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Jeremy S. Macklin

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Jeremy focuses his practice on insurance coverage. He represents insurance companies and provides coverage advice on a wide-range of commercial lines policies, including commercial general liability, professional liability, D&O, excess and umbrella insurance. Jeremy’s coverage experience includes policy interpretation and extra-contractual liability issues. He also serves as counsel for insurance companies in first-party property disputes and trial monitoring counsel for excess insurers in high-exposure cases. 

Jeremy has extensive experience litigating declaratory judgment actions on behalf of his insurance carrier clients in both state and federal courts across the country. He routinely advises clients on issues relating to coverage litigation, including developing strategies to avoid protracted litigation and to secure favorable settlements.    

While in law school, Jeremy served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Anne M. Burke on the Illinois Supreme Court. He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2017 through 2018, a designation given to only 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois each year.  Jeremy is an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), including serving as a Vice-Chair of the First Party Property Subcommittee of the Insurance Law Committee, and is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and the National LGBT Bar Association.


  • The John Marshall Law School, 2010, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007, B.A., cum laude


  • Bar
    • Illinois
  • Court
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois


  • Organizations:
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Chair, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Insurance Coverage Committee
  • Vice Chair of the First Party Property Subcommittee, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, Claims Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Member, Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS)
  • Member, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
  • Member, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member, Traub Lieberman Diversity Committee
  • Editor, Traub Lieberman Diversity Newsletter
  • Writer-Traub Lieberman First Party Coverage Blog
  • Notable Decisions:
  • BNSF Ry. v. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp., No. 15-cv-250-JPG-SCW, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85332 (S.D. Ill. June 30, 2016)
  • Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, Syndicates 2623 and 623 v. Westchester Surplus Lines Inc., RSUI Indemnity Co., and Ramirez Construction, Court No. 15 CH 18496, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (June 28, 2016).
  • Landmark Am. Ins. Co. v. VO Remarketing Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80800, *4 (D. Colo. June 13, 2014).  On July 30, 2015, the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s holding that Landmark owed no duty to defend or indemnify its insured pursuant to the policy’s auto exclusion.
  • Awards:
  • Named to Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019
  • Candidacy Editor, The John Marshall Law Review
  • Earned the CALI Award for Excellence in Contracts, Estates & Trusts, Federal Income Taxation, and Payment Systems Law
  • Semifinalist/Best Petitioner Brief, Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition, March 2009
  • First Place, University of Houston Moot Court National Championship, January 2010



  •  First Party Coverage Blog, Contributor
  • “Record Highs: How Marijuana’s Rapid Growth Is Affecting Insurance Coverage,”  Claims Management Magazine-January 2016
  • “Claim” Chowder: The Recipe for Determining When Pre-Suit Communications are “Claims”-DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar (March 5, 2015)
  • The Puzzling Case of Max Feinberg: An Analysis of Conditions in Partial Restraint of Marriage, 43 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 265 (Fall 2009)

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