Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Geoffrey M. Waguespack practices in our Subrogation and Recovery department. He is admitted in Illinois and has handled lawsuits in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas.  He handles claims both nationally and internationally.

His subrogation and recovery practice includes pursuing recovery for clients through negotiated resolution and, when necessary, litigation. He has litigated large, multi-party, complex subrogation cases in multiple jurisdictions, in both state and federal courts. He has experience handling cases for multi-national companies seeking recovery for losses involving significant property damages, product defect, fire, explosion, fire spread, water loss, breach of contract, negligence, and other tort-related issues.

Geoffrey has experience handling cases involving employment law, construction, construction defect, and appeals. He has represented Illinois clients in state and federal courts where death or catastrophic injury or loss has occurred and damages have exceeded insurance policy limits. Geoffrey also has experience in defending personal injury cases arising from construction accidents, automobile accidents, operation of heavy machinery, construction defects, and dangerous conditions on premises.

During law school, Geoffrey was a member of a moot court team and served as the Executive Editor of Publications for the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.

After law school, Geoffrey served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Morton Denlow, Presiding Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also served as a staff attorney for the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District.

Geoffrey has co-authored articles published in the Subrogator. His publications include Historic Hotel, Restaurant & Nightclub Fires Provide Common Threads For Developing Significant Subrogation Recoveries (2016), (Un)Reel Legal Ethics: Obscure Critiques of Ethical Issues in Hollywood Films About Civil Litigation (2015).

Geoffrey has made significant contributions to the IDC Quarterly, a legal publication distributed to judges, practitioners, and industry representatives throughout the state of Illinois. He contributed articles regularly and co-authored several Monographs from 2005 to 2015. He served as the editor-in-chief for that publication from 2013 to 2014 and served on its editorial board from 2007 to 2013. Geoffrey contributed to the IDC Survey of Law from 2011 to 2014, serving as the editor-in-chief for that publication in 2015.

Admissions

  • Illinois

Recognitions

  • Cali Awards in constitutional law and legal writing
  • Contributed to the IDC Survey of Law from 2011 to 2014
  • Leadership & Service Award from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Meritorious Service Award (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Served as the editor-in-chief for the IDC Survey of Law in 2015
  • Wrote a regular employment law column for the IDC Quarterly (2006 to 2013)

Education

  • The College of William and Mary in Virginia
    Bachelor's Degree in Government and Philosophy
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Courts

  • Arkansas (Pro Hac Vice)
  • Georgia (Pro Hac Vice)
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Missouri (Pro Hac Vice)
  • Texas (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, SEVENTH DISTRICT
  • U.S. DISTRICT COURT, CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
February 23, 2017 PUBLICATIONIs It Hot in Here? Significant Recovery Opportunities with Boiler Failures

Water boiler failures provide significant recovery opportunities. By understanding how these relatively simple systems work, one can realize that recovery potential and identify the probable failures modes, skillfully directing the recovery investigation, and asserting the proper legal theories that afford recovery.

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November 21, 2016 PUBLICATIONBoom! Maximizing Recoveries in Catastrophic Explosions

An explosion is an extraordinary event that forever changes the psyche of those affected. The bigger the scale of the explosion, the bigger the challenges are to move forward and to develop viable recovery claims. It is a dilemma that requires sophisticated leadership and seasoned subrogation counsel, forensic consultants, and loss adjusters.

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June 27, 2016 PUBLICATIONHistoric Hotel, Restaurant & Nightclub Fires Provide Common Threads for Developing Significant Subrogation Recoveries

Countless fires occur every year. They cause billions of dollars in property losses, and sometimes result in bodily injuries and deaths. Public assembly fires arising out of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs are prone to significant calamities, given the fire risks, types of use, occupancy, and human factors. While fires are frequently avoidable, the fires themselves would oft be smaller in scope “but for” the failures of fire suppression, detection and alarm systems; lack of effective containment; material flammability; and other failures. This article discusses the common thread of historic hotel, restaurant and nightclub fires—many of which are iconic.

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October 13, 2015 PUBLICATION(Un)Reel Legal Ethics: Obscure Critiques of Ethical Issues in Hollywood Films About Civil Litigation

Dean S. Rauchwerger, Geoffrey M. Waguespack, and Jonathan M. Levy of Butler’s Chicago office authored (Un)Reel Legal Ethics: Obscure Critiques of Ethical Issues in Hollywood Films about Civil Litigation, published in NASP’s Subrogator, Fall 2015. The article cleverly explores issues of legal ethics that arise in modern movies involving civil litigation, set in the style as written by movie critics.

