Tracy Gregar Ferak

Partner Chicago
tracy.ferak dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1437

About

Tracy Gregar Ferak has 15 years of experience defending clients in complex product liability litigation and commercial disputes. An experienced trial lawyer, she has first and second chaired trials to verdict in federal and state courts in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont. Tracy has mediated and negotiated settlements in more than 25 states. She has served as national product liability counsel for a Fortune 100 manufacturing, technology, and service company.

Tracy is a member of the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois. She has been named by Law360 as a Top Attorney Under 40 and “Rising Star.” Tracy regularly speaks on panels and is quoted on issues pertaining to women in the practice of law.

Experience

  • Obtained an unanimous jury verdict in less than an hour for an automotive product manufacturer in a $15 million product liability lawsuit involving severe brain injuries in a case tried in federal court in Texas.
  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict for an automotive product manufacturer in a $15 million product liability lawsuit in a case tried in state court in Atlanta.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for an automotive product manufacturer in a $35 million product liability lawsuit involving catastrophic injuries to an infant in a case tried in federal court in Florida.
  • Successfully first chaired a commercial breach of contract lawsuit in Chicago for a major national trucking company.
  • Successfully first chaired a three-week commercial breach of contract trial involving vintage locomotive agreements in Chicago for a railroad company.

  • Obtained a summary judgment for an automotive product manufacturer affirmed by the Ohio Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained a summary judgement for an automotive product manufacturer in Dallas.
  • Obtained a dismissal for a Fortune 50 company in a toxic tort action in Chicago.
  • Obtained a dismissal for a Fortune 100 company in an automotive product lawsuit in Los Angeles.

  • Negotiated settlements and dismissals in mediations and settlement conferences in complex litigation in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin, and Toronto and Ontario.

Recognitions

Illinois Rising Star in the area of Products Liability Defense (2011-2015)
Product Liability Rising Star, Law360 (2013)

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1998

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • Illinois Supreme Court

Organizations

  • Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition Committee (Past Co-Chair)
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Lawyers in the Classroom Program, Volunteer
  • Defense Research Institute Chicago
  • Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois

Tracy's Areas of Focus