Chase honed his skills with another respected Chicago firm where he defended clients against claims for catastrophic injuries and represented healthcare providers in professional negligence matters.
While in law school, he was a member of the Center for Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Council. For excellence in advocacy and dispute resolution, Chase was one of eight students selected for the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board.
To give back to his community, Chase lends his litigation experience to law students at The John Marshall Law School, where he is an instructor for trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution courses. Chase also serves on the Young Alumni Board for The John Marshall Law School, the Alumni Advisory Board for Loras College and is a co-founder of the LIFTED Project. When not practicing law, Chase enjoys live music and sports.
DID YOU KNOW: Years ago, my brother and I founded Cloak & Cobra, a custom clothing and lifestyle brand that we still operate today.
- J.D., The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 2013
- B.A., Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, 2009
Professional Memberships & Associations:
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Illinois Bar Association
- John Marshall Law School Young Alumni Board
- The LIFTED Project
- Loras College Alumni Advisory Board
Seminars & Presentations:
- “Electronic Medical Records in Medical Malpractice – Secrets Unlocked,” National Business Institute, April 2019
- “Doctor and EMR Expert Deposition and Cross-Examination Tactics,” National Business Institute, April 2019
- “Electronic Medical Record Production and Discovery Issues,” National Business Institute, April 2019
- “Workers’ Compensation Horror Stories,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2018
- “WC From Start to Finish,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, September 2018
- “When Is An Employee Not An “Employee”?,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, February 2018
- “From Opening to Close: Technology at Trial,” January 2017
- “Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Cases – Where’s the Baseline?,” March 2016
- “Closing Arguments and Effective Cross Examination Techniques,” The John Marshall Law School, January 2016
Articles & Publications:
- “Investigate, Investigate & Then Investigate,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinios Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, April 2019
- “Prior Settlement Bars Current Claim for Cervical Injury,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, December 2018
- “Illinois Appellate Court Addresses “De Minimis” Rule,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov General Liability Newsletter, August 2018
- “Insufficient Evidence of Impairment Reduces Petitioner’s Award,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, June 2018
- “Legislative Update,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, May 2018
- “Location, Location, Location,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, March 2018
- “Doctor Alleges Fraud & Conspiracy,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, October 2017
- “Burden-Shifting Approach Proves Reliable for Keaton when It Comes to Reliance Damages in the 7th Circuit,” IDC Survey of Law, 2015