Gerald L.Maatman, Jr.


"I have confronted and successfully navigated every conceivable class action litigation challenge facing corporate America, including a number of cases in which a company's entire existence depended on the outcome."

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Throughout nearly four decades practicing law, Jerry has defended some of the most significant bet-the-company cases ever filed against corporate America. He has represented companies, executive teams, and boards across the country in class action litigation, ranging in size from hundreds to tens of thousands of claims by employees. As such, he has seen virtually every litigation challenge conceivable. He approaches each case by owning the problem and viewing it from the client's perspective. By understanding and prioritizing his clients' objectives and goals, Jerry is able to solve exceptionally complex legal issues in an efficient and capable manner. His are the hands clients want on the steering wheel of the defense of their significant litigation.

While he is known to be a fierce litigator, Jerry also helps his clients see ahead and prevent issues that could turn into litigation. For instance, he pioneered the process of conducting employment-practices audits to assist employers in structuring effective and practical personnel policies and protocols. These audits were designed to minimize the incidence of employment-related class action litigation and to maximize management discretion and workplace productivity. This concept was formed by keeping the clients' needs at the top of his priority list, allowing him to provide integral assistance to myriad businesses and corporate boardrooms throughout his career.

Communication is at the center of Jerry's client service philosophy, no matter how large or complex the case. Each month, Jerry prepares comprehensive reports for his clients that document that latest updates in all of their active cases. Jerry's reports are often accompanied by a preview of the upcoming challenges in a case, or a calendar noting important deadlines. This is a process that Jerry has conducted every month for nearly 20 years. Over this time, Jerry has learned that those reports allow clients to more easily understand the current status of their cases without any unnecessary effort on their end.

Year after year, Jerry continues to make his presence known in the labor and employment space, where he is widely recognized as a thought leader. He has served as a legal commentator on PBS, NPR, MSNBC, and USA Talk Radio, and his comments have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Insurance, USA Today, Fortune, and Forbes. Jerry also writes and lectures extensively on employment discrimination and labor law topics. He has authored six books on employment law topics, and has spoken to employer groups throughout the US, as well as in Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Jerry is also the editor-in-chief of the Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, published yearly since 2003. The report, widely praised for its sharp analysis backed by comprehensive research, helps corporate employers navigate an increasingly volatile class action landscape.

"Solving complex legal problems and eliminating massive class actions that loom over a company's balance sheet and corporate mission are not for the faint of heart. I enjoy defending these cases due to the complexity and difficulty they pose."
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law
  • BA, Washington & Lee University

    Magna cum laude

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Western District of New York
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • New York Court of Appeals