Gail A. Niemann graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Law School in 1979, where she was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review. Gail has over 30 years of experience, working for a litigation-focused national law firm, in-house for a large publicly-traded corporation, and in state and local government as a litigator and general counsel.
Before joining Massey & Gail, Gail worked at Jenner & Block for thirteen years as an associate and then equity partner. While there, she represented a broad range of clients in civil litigation matters in state and federal court, and specialized in class actions, complex commercial litigation, and securities litigation. She also worked for four years for a Fortune 100 telecommunications company where she oversaw the company’s litigation in a five-state area, including competitive and antitrust litigation, class actions, commercial litigation, and defense of tort and employment litigation. She also worked closely with the company’s federal and state regulatory counsel. Ms. Niemann has also represented the City of Chicago in constitutional and commercial litigation, served as General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority, and worked as the General Counsel to two different State of Illinois agencies—the Illinois Departments of Revenue and Commerce and Economic Opportunity. She has also represented pro bono clients in both criminal and civil matters, and currently volunteers with the Hibbler Pro Se Assistance Program in the Northern District of Illinois.
- University of Illinois Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1979
- University of Chicago, M.A., 2011
- Eastern Illinois University, B.A., with High Honors, 1974
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Awards, Honors, and Publications
- Author, Historic Preservation and Transferable Development Rights, 1978 U. Ill. Law (Forum) Review 1927
- Order of the Coif
- University of Illinois Law Review, Member and Contributor
- Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, Northwestern Law School, 1987-1997
- Representing the Illinois Department of Insurance, as Liquidator of Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Co., in a challenge to the authority of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (part of the Department of Health & Human Services) to act to benefit itself as a creditor without approval of the State liquidation court.
- Successfully settled a 12-year-old tort case involving a claim of traumatic brain injury in a suburban New York City state court.
- Represented South African nationals in filing a petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court challenging the dismissal of claims against IBM and Ford relating to apartheid.
- Represented witnesses in connection with internal, FBI and SEC investigations.
- Successfully secured U-Visas for immigrants without legal status for assistance with law enforcement.
- Negotiated governmental economic incentive agreements.