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Gordon B. Nash, Jr.

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


GORDON B. NASH, JR., born Chicago, Illinois, February 24, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Illinois; 1972, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit. Preparatory education, University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1966); legal education, Loyola University (J.D., 1969).

Professional: Partner: Drinker Biddle & Reath (200-   ); Gardner, Carton & Douglas (1978-2006); Chairman of Litigation Department (1986-1994 and 2005-2006); and member of Management Committee (1986-1993). Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1971-1978; Chief, Special Prosecution Division (1978) and Chief, Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division (1977), Instructor, John Marshall Law School (1976). Co-Author "Grand Jury Practice", Federal Criminal Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1997). Member: Chicago (President 19901991, Vice President 1989-1990, "and Board of Managers 1983-1985), (Chairman, Committee on
Evaluation of Judicial Candidates 1982-1983), Federal (Board of Directors - Local Chapter (19861988)), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Board of Directors (1988-1989)), and American Bar Association; Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers.

As an Assistant United States Attorney I received various honors. The most noteworthy was The John Marshall Award for excellence presented by then Attorney General Griffin Bell for work in handling the case of United States v. Ingram, 595 F.2d 1321 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 100 S.Ct. 65 (1979). The case involved the payment of $1.3 million in bribes to officials of the State of Illinois and the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Chicago. One such award is granted annually to the outstanding trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Civic: Chairman, State of Illinois Board of Ethics (1980-1986); Center for Conflict Resolution (Board Member 1992-2000) and Youth Justice Institute (President and Board Member 1992-1994); Chairman, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (Board Member 1992-_; Chairman 1997-2001); Commissioner Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2005-   ), Chairman (2009-   ) 

Criminal Law and Business Litigation.

Experience includes many trials and appellate court arguments in both federal and state courts. In the federal courts see for example, United States v. McPartlin, 595 F.2d 1321 (7th Cir. 1979), cert. denied, 100 S.Ct. 65 (1979); United States v. Marzano, 537 F.2d 257 (7th Cir. 1976); United States v. Esser, 520 F.2d 213 (7th Cir. 1975); United States v. Green, 511 F.2d 1062 (7th Cir. 1975), cert. denied, 423 U.S. 1031; Freedman, et al. v. Air Line Stewards & Stewardess Assoc., et aI., 730 F.2d 509 (7th Cir. 1984); Zipes v. TWA, 703 F.2d 570 (7th Cir. 1983); Air Line Stewards and Stewardesses Assoc., Local 550, TWO, AFL-CIO v. TWA, 713 F.2d 319 (7th Cir. 1983); Anderson v. Illinois Tool Works Inc., 753 F.2d 622 (7th Cir. 1985); Vanco v. Falls City, 654 F.2d 1224, rev'd., 455 U.S. 988 (1982); U.S. v. Kirschenbaum, 156 F.3d 784 (7th Cir. 1999); and Praxair, Inc. v. Hinshaw & Culbertson, 255 F.3d 1028 (7th Cir. 2000). In state court see for example, Stocker Hinge v. Darnel Industries, 94 IlI.2d 535 (1983);
Dow Chemical Co. v. Chesapeake & Ohio Ry. Co., 106 IlI.2d 224 (1985); Monsanto v. Walter E. Heller, Inc., 114 Ill.App.3d 1078 (1983); McCracken Contracting Company v. R.L. DePrizio & Associates, 122 I11.App.3d 680 (1984) and Crusius v. Illinois Gaming Board, et aI., 216 Il1.2d 315, 837 N.E.2d 88 (2005).
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