Practices & Industries
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
Boston University (B.A., 1981)
University of Virginia (M.A., 1984; Ph.D., English Literature, 1993)
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1996)
Jay Dobrutsky is a partner in Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella’s Litigation practice group where he handles matters in the areas of construction defects, property damage, and real estate disputes; employment and work place issues, including compensation and severance disputes and employee misconduct; and commercial litigation generally. Jay has extensive experience in trial preparation, has argued appeals in both state and federal appellate courts, and regularly pursues the settlement of disputes through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Jay’s record of obtaining desired results on behalf of his clients includes:
- Negotiating a consent decree in federal court with the United States Department of Justice that enabled the Arlington Park Race Track to provide housing to seasonal migrant employees and their families while ensuring the safety and welfare of workers’ children
- Defeating an easement claim in state court and successfully defending the judgment on appeal, enabling a not-for-profit institution to sell real estate for its best and highest use
- Successfully representing a family’s claim for the wrongful disposal of their personal property by a private storage facility to a jury verdict and settling the claim for full value of the judgment pending appeal
Jay makes pro bono work in support of urgent social issues an integral part of his practice. Working with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Jay filed the first lawsuit of its kind seeking to hold a website liable for facilitating an illegal online gun sale that resulted in a fatal shooting in Chicago. While the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of the lawsuit, its filing helped bring attention to the need for regulation of online gun sales.
Jay is a board member of the Chicago Branch of Positive Coaching Alliance, a nationwide non-profit organization that works with coaches, parents, and students to ensure that youth sports provides students with life lessons for success both on and beyond the field of play.
Jay makes his home in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood with his wife, Barbara Green, an English professor at the University of Notre Dame, and their son, Jonah, who attends Morgan Park Academy. In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling, and pursuing the rich cultural life of Chicago.
- March 26, 2014
- featuring Stephen C. Voris, Susan M. Horner, Victoria R. Collado, Jay S. Dobrutsky, George J. Lynch, James C. Geoly, Edward J. Lesniak, Frederic A. Mendelsohn, Gerard D. Ring, April 5, 2010
- March 17, 2010
- Co-author, "White Collar Blues: The Proliferation of Employee Collective Actions for Unpaid Overtime Under the FLSA"Labor Law Journal (CCH, Inc.), Winter 2002