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Geoffrey Waguespack

Senior Associate | Chicago

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

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB)

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

Media

Court 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...

Data Center Fires – Working Through The Cloud Of Potential Liabilities In A Subrogation Recovery Pursuit

Geoffrey Waguespack presented the webinar "Data Center Fires – Working Through the Cloud of Potential Liabilities in a Subrogation Recovery Pursuit" on July 23, 2019 for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP). This webinar explored the challenges of subrogation recovery for data center fires, with a focus on four key components: power, cooling, maintenance, and fire supp...

Butler Awards 8 laptops for the 2019 CTRL Your Future Contest

For the fourth year in a row, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig has spread some end of the school year cheer to seniors in eight different locations. Butler’s annual CTRL Your Future essay contest was created by the Firm’s Community Service Committee to recognize deserving high school seniors who have exhibited a commitment to their academics. The winners in each city received a brand-new laptop wi...

Our 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! ...

Is It Hot In Here? Significant Recovery Opportunities With Boiler Failures

This article originally appeared in the Litigation Management Magazine, a publication of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All rights reserved. Water boiler failures provide significant recovery opportunities. By understanding how these relatively simple systems work, one can realize that recovery potential an...

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Boom! Maximizing Recoveries In Catastrophic Explosions

This article originally appeared in "Claims Management", a publication of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All rights reserved. Boom! An explosion occurs. What results is a crisis — a catastrophe for the property owner, their employees, the local community, and all stakeholders in the explosion event. Ever...

Historic Hotel, Restaurant & Nightclub Fires Provide Common Threads For Developing Significant Subrogation Recoveries

This article was originally published in the Subrogator, a publication by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Spring/Summer, 2016. © Copyright 2016 by NASP. All rights reserved. Republished by Butler with permission from NASP. Early tragedies, such as the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub and Winecoff Hotel fires, were the catalysts for the development of national fire safety codes a...

(Un)Reel Legal Ethics: Obscure Critiques Of Ethical Issues In Hollywood Films About Civil Litigation

Everyone loves a good legal drama. Whether it’s a whimsical comedy, a whodunit, or a weighty social statement played out in the courtroom, they usually are wrought with dilemmas (often self-imposed) giving rise to sticky legal ethical questions, many of which go unresolved, if they are even recognized at all. There are many formal articles, CLE courses, and even college courses dedicated to diss...

From Retaliation By Association: The Expanding Scope Of Viable Retaliation Claims Against Employers

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Seventh Circuit Denies Plaintiff’s Motion For Summary Judgment Of Title Vii Claim

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Social Networking Content Now Protected From Involuntary Disclosure To Employers In Illinois

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Seventh Circuit Emphasized The Contextual Evidence Surrounding Use Of Words To Determine If The Usage Reflects A Gender-Derogatory Meaning

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Two Districts Of The Illinois Appellate Court Find Covenant Not To Compete Agreements Enforceable Under The Reliable Fire Standard

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Eeoc “Clarifies” That A Complaint For Discrimination Based On Transgender Status Is Cognizable Under Title Vii

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Seventh 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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Preemption 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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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Class Certification To A Putative Class Of 1.5 Million Wal-Mart Employees

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Seventh Circuit Upholds District Court’s Finding Of Disparate Impact In Hiring Of City Of Chicago Firefighters

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Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment In Race Discrimination Case

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict In Favor Of Plaintiff In Retaliatory Discharge Case

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As 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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Plaintiff Fails To Maintain Retaliatory Discharge Claim Based On Public Policy Of “Patient Safety”

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U.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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Employee Who Surreptitiously Recorded Meeting Failed To Establish Prima Facie Case Of Retaliation Under Title Vii

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