Jay Dobrutsky is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Jay is a member of the Firm'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 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.



  • Co-author, "White Collar Blues: The Proliferation of Employee Collective Actions for Unpaid Overtime Under the FLSA"
    Publication, Labor Law Journal (CCH, Inc.), Winter 2002


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central 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)

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