Gary W. Garner - Partner

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Biography

Gary W. Garner is a partner at Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. and is a member of the firm's commercial litigation practice group.   Mr. Garner focuses his practice on complex business and securities litigation. His primary emphasis is on cases related to the financial services industry. He has tried cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the United States. He also has handled appeals in federal and state courts. 

Mr. Garner has represented clients in a number of class action cases that have included multidistrict federal securities and antitrust actions. He has represented publicly traded corporations, their management, and other officers and directors in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative actions, shareholders’ rights actions, and breach of fiduciary duty actions. Mr. Garner’s cases also have included a wide range of commercial disputes in which he has represented indenture trustees, hospitals and healthcare providers, and manufacturers of a variety of products. These business disputes have included a variety of claims for breach of contract, consumer fraud, tortious interference with contract, wrongful discharge and fraud, as well as fraudulent conveyance claims in bankruptcy court.

Education/Bar Admissions

Mr. Garner received a B.A. in 1985 from the University of Illinois.  He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1988.

Mr. Garner been admitted to the Illinois Bar and the following federal trial and appellate courts:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

 

Representative Matters

  • In re Lorazepam & Clorazepate Antitrust Litigation

    Served on the co-lead counsel team that obtained a $35 million settlement in 2003 on behalf of the class of direct purchaser plaintiffs in In re Lorazepam & Clorazepate Antitrust Litigation before Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

  • In re Perrigo Co.

    128 F.3d 430 (6th Cir. 1997)

    Successfully prosecuted a writ of mandamus to protect the attorney-client privilege covering an investigative report prepared on behalf of an independent director of a public company in connection with a shareholder derivative action.  The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the order of the District Court which had ordered that the client produce the report in discovery.

  • U.S. Bank National Association v. United Air Lines, Inc. (In re United Air Lines, Inc.)

    438 F.3d 720 (7th Cir. 2006)

    Prevailed on appeal in favor of indenture trustee for $190 million special facility revenue bonds arising out of the construction of airport facilities at Los Angeles International Airport.