Areas of Practice
Gregg R. Hague, Partner
Mr. Hague has more than 20 years’ experience representing clients in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. He has litigated a variety of cases covering a broad range of issues, including contracts, business fraud and other business torts, partnership law, employment and discrimination law, commercial real estate, leasing and development issues, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, corporate successor liability, constitutional law, class actions, antitrust, patent, trade dress, and ERISA.
J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1984 (Notes and Comments Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly)
B.A. in American Studies, cum laude, Carleton College, 1979
Mr. Hague has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of business disputes. For example, Mr. Hague has represented a partner in a partnership dispute regarding severance that resulted in a successful multi-million dollar resolution for the client. Mr. Hague successfully defended a Chicago engineering and consulting firm against claims seeking millions of dollars for tortious interference with contract as well as breach of employment contract. Mr. Hague also successfully defended a prominent Chicago real estate developer against a lawsuit seeking to prevent the developer from proceeding with the redevelopment of a major commercial property in Chicago. Additionally, Mr. Hague has served as national counsel for a client which is a defendant in the nationwide fen-phen litigation, coordinating and overseeing the client's defense of nearly 100 cases across the country.
Over his career Mr. Hague has played a key role in achieving significant successful results for firm clients. In one case Mr. Hague accompanied a manufacturing client to its supplier's production facility and was instrumental in obtaining the return of the client's production molds on an emergency basis from the supplier. In another case, Mr. Hague was part of a litigation team which successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Franchise Act. That successful challenge allowed the firm's clients to proceed with the relocation of their automobile dealerships. The Illinois Supreme Court's opinion in that matter is Fields Jeep-Eagle, Inc. v. Chrysler Corp., 645 N.E.2d 946 (Ill. 1994). In another case, Mr. Hague was part of the legal team which obtained a six-figure sanctions award on behalf of a major Chicago developer against an adversary that had argued it was a joint venture partner with the developer in a major proposed redevelopment in downtown Chicago.
In recent years, Mr. Hague has devoted an increasing amount of time to advising insurance policyholders on insurance coverage issues in a variety of contexts. In the last two years alone, Mr. Hague has been integrally involved in the recovery of tens of millions of dollars as the result of various coverage disputes, both third party and first party. Mr. Hague has advised clients on coverage questions involving environmental issues, mass tort coverage questions, including asbestos and weld fume coverage issues, product liability and structure collapse coverage issues, deductible and SIR issues, and valuation and business interruption issues in the first party context. Mr. Hague also regularly renders advice to policyholders on Directors and Officers coverage issues, and is frequently called upon when coverage issues arise in the context of ongoing litigation.
Gregg R. Hague
Sperling & Slater
55 West Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603