Partner Biographies


Carl J. Frank

Carl J. Frank is a 1969 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1970 graduate of the Law School of the University of Notre Dame. Following graduation, he served on active duty as an officer in the United States Navy.

After completing his Naval Service, Mr. Frank continued his service in the public sector as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. He then headed the Litigation Department of the Chicago Region of the Burlington Northern Railroad, litigating cases in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois in both State and Federal courts. Mr. Frank then again returned to the public sector in 1976, when he was asked to become General Counsel of the newly-founded Regional Transportation Authority of Illinois. Establishing an in-house Law Department, a Claim Department, and handling all Labor matters, Mr. Frank successfully guided the Regional Transportation Authority through the bankruptcies of both the Rock Island Railroad and The Milwaukee Road; he was instrumental in the creation of Metra, the Northeast Illinois Railroad Corporation, as an actual operating entity. In 1987, Mr. Frank returned to the private sector where he became General Counsel for the Midwest Region of Waste Management, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Minnesota. In 1997, Mr. Frank founded Frank, Pirok & Haase, Ltd., where he continues to concentrate in Business, Commercial, and Environmental Law.

Mr. Frank is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Illinois, is a member of the Federal Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit. He continues his commitment to government service as a Captain in the Judge Advocate Corps of the United States Naval Reserve.

 

 

 

Edward W. Pirok

Edward W. Pirok is admitted to practice in the courts of New York and Illinois, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the Northern District (including the Trial Bar) of Illinois. He is a 1970 graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and a 1973 graduate of the School of Law of Loyola University of Chicago.

Following law school, Mr. Pirok became a trial lawyer for the Burlington Northern Railroad in Chicago, Illinois, where he conducted litigation involving the defense of lawsuits based upon common-law negligence and under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the Boiler Inspection Act, and the Safety Appliance Act in Federal and State courts as well as Business Litigation for BN Trucking and Air Freight. He then entered the public sector as Assistant General Counsel of the Regional Transportation Authority of Illinois, where he concentrated in general corporate matters, litigation, and the negotiation of contracts for the purchase of major railroad equipment and transportation services with Grumman Corporation, United States Steel, the Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad, the Illinois Central Golf Railroad, and the Burlington Northern Railroad. In 1982, Mr. Pirok became the first General Counsel of Metra, the Northeast Illinois Railroad Corporation, where as chief legal officer, he advised the Metra Board of Directors and upper management on all corporate legal affairs, managed the Law Department attorneys and staff directly, and supervised the Claim and Labor Departments as well as all litigation referred to outside counsel to which the Corporation was party.

Mr. Pirok then became a member of the New York Bar and relocated to Connecticut, where as a trial lawyer for Metro-North Commuter Railroad in New York City, he tried cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Eastern District of New York. In 1993, Mr. Pirok entered private practice in New York with the firm of Peltz and Walker where he represented neurosurgeons, heart surgeons, plastic surgeons, dentists, and other professionals, usually affiliated with major institutions such as New Lennox Hospital, Mount Sinai, Columbia University, and Cornell Hospital in Manhattan, Westchester County, and the surrounding boroughs of New York City. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, he also became involved in insurance, commercial, and product liability litigation for individuals and for corporations and insurance companies such as Owens Corning, Wausau Insurance, MLM Insurance, and PRI Insurance.

In 1999, Mr. Pirok joined Mr. Frank as a partner in Frank, Pirok & Haase, Ltd., where he continues to represent clients in complex litigation and trial, appellate, and alternate dispute resolution proceedings.

 

 

 

Jennifer A. HaaseJennifer A. Haase

Jennifer A. Haase is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and of Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for obtaining the highest grades in Legal Writing and Trial Advocacy.

After her admission to the Illinois bar, Ms. Haase joined Frank, Pirok & Haase, Ltd. as a trial lawyer. Ms. Haase concentrates in commercial litigation, business, and professional liability. She directs the professional liability section of Frank, Pirok & Haase, Ltd., representing both plaintiffs and defendants in medical negligence and officers and directors liability cases, including trials, appeals, arbitration, and mediation.

 

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