Jerome F. Crotty is a 1970 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Business and received his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in June 1975. Tom Rieck and Jerry Crotty established the Firm in 1980. While attending John Marshall Law School in its evening division, Jerry examined state and national banks throughout the Chicagoland area for the Illinois Commissioner of Banks and Trust Companies. His primary emphasis as a bank examiner was the examination of trust departments to ensure their compliance with federal and state banking and trust rules and regulations. Upon graduation from law school and admission to the bar, Jerry was appointed acting technical advisor to the Commissioner of Banks and served in the capacity until he entered the private practice of law in Chicago, Illinois in September 1976. Since September 1976, Jerry has been engaged in the private practice of law. He has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and has briefed one case for presentation and decision by the Supreme Court. (Such case was decided in our client’s favor without oral argument before the Court.) He has argued cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. Jerry’s trial practice is not concentrated in any one particular area of the law. His practice involves not only the representation of clients in Federal and State courts throughout the country but also before the NASD (now FINRA) and other tribunals. Although Jerry concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation in state and Federal Courts, the range of cases in which he has been been involved is broad indeed, from real estate, trust, probate litigation and estate administration. He has served as co-lead counsel in nation-wide class actions which resulted in millions of dollars of relief for class members. Jerry takes pride in the fact that he has been retained to represent many of our legal community’s most successful lawyers in connection with their legal affairs and litigation as well as several banks, and firms of certified public accountants. Jerry has been appointed by the Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court in two separate cases to administrate multi-million dollar settlement funds. He has also represented petitioners and respondents before the FINRA and have served as a panel member and Chairman of several panels at the FINRA and in the Circuit Court of Cook County Arbitration Program. Jerry is member of the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations. He is co-trustee of the Streska Family Foundation, a charitable foundation with Thomas W. Rieck and Ronald P. Duplack. Jerry was appointed V.P. of Administration and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Cove School in Northbrook, Illinois in 1999. Subsequently, he was elected President of The Cove School Board in 1998 and 1999. The Cove School is a private school which educates children with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 12. Its 140 students are generally mainstreamed after several years at Cove. Jerry, his wife, and their four adult children live in Chicago, Illinois, in the Edgebrook Community.