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Bobby Gerber, Angela Elbert and Bill Tarnow Named to Crain's 2021 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law

NGE partners Bobby Gerber, Angela Elbert and Bill Tarnow were recently recognized as influential members of Chicago's business community by Crain’s Chicago Business with their inclusion in the 2021 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law. The three were noted for excelling in their legal practices, for their leadership and mentorship at the firm, and for their service in the community.  Bobby serves as the firm's managing partner, Angela as the practice leader of the Insurance Policyholder group, Bill as the practice leader of the Labor & Employment group, and all three serve on the firm's Executive Committee.

Crain’s described Bobby as follows:

In June, Robert “Bobby” Gerber was named the third managing partner in the firm’s 35-year history. He’s a member of the executive committee and a partner in the corporate & securities practice group. Gerber began his career at NGE as a summer associate 24 years ago and is the first managing partner to rise through the associate ranks. As a member of the executive committee, Gerber helped steer the firm through the pandemic and led the development of the firm’s flexible return-to-work guidelines. Gerber leads efforts to hire, retain and advance under-represented groups among its attorney ranks, resulting in NGE obtaining Mansfield Rule 4.0 certification this year, its third year of participation in the program. Gerber is a member of the Chicago Legal Aid Clinic development committee.

Regarding Angela, Crain’s wrote:

Angela Elbert is chair of the firm’s insurance policyholder practice group and a member of the executive committee. She’s written extensively about the challenges policyholders face litigating COVID-19 business interruption cases with their insurance providers. Elbert represents McDonald’s in connection with a lawsuit it brought against its insurer in Illinois federal court. For the past three years, Elbert has been regional director of Illinois for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which helps provide judicial externships for law students from underrepresented groups and low-income families. She represented pro bono individuals seeking stem cell treatment for cancer, which was denied by their health insurance provider because the provider designated the treatment as experimental. Elbert successfully argued the treatment was not experimental, causing the provider to fund the potentially life-saving treatment.

Crain’s award description of Bill is as follows:

William Tarnow is chair of NGE’s Labor & Employment practice and a member of its executive committee. He manages employment-related disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country and is a strategic partner to companies concerning business and employment matters. He’s handled trials and other court proceedings remotely, securing victories for clients in restrictive covenant, contract, and equal employment opportunity disputes. Tarnow recently secured a partnership on behalf of the Jordan Foundation with Sotheby’s for the sale of original Michael Jordan items, with all sale proceeds going directly to the foundation’s charitable missions. He has developed a range of DEI initiatives; the firm also participates in the Mansfield certification process, confirming that at least 30% of candidates are attorneys from historically under-represented groups.

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