Leonard Gross

Leonard Gross

Southern Illinois University
Lessar Law Building
Carbondale , IL 62901
Office: 618-453-8770

Introduction

Leonard Gross specializes in legal ethics and legal malprctice. He is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University School of Law. He joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University in 1983 and became a Professor of Law in 1993. Before coming to SIU, Professor Gross clerked for Judge Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 1976 to1977, and practiced corporate litigation with the New York City law firm of Shearman & Sterling from 1977 to 1983.

Professor Gross received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1973, where he majored in history. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1976.

Professor Gross is the author or co-author of the following books: Remedies: Damages, Equity and Restitution (LexisNexis, 4th ed., 2009); Organizing Corporate and Other Business Enterprises (LexisNexis 2000) (with M. Lee and D. Meyers); Supreme Court Appointments: Judge Bork and the Politicization of Senate Confirmations (SIU Press 1998) (with N. Vieira); and Agency and Partnership (Emanuel Publishing Corp. 1998). He is also the author of numerous articles in legal publications.

At SIU, Professor Gross has taught the following courses: Legal Profession, Remedies, Agency and Partnership, Corporations, Federal Income Taxation, Interviewing and Counseling, Legal Writing and Evidence. Professor Gross also has taught Remedies and Legal Profession as a Visiting Professor at Washington University School of Law and the University of San Diego.

Professor Gross has served as a Reporter for the Illinois Judicial Conference; he has been a member of the Carbondale Elementary School board; and he has been chairman of the Southern Illinois Chapter of the ACLU. He also has consulted and testified as an expert witness on cases involving legal ethics and legal malpractice.


Areas of Expertise

  • Law & Legal
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Fees
  • Legal Malpractice

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: J.D. Magna Cum Laude, Boston University, 1976.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Admitted to practice law in New York, Illinois and Massachusetts (inactive in Mass.).
Member, American Bar Association.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: I have taught at Southern Illinois University Law School and have vistited at St. Louis University School of Law, University of San Diego Law School, Seton Hall University School of Law and Washington University School of Law.

I have also spoken on legal ethics issues on a number of occasions.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: I have been retained as an expert on about 26 occasions.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: I have been retained principally on legal ethics matters. Many of the cases have involved claims of legal malpractice. I have also been retained to give an expert opoinon on the fairness of attorney fees in class actions.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 80%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 20%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 19
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: April, 2009.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Three times.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Three times.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 20 years.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Expert opinions, testimony
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $400 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $400 per hour.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: I charge $100 per hour for travel time.

References

Melroy Hutnick, Esq.
209 South Jackson St.
Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 277-1810

James P. Ginzkey, Esq.
202 North Center St., P. O. Box 3067
Bloomington, IL 61702-3067
(309) 828-7331.

Uve Jerzey, Esq.
Mandel, Lipton and Stevenson, Ltd.
120 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 236-7080.