Attorney Spotlight: John Gilligan Named Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus in Gover

August 10, 2016
Attorney Spotlight: John Gilligan Named Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus in Government Relations

Ice Miller partner John Gilligan was named Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus in Government Relations. John is a trial lawyer who represents clients in complex business disputes. Recently his practice has focused primarily on disputes in the financial services and health care industries, many of which seek class action relief.

We asked John: What’s the most unexpected thing you've experienced as an attorney?

“I was cross-examining a nationally renowned survey expert, a self-proclaimed know-it-all, during the trial of a collective action on Fair Labor Standards Act claims when I noticed the expert repeatedly referring to a paper in his file. Since I suspected that he might have notes from a preparation session, I asked the trial judge to allow me to look at the papers the expert had with him on the stand. The judge asked why, and I told her that since the expert was a professor at the university where I attended law school, I wanted to make sure he did not have my law school transcript because that would affect the tenor of my cross. She responded, with a smile, by telling me that she did not need to see my transcript to know how I had done in law school. However, she