Since its formation in 2008, Massey & Gail LLP has dedicated itself to providing clients with the highest quality legal services—from strategic advice to trial and appellate advocacy. The firm offers clients exceptional judgment, expertise, and results by bringing together two founding partners with a combined nearly six decades of experience. The founders have carefully assembled a varied, seasoned, and talented team of litigators and counselors. The firm’s experience spans Supreme Court and appellate advocacy, civil and criminal trial work, and executive level in-house advice and counsel.

Our lawyers have exceptional experience. We have served as legal officers and general counsel in government agencies. We have worked in-house. We have prosecuted crimes for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago. We have taught at Harvard Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Chicago Law School, and the University of Iowa Law School. We have clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We excelled in the legal academy, having graduated from premier law schools, with two members serving as Editors-in-Chief of their respective law reviews. And we have succeeded in our prior careers at partnership positions at major law firms and litigation boutiques.

Our streamlined approach provides higher quality legal services. The firm’s judicious staffing ensures that our partners are thoroughly and completely engaged in each matter. Because our knowledge is not filtered through layers of younger and less experienced attorneys, we can provide our clients with more complete and informed advice, and develop their cases with better strategic sense.

We recognize that legal matters are business issues, and we remain keenly aware that Pyrrhic legal victories do not further our clients’ interests. Our responsibility is to identify endgame solutions from the outset and to secure them expeditiously.

We treat every case as a distinct and individual matter. We do not turn on the “auto-pilot” button upon retention, nor do we force each matter into the same cookie-cutter mold. Our experience teaches us that there are nuanced differences in the legal and factual questions presented by every case, that creative solutions can yield significant results, and that it is frequently feasible to identify short-cuts that will bring our clients’ disputes to resolution more easily and with respect for the bottom line.


In the News


Jonathan Massey convinced the Third Circuit, sitting en banc, to reverse a panel decision and to issue a unanimous opinion reviving the claims of farm workers in Central and South America injured by pesticides banned for use in the U.S. in Tobias Chavez, et al v. Dole Food Company Inc, et al, Case No. 13-4144 (3d Cir.). Recent news coverage of the ruling may be found here.

Massey & Gail successful trial defense against class action in Schramm v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 2:09-cv-09442 (C.D. Cal.), reported in Daily Journal Verdicts & Settlements. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the trial court's decision. The Massey & Gail team of Jonathan Massey, Leonard Gail, and Marc Goldman defended the Massey & Gail trial victory on appeal.

Jonathan Massey and Laurence Tribe submit White Paper to the FCC on behalf of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CTIA, and USTelecom stating that the commission's broadband privacy proposal threatens speech rights. National news coverage can be found here.

Jonathan Massey, serving as counsel of record in the Supreme Court for Ed O’Bannon Jr. and a class of current and former college athletes challenging the NCAA's “no-compensation” rule, which is an agreement in restraint of trade in violation of the Sherman Act, has been in the national news for filing a “masterful” cert petition. See here and here. Other news articles discuss the representation here, here, here, here, and here.

Jonathan Massey and Laurence Tribe discussed in national news coverage (here/here) for their United States Supreme Court representation of a class challenging California's unclaimed property law as unconstitutional under the fifth and 14th amendments. The cert petition was discussed by a leading Supreme Court commentator, which called the firm "well known in legal circles."

Massey & Gail wins Global Competition Review award for Litigation of the Year - Non-Cartel Prosecution, for its work on O’Bannon v. NCAA appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 09-CV-03329 (N.D. Cal.), Nos. 15-16601, 14-17068 (9th Cir.) (see Opposition Brief).