Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff

Attorneys

George D. Pilja

A partner in the firm, George D. Pilja concentrates his practice in civil litigation, focusing on commercial litigation, construction litigation, product liability litigation, loss recovery/subrogation, casualty litigation, insurance, and community association law.  On both the plaintiff and defense sides, he has represented numerous prominent businesses, insurance entities, self-insured entities, and not-for-profit entities.  Mr. Pilja has extensive experience in litigating complex, multi-million dollar matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States and internationally.  He has prosecuted and defended cases involving such diverse matters as commercial disputes; fraud, misrepresentation, and other business tort claims; professional liability claims; product design, manufacture, testing, and warnings claims; construction defect claims; and community association disputes with developers, contractors, and others.

Education

Mr. Pilja earned his B.A. degree in Political Science and his B.S. degree in Business Management, magna cum laude, from North Central College in 1993 and his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1996.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Pilja is authorized to practice law in Illinois and Florida, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.  He has also represented clients in state and federal courts in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  Mr. Pilja has also handled matters in Europe.

Professional Associations

Mr. Pilja is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, the Community Association Institute (National and Illinois Chapters) and the Association of Condominium, Townhouse and Homeowners Associations.

Cited Cases

Trials/Arbitrations

LaFarge Building Materials, Inc. v. Krupp Polysius Corp., et al., Atlanta, Georgia (2003); Pet Supermarket v. Dual-Lite Manufacturing, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2004); Bowater, Inc. v. BE&K of North Carolina, et al., Greenville, South Carolina (2004); Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. v. CTX International, Inc., et al., Madison, Wisconsin (2005); ArcelorMittal v. Raytheon Corp., Crown Point, Indiana (2009); Lifeline Youth & Family Services, Inc. v. Installed Building Products, Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana (2012); ArcelorMittal v. WESCO Distribution, Inc. Crown Point, Indiana (2013).

Cited Cases

Equistar Chemicals, LP v. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Connecticut, 883 N.E.2d 740 (Ill. 4th 2008). WESCO Distribution, Inc. v. ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor LLC, No. 45A03-1307-PL-274, 2014 WL 5819375 (Ind.Ct.App. Nov. 10, 2014).

Publications

“Loss Recovery: A Proactive Approach for Self-Insured Risk Management,” President & CEO, April/May 2005.

“Is There Hope for the Association Double-Teamed By Property Defects and An Insolvent Builder-Developer?” ACHTA News, June 2010

Honors

Mr. Pilja was named Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2007 through 2010.  No more than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois are named a Rising Star.

Languages

Mr. Pilja is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and conversant in German.

George D. Pilja
gpilja@fgppr.com
312.863.5010
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