Gabriel K. Gillett is an appellate and commercial litigator whose practice focuses on complex cases that often have a novel, high-stakes, constitutional, or regulatory component. Active in appellate and trial courts across the country, he crafts winning briefs and arguments involving a wide range of issues and areas of the law. He also develops and executes successful long-term legal strategies for clients facing multifaceted disputes with government and private actors.
Mr. Gillett is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, as well as the Complex Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation and Enforcement, and Insurance Recovery and Counseling Practices. Representing clients in all aspects of litigation—from evaluating a potential suit, filing a complaint, and seeking emergency relief, through motion practice, discovery, and briefing and arguing an appeal—Mr. Gillett has experience in a variety of substantive areas. He has litigated matters involving constitutional law, securities law, administrative law, contract and business disputes, class actions, insurance, communications, antitrust, preemption, bankruptcy litigation, civil procedure, and challenges to federal, state, and local government actions.
Mr. Gillett has been a go-to lawyer on major issues impacting restaurant and hospitality companies, franchisors, and franchisees. He has led the Firm’s high-profile lawsuits on behalf of iconic and national restaurants seeking business interruption coverage from their insurance carriers. He has also served as appellate counsel for the Restaurant Law Center in cases involving business interruption claims, regulatory challenges, antitrust, ERISA, and other important issues. His work has been featured by NBC News, Crain’s, Chicago Tribune, Law360, Bloomberg Law, USA Today, and other leading news and trade publications. He has also presented at multiple widely attended events discussing a range of topics related to restaurant litigation and regulation.
As part of a vibrant pro bono practice. Mr. Gillett has secured appellate and trial-level victories in immigration and civil rights cases and frequently files amicus briefs on behalf of non-profit groups. Mr. Gillett serves as chair of the Federal Civil Practice Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, as a member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and as a board member and Secretary of the Wrightwood Neighbors Association and the Jonquil Park Advisory Council.
Recordings of Mr. Gillett’s oral arguments, copies of select briefs and decisions, and descriptions of recent experience are available here.
Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Gillett also worked in political communications and opposition research, and served as Deputy Director of Rapid Response on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.