rgray@jenner.com

Richard J. Gray

Specialties

Antitrust
Appellate
Business/Commercial
Class Action
Construction
Insurance
Intellectual Property
Multi District Litigation
Partnership
Patent Infringement
Real Estate
Transportation

Richard J. Gray is Of Counsel in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office. He is a member of the Firm’s
Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property and Insurance Litigation and Counseling
Practices.

Mr. Gray is currently serving as a Settlement Special Master appointed by Judge Harold Baker in
the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In that capacity he is working to help
the parties settle five cases with a total of over 750 present or former inmates/plaintiffs who
allege that they were deprived of adequate medical care for their Hepatitis C. The inmates seek
both injunctive relief and millions of dollars in damages. Mr. Gray’s role has required him to
become intimately familiar with the disease and its treatment. The settlement task is made more
difficult because class certification is not likely to be available and treatments for Hepatitis C are
rapidly evolving.

Mr. Gray has completed a 40 hour Mediation Skills Training course at Northwestern University’s
School of Continuing Studies. He is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators, an
organization that requires mediation training, and the support of other mediators, for admission.
He is also a member of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters, an organization that requires
applicants to have served as a Special Master.

As a litigator with 40 years experience, he has been an advocate in more than 30 mediations. He
is familiar with both facilitative and evaluative mediation, whether court directed or at the
instance of the parties. As a result of his experiences with numerous mediators, he has a good
sense for what he considers to be mediator best practices from a lawyer participant’s perspective.
 
Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. In that capacity he had the
responsibility for vetting each candidate/nominee for any Article III judgeship in Illinois, Indiana
and Wisconsin. His job was to investigate the qualifications of the candidate/nominee on
integrity, professional competence, and judicial demeanor. His investigation included reviewing
written material, interviewing individuals with knowledge, and interviewing the
candidate/nominee. He would then make an evaluation recommendation to the other members of
the SCFJ, accompanied by a lengthy supporting document. The role required him to be a neutral,
evaluate a substantial quantity of sometimes conflicting information, and obtain consensus on the
significant ABA ranking of individuals considered by the President of the United States to be
worthy of appointment to the federal courts.
 
Mr. Gray describes his work as a member of Jenner’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice
group as litigating complex disputes about matters not likely to be a part of the life experience of
jurors and judges. He is a member of that group because he enjoys learning about areas of
business and the economy with which he may previously have had little experience. For
example he has litigated matters as diverse as the recovery of hydrocarbons from a retrograde
condensate reservoir (of which there were then three in the world), the properties of DNA probes
too small to see, the instructional design embedded in software used for long distance learning,
and the properties of silicon brick as relevant to the continuous operation of a coke battery in a
steel mill. Apart from his experience in general commercial cases, he has specific expertise in
patent, antitrust and insurance coverage matters.

Mr. Gray is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical
standards and legal ability. He has been recognized as an Illinois Superlawyer in the field of
Intellectual Property Litigation by Law & Politics. This peer review based program provides a
guide to the top five percent of attorneys in the state. Mr. Gray has also been recognized as one
of Law Dragon Magazine’s “3000 Leading Lawyers in America.

Mr. Gray currently serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s Fund for Justice and
Education, the ABA’s 501(c)3. He recently served as Chair of the ABA’s Amicus Curiae
Committee, the gatekeeper for the issues addressed and quality of briefs presented by the ABA as
amicus to the Supreme Court. He also served a three-year term on the ABA’s Legal Opportunity
Scholarship Committee, which is responsible for selecting disadvantaged law students who will
receive scholarships. He served on the ABA President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity in the
Profession, as Co-Chair of the Section of Litigation's Diversity Plan Implementation Committee
and as Co-Chair of the Section's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program.
Sigma Alpha in 1971. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1974
where he was a member and an editor of the Journal of Law Reform. Mr. Gray joined Jenner &
Block in 1974 and became a partner in 1981. He is a member of the bar of the United States
Supreme Court, the Illinois and Colorado bars, and the bars of numerous federal appellate and
trial courts, including the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois.
 

Education

Mr. Gray graduated from the University of Michigan magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha in 1971. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1974
where he was a member and an editor of the Journal of Law Reform. Mr. Gray joined Jenner & Block in 1974 and became a partner in 1981.
He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois and Colorado bars, and the bars of numerous federal appellate and trial courts, including the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.