Gary D. Abrams is Of Counsel1 to our Firm. For nearly 20 years, Gary and Carmen Caruso have teamed up on difficult cases, and together they have achieved successful results for many clients.
Gary has 40 years’ experience concentrating in corporate law representing companies, and often serving as outside general counsel for companies in many industries including banking, real estate, hospitality, software and other technology companies, and including established companies as well as numerous start-ups. He has drafted and structured technology license agreements, software and hardware development agreements, business investment documents and corporate stock option plans and has advised clients on franchise investments.
Gary also has extensive experience in labor and employment law. He has represented many executives and senior managers in the negotiation of employment contracts and separation agreements; and in breach of contract claims arising from employment agreements and for the enforcement or defense against non-compete agreements.
In addition, on behalf of both employers and employees, Gary has successfully resolved hundreds of employment law claims including civil rights violations involving age, race, sex, religion, national origin, and disability discrimination; sexual harassment; whistleblowing; retaliation matters; wrongful discharge; Fair Labor Standards violations; and violation of personal rights recognized in tort, such as defamation, bullying, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and interference with employment.
Previously, Gary was an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois State Police Merit Board.
Most of all, Gary is widely respected as a successful negotiator and as an advisor for his clients. His track record for successfully settling cases in private mediation, or in mediations conducted with federal magistrate judges or the Illinois office of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would be very hard to beat.
DePaul College of Law ( J.D. 1977)
Graduate School: University of Illinois, Criminal Justice Administration
Undergraduate School: University of Iowa ( B.S. Psychology 1968)
United States Court of Appeals 1978
United States District Court (Northern District of Illinois) 1977
United States District Court (Central District of Illinois)
United States District Court (Northern District of Indiana)
United States District Court (District of Colorado)
State of Illinois
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
1 As an Of Counsel attorney, Gary is an independent contractor who frequently works with us on cases for our clients as well as for his own. Gary maintains his own practice (Gary D. Abrams & Associates) and is not a partner in, and is not an employee of Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm.
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