Since its formation in 2008, Massey & Gail LLP has dedicated itself to providing clients with the highest quality legal services—from strategic advice to trial and appellate advocacy. The firm offers clients exceptional judgment, expertise, and results by bringing together two founding partners with a combined nearly six decades of experience. The founders have carefully assembled a varied, seasoned, and talented team of litigators and counselors. The firm’s experience spans Supreme Court and appellate advocacy, civil and criminal trial work, and executive level in-house advice and counsel.

Our lawyers have exceptional experience. We have served as legal officers and general counsel in government agencies. We have worked in-house. We have prosecuted crimes for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago. We have taught at Harvard Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Chicago Law School, and the University of Iowa Law School. We have clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We excelled in the legal academy, having graduated from premier law schools, with two members serving as Editors-in-Chief of their respective law reviews. And we have succeeded in our prior careers at partnership positions at major law firms and litigation boutiques.

Our streamlined approach provides higher quality legal services. The firm’s judicious staffing ensures that our partners are thoroughly and completely engaged in each matter. Because our knowledge is not filtered through layers of younger and less experienced attorneys, we can provide our clients with more complete and informed advice, and develop their cases with better strategic sense.

We recognize that legal matters are business issues, and we remain keenly aware that Pyrrhic legal victories do not further our clients’ interests. Our responsibility is to identify endgame solutions from the outset and to secure them expeditiously.

We treat every case as a distinct and individual matter. We do not turn on the “auto-pilot” button upon retention, nor do we force each matter into the same cookie-cutter mold. Our experience teaches us that there are nuanced differences in the legal and factual questions presented by every case, that creative solutions can yield significant results, and that it is frequently feasible to identify short-cuts that will bring our clients’ disputes to resolution more easily and with respect for the bottom line.

In the News

Does your business or client submit confidential information to the Government? The Supreme Court issued an important FOIA ruling implicating those disclosures. Matthew Collette, drawing on his extensive experience in government and regulatory matters, shares his in-depth analysis of the decision’s implications for private businesses in an article for Law360.

New partner Cara Hendrickson, called “brilliant” by former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, tells the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin why she chose Massey & Gail.

Massey & Gail partner Paul Berks wins appeal; taxpayer case against Home Depot reinstated. Read more about it on the Cook Country Record.

Massey & Gail welcomes new partners Cara Hendrickson in Chicago and Matthew Collette in Washington, expanding our depth of experience in government, complex litigation and appeals for our clients. Ms. Hendrickson’s arrival from the senior ranks of Illinois Attorney General’s Office was featured in

Jonathan Massey and Paul Berks analyzed the most recent NCAA antitrust ruling, focusing on the tension between the court’s finding of antitrust violations against the NCAA and the challenges it faces in implementing a viable and adequate remedy. The National Law Journal has their expert opinion.

Jonathan Massey argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in an important case involving the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law. See news coverage of the representation here.

Christopher May commented on a proposed Maryland state law creating a rate-setting commission for pharmaceuticals. See new coverage of the bill and Christopher’s comments here.

Massey & Gail LLP files suit in federal court in Chicago challenging an illegal Illinois handout to nuclear power that improperly invades federal authority and unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce. Coverage of the suit may be found here. A press release regarding the lawsuit may be found here.

Jonathan Massey convinced the Third Circuit, sitting en banc, to reverse a panel decision and to issue a unanimous opinion reviving the claims of farm workers in Central and South America injured by pesticides banned for use in the U.S. in Tobias Chavez, et al v. Dole Food Company Inc, et al, Case No. 13-4144 (3d Cir.).

Jonathan Massey named a 2018 and 2017 Washington D.C. Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers selects attorneys based on peer nominations and evaluations, combined with independent research, and each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Massey & Gail successful trial defense against class action in Schramm v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 2:09-cv-09442 (C.D. Cal.), reported in Daily Journal Verdicts & Settlements. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's decision. The Massey & Gail team of Jonathan Massey, Leonard Gail, and Marc Goldman defended the Massey & Gail trial victory on appeal.

Jonathan Massey and Laurence Tribe submit White Paper to the FCC on behalf of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CTIA, and USTelecom stating that the commission's broadband privacy proposal threatens speech rights. National news coverage can be found here.

Jonathan Massey, serving as counsel of record in the Supreme Court for Ed O’Bannon Jr. and a class of current and former college athletes challenging the NCAA's “no-compensation” rule, which is an agreement in restraint of trade in violation of the Sherman Act, has been in the national news for filing a “masterful” cert petition. See here.