THE HONORABLE JEFFREY T. GILBERT
United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert (N.D. Ill.) received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1977 (Phi Beta Kappa) and his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1980 where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review. After graduating from Northwestern in 1980, Judge Gilbert spent two years clerking for Judge Marvin E. Aspen (N.D. Ill.). In 1982, Judge Gilbert joined Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., at the time a firm of less than 30 lawyers. He practiced with Sachnoff Weaver through and including its 2007 merger with Reed Smith LLP, an international law firm of 1,600 lawyers, and then until he was sworn in as a Magistrate Judge in May 2010. During his 28 years in private practice, Judge Gilbert represented both plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and corporations, in class actions and general commercial cases. He specialized in securities litigation but also represented clients involved in a variety of other kinds of business litigation. Throughout his career, Judge Gilbert also maintained an active pro bono practice. Among other cases, he was counsel in Jones v. CTA, a landmark case under the Illinois Human Rights Act that resulted in the installation of wheelchair lifts on CTA buses prior to the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Judge Gilbert has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law for the last 20-plus years. He teaches a course in the fall on trial advocacy and evidence and a disability law seminar in the spring. He also taught a graduate course on the first amendment and the media at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and in the NITA trial advocacy program.