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George T. Brugess graduated from DePaul law school in 1981. In 1985, George was appointed General Attorney for the Chicago & North Western Railroad in Chicago. At the CNW, George litigated catastrophic cases for the railroad, including the Fox River Grove school bus accident case. After the Union Pacific Railroad acquired the CNW, George continued as General Attorney for the UPRR in Chicago.
Wanting a change from the corporate culture and the defense side of personal injury cases, in 1996, George joined the litigation team at Hoey & Farina.
George has tried jury cases to verdict in Wyoming, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa and Illinois State and Federal Courts.
George’s jury verdicts include $33 million for a switchman who suffered double leg amputation; $3.9 million for multiple injuries in a van accident; $1.5 million for a back injury caused by excess locomotive vibration and $1.25 million for a partial thumb amputation. In addition, he has secured many million dollar settlements for injured individuals and their families.
George has previously served as President of the Board of Education for Morton High School District, overseeing a budget in excess of $25million. He also is active in Operation Lifesaver, is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.University of Illinois - B.A. / DePaul University - J.D.
Articles Written by this Author
- What Is The FELA?
- Retaliatory Discharge & The FELA
- After I'm Hurt at Work, Why Should I Do Vocational Rehabilitation?
- Clearing The Air On Railroader's Duty To Mitigate
- Working The Job & Getting Sued
- What Happens If The Railroad's Outside Contractor Creams Me?
- Statute of Limitations
- Section 60 of the FELA - Part I
- Working For The Railroad Off The Property
- Asbestos: Railroads' Quiet Killer
- Company-Ordered Medical Examinations
- Getting On and Off Moving Railroad Equipment
- A Second Bite of The Apple
- Like Fine Wine, Settle No Claim Before Its Time
- The "Venue" Menu: What It Means For Injured Railroaders
- Failed Couplings Under The Federal Safety Appliance Act