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Edward (Ed) J. Zulkey
Edward (Ed) J. Zulkey
Baker & McKenzie LLP

General Counsel Emeritus and Senior Counsel
+ 1 312 861 2823
+ 1 312 698 2691

Edward J. Zulkey has been with Baker & McKenzie for his entire career. After having been a litigator in the Chicago Office since 1973 and a partner since 1980, he became the Firm’s first general counsel in 1994. He is listed in Euromoney Legal Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers, Illinois Super Lawyers for seven years as well as Naifeh and Smith’s The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of commercial litigation, insurance law and legal malpractice law – defendants for the last 17 consecutive years. Mr. Zulkey is the author of Litigating Insurance Disputes, now in its 11th edition. He serves as adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, and chair of the Legal Writing Contest of the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is certified as an arbitrator and mediator.

Practice Focus

Mr. Zulkey concentrates his practice on insurance, risk management issues, partnership law, employment disputes and professional liability. He advises insurers, policyholders and self-insureds in managing their financial risk issues — often on a multijurisdictional basis. He also has significant experience in the analysis of professional liability issues as well as partnership and fiduciary disputes. He also serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and expert witness.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Defense Counsel - Prior Chair of various committees
  • American Bar Association - Business Insurance and Litigation Sections
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers - Member
  • Society of Trial Lawyers - Member
  • American Arbitration Association - approved arbitrator (DePaul Univ. Center for Dispute Resolution Mediation and Arbitration Training)
  • Circuit Court of Cook County Court Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program - Court-Certified Mediator
  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Profession - International (CCEP-I) designation


U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1977)
Illinois~United States (1973)
U.S. District Court~United States (1973)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit~United States (1973)


University of Illinois College of Law  (J.D. Honors) (1973)
Northwestern University  (B.A.) (1970)

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (USA) and is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Verein organized under the laws of Switzerland.
Author, Litigating Insurance Disputes, Juris Publishing Inc., Copyright 1993,1994, Eleventh Release, 2014
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We are passionately global — it's in our DNA.

We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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