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July 01, 2013 PUBLICATIONSeventh Circuit Holds that an "Amorphous Litany of Complaints about a Myriad of Workplace Decisions" Is Insufficient to Establish Discrimination under the Direct Method of Proof

If you would like to discuss this topic further, please contact Geoffrey Waguespack or directly 312-462-9157.

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April 01, 2013 PUBLICATIONFrom Retaliation by Association: The Expanding Scope of Viable Retaliation Claims against Employers

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January 01, 2013 PUBLICATIONSeventh Circuit Denies Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment of Title VII Claim

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October 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONTwo Districts of the Illinois Appellate Court Find Covenant Not to Compete Agreements Enforceable under the Reliable Fire Standard

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October 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONSeventh Circuit Emphasized the Contextual Evidence Surrounding Use of Words to Determine if the Usage Reflects a Gender-Derogatory Meaning

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October 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONSocial Networking Content Now Protected from Involuntary Disclosure to Employers in Illinois

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July 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONEEOC "Clarifies" that a Complaint for Discrimination Based on Transgender Status Is Cognizable under Title VII

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April 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONSeventh Circuit Addresses an Issue of First Impression on the Definition of Class and Class Issues and Finds Commonality in Wage Claim Case under the Dukes Standard

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January 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONU.S. Supreme Court Denies Class Certification to a Putative Class of 1.5 Million Wal-Mart Employees

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January 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONPreemption Developments: Early Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act Amendments Affecting National Banks and Federal Savings Banks, Banking and Financial Services Policy Report

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July 01, 2011 PUBLICATIONSeventh Circuit Upholds District Court's Finding of Disparate Impact in Hiring of City of Chicago Firefighters

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April 01, 2011 PUBLICATIONU.S. Supreme Court Holds Termination of Employee's Fiancé Constitutes Retaliation Against Female Employee, and Adopts the "Zone of Interests" Test to Find that the Fiancé Has Standing to Sue under Tit

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January 01, 2011 PUBLICATIONSeventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Race Discrimination Case

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October 01, 2010 PUBLICATIONSeventh Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict in Favor of Plaintiff in Retaliatory Discharge Case

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July 01, 2010 PUBLICATIONUnited States Supreme Court Holds That an EEOC Charge Is Timely Filed if the Action Complained of Perpetuates an Employment Practice Originating from an Earlier Unlawful Action

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April 01, 2010 PUBLICATIONAs a Matter of First Impression, Releases and Private Settlements of Wage Claims Are Void under the Minimum Wage Law and the Wage Payment and Collection Act

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January 01, 2010 PUBLICATIONPlaintiff Fails to Maintain Retaliatory Discharge Claim Based on Public Policy of "Patient Safety"

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October 01, 2009 PUBLICATIONU.S. Supreme Court Hold's City's Refusal to Certify Firefighter's Promotional Examination Results Violate Title VII'S Disparate- Treatment Prohibition

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July 01, 2009 PUBLICATIONU.S. Supreme Court Holds ADEA Disparate- Treatment Claim Requires Proof by a preponderance of the Evidence that Age Was the "But-For" Cause of Alleged Adverse Employment Action

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April 01, 2009 PUBLICATIONU.S. Supreme Court Extends Title VII's Anti-Retaliation Provision to Complaints Made upon Employer's Inquiry

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January 01, 2009 PUBLICATIONEmployee Who Surreptitiously Recorded Meeting Failed to Establish Prima Facie Case of Retaliation under Title VII

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Court Decisions

COURT DECISIONCourt Finds AIA Subrogation Waiver Inapplicable; Appeal Pending

In Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Fowlkes Plumbing LLC, 17-cv-010-GHD-DAS, 2018 WL 842169 (N.D. Miss. Feb. 12, 2018), the District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi held that the subrogation waiver of Section 11.3.7 of AIA Document A201-2007 bars recovery for damages to property associated with a window restoration project that compromises the “Work” only.  The Court granted in part and denied in part the defendant’s motion for summary judgment.

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News

August 30, 2017 NEWSOur newest Senior Associates!

Join us in celebrating our newest Senior Associates! Congratulations to Morgan Vasigh in Tampa, Martá Brown in Charlotte, and Geoffrey Waguespack in Chicago!

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Appellate
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Explosions
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Non Compete Agreements
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Wrongful Discharge