GENE A. PINKUS
Crown Point, IN
Gene A. Pinkus specializes in representing insurance carriers in first party fraud litigation defense, as well as, consumer fraud. He has conducted over 1,000 examinations under oath in fire, homeowners and auto cases for many insurers including State Farm, Bristol West, MetLife, 21st Century, Farmers, Canal Insurance Company, Cincinnati Equitable and GoAmerica. He is also involved in complex business fraud investigations.
Gene’s trial experience includes the defense of first party fraud litigation, consumer fraud involving auto dealerships, product liability, premises liability, construction litigation, civil rights litigation, employment discrimination, auto and premises defense cases, professional contract disputes and resolution, real estate transactions and general business matters. Gene has been selected by insurers to serve on arbitration panels. Early in his career, Gene specialized in worker’s compensation and handled complex worker’s compensation cases for many carriers and self-insured companies.
Gene is actively involved in the management of the firm, as well as, overseeing many of the firm’s clients in all three states: Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. He is involved with clients in litigation management issues including alternative billing arrangements. Gene is a frequent speaker on the topics of bad faith and first party claims at the Annual NSPII Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar as well as other national conferences relating to insurance fraud.
Gene is active in the Northern Indiana legal and business community. He has been recognized in the Indiana Lawyer for his ability to guide the firm through a tough economy. He has also been recognized in the “Who’s Who in Northern Indiana” section of Building Indiana magazine (2009 & 2010) as an individual who contributes to the continued growth of businesses and communities in the area. Gene has been coaching basketball, soccer and baseball in Northwest Indiana for many years. He has also done pro bono work for Munster soccer, baseball and football clubs, and is active in Marian Catholic High School.
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance-Insurance Bad Faith Committee – Regional Chair for Region 7 (IN, IL & WI)
RIMS (The Risk Management Society)
National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators – Vice President, Indiana Chapter
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
IASIU (International Association of Special Investigation Units)
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Defense Research Institute
Indiana State Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
University of Toledo School of Law, J.D. (awarded the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Business Associations II)
University of Toledo, B.A. (Phi Sigma Alpha scholar