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Mr. Genson has been called the dean of Chicago criminal defense attorneys by Lawyers USA and The Chicago Tribune, and "the go-to lawyer in town" by Chicago Magazine. In more than 40 years of white-collar and criminal defense practice, he has been lead counsel in high-profile civil and criminal litigation as defense attorney for senior business executives (including a major North American newspaper publisher), leading political figures (for example, a former Illinois Congressman and a former Illinois governor), as well as such other notable clients, including an internationally known musical entertainer and a prominent motion picture actor. The New York Times describes Mr. Genson as "a master strategist who will fight to the end for his clients," and Time Magazine adds that, "for a certain type of client who isn't willing to give up without a fight, Genson is the ideal advocate."
Mr. Genson has litigated matters at the state and federal levels throughout the country, and his national reputation in white-collar defense is reflected in selection by his professional peers for inclusion in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. His other peer recognitions include listing in The Best Lawyers in America (annually since 1988), Illinois Leading Lawyers, and Illinois SuperLawyers®. He has been rated the number one criminal defense lawyer in the Chicago area by Leading Lawyers for three consecutive years. The prestigious Chambers and Partners has ranked Mr. Genson as a top national trial lawyer, saying that he "has a long and successful history of defending those accused of white-collar crime" and citing professional sources who say that he is "a wonderful lawyer, and makes a good impression on jurors and judges."
For each case that he undertakes, Mr. Genson uses his in-depth knowledge of trial procedure to craft a defense focused on the specific dynamics of the jury and judge involved. In one of his most publicized cases, after casting doubt on an important piece of the prosecution?s evidence, Mr. Genson and his defense team opted not to call for a mistrial but to instead chose to hear the jury?s verdict. As described in The National Law Journal, the "major gamble . . . paid off" in a not-guilty verdict on 14 charges against the client. He is also tenacious in defense of his clients - Chicago Magazine deemed him "a master of the cross-examination." As he himself described for Lawyers USA the commitment his clients have come to expect: "Trial law is an all-encompassing kind of profession. It's your whole life when you're at trial."
In addition to his extensive trial practice, Genson has undertaken numerous appeals for his clients. That includes admission before the U.S. Supreme Court and Illinois State Supreme Court, as well as seven United States Circuit Courts.
As a reflection of his high professional reputation, Mr. Genson has been invited to speak before numerous professional organizations (such as the American Bar Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and law schools (including those at John Marshall University, Loyola of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois). His writings on litigation defense issues have been published by the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and Loyola University Law School. He has also received several gubernatorial appointments to Illinois state boards and commissions. A lifelong Chicagoland resident, Ed lives with his wife in suburban Deerfield; they have three children and five grandchildren.
U.S. District Court - Northern, Southern, Central Districts of Illinois; Western and Southern Districts of Wisconsin; Northern, Southern District of Indiana; Federal Trial Bar of Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; Southern District of New York; Northern District Of California; District Court of New Mexico; Southern and Central Districts of Florida; Central District of Georgia; United States Court of Appeals - 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th, Circuits; Supreme Court of Illinois; United States Supreme Court
Date of Birth: 1941
Law School: Northwestern University School of Law,J.D., 1965
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, B.A., 1962
Bruno Mancari; Conrad Black; Robert Kelly; Scott Fawell
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Board of Directors - John Howard Association
Governors Commission on Criminal Legislation: Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Board of Directors - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Published Legal Writing:
"Prosecutorial Courtroom Misconduct in Illinois," Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal; fall 1987
"A Guide to Handling Federal Narcotics Forfeiture Cases," Illinois Bar Journal, April 1991
"Taped Evidence in Criminal Cases: Confronting the Tape Recorder," American Bar Association Litigation Magazine , winter 1994
American Bar Association; Criminal Section; Litigation Section; Criminal Law Committee, Chicago Bar Assn.; Illinois State Bar Association; Illinois Judges Association; Illinois Public Defender Association; Cook County Public Defender; Northwestern School of Law; Northwestern School of Medicine; Northwestern School of Journalism; Loyola School of Law; John Marshall Law School; Kent Law School; University of Illinois Law School; Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National College of Criminal Defense Attorneys