Jerry Marzullo is a shareholder with the firm and also serves as one of the Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. Jerry concentrates his practice in the area of public sector labor and employment law (where he represents both State and Federal Sector Unions) as well as public and private sector pension law and retirement systems. He has successfully represented clients in both pension and labor matters including collective bargaining, discipline, arbitrations, pension hearings (representing Pension Boards), administrative review and declaratory judgment proceedings on Administrative, State and Federal Levels. He has argued on behalf of clients in the Circuit and Appellate Courts in Illinois and before the Illinois Supreme Court. He has also represented numerous clients in Federal Court. Jerry has considerable experience in both litigation and appellate work with numerous reported, and Rule 23, decisions. Jerry is also a former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney.
Jerry received his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a dual concentration in Strategic Management and Managerial and Organizational Behavior.
Jerry is licensed to practice law in Illinois at the State and Federal levels. He is affiliated with the Illinois State Bar Association and serves as an Advisory Committee Member for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference.
He has previously taught both undergraduate and Master’s Degree courses in various topics at the University level on both labor and other law topics. Jerry has been a frequent speaker on both labor and pension related issues for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association and the Chicago-Kent Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Conference. Jerry has authored legal articles for publication including, most recently, the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report (A Statement of Facts: The Reality of Public Safety Employee Pension Funds in the State of Illinois; Vol. 37 No. 3). He has also helped train command staff police officers and firefighters at the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA).
Jerry is a City of Berwyn Battalion Chief (IAFF-AFFI Local 506) where he currently has over 21 years of creditable service and is former President of the City of Berwyn Firefighter's Pension Fund and former Vice-President of IAFF-AFFI Local 506. He is a Certified Fire and Arson Investigator, Advanced Technician Firefighter and Chief Fire Officer.
Finally, and most importantly, he is happily married to one of Chicago's finest Police Sergeants and has two evil pugs that he barely restrains from taking over the world.
State of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
DePaul University, B.S. 1999
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2004
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, M.B.A. 2006
Int'l Ass'n of Fire Fighters, Local 50 v. City of Peoria, 2021 IL App (3d) 190758, affirmed, 2021 IL 127040.
Naden v. Firefighters' Pension Fund of Sugar Grove Fire Prot. Dist., 2017 IL App (2d) 160698, 96 N.E.3d 51.
Harroun v. Addison Police Pension Bd., 372 Ill. App. 3d 260, 865 N.E.2d 273 (2d Dist. 2007).