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Legal powerhouses Ed Genson, Terry Gillespie end law partnership

Updated: March 26, 2013 11:34AM

In the annals of Chicago law firms, there’s probably no better known name than Genson & Gillespie. The pair, legendary for their work in state and federal court, are no longer partners.

Ed Genson insists it’s not a break-up.

“There’s absolutely no animus between us,” Genson said Monday. “There’s no disagreement in cases.”

The names remain together on the firm’s website as well as the law firm door, Genson said.

Terry Gillespie will still have space in the office, as will another prominent Chicago defense lawyer, Marc Martin. “He’s not going anywhere and neither am I,” Genson said. “The truth of the matter is we just don’t split expenses, he pays his and I pay mine. I haven’t had an issue with him for 25 years.”

Genson said the office remains in the historic Monadnock Building in Chicago, just across from the Dirksen federal courthouse.

“Our association doesn’t end. It’s a business decision. There’s an advantage to it,” Genson said Monday. He said the two are now free to try multiple defendant cases together. As law partners, they could not.

Genson said the two used to take a case, then cover for each other when needed. But that changed over the years with each taking his own clients.

“He does fewer trials than I do, because he’s much more selective than I am,” said Genson, 71. “I just like to work, I’ve been working all my life. I don’t travel. I work and I have parties with my grandchildren.”

Gillespie’s recent cases include that of Downstate millionaire William Cellini, and he and Martin have been involved in representing a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, in a manslaughter case.

Genson has represented convicted media baron Conrad Black, R&B singer R. Kelly as well as Larry Warner, co-defendant to former Gov. George Ryan.

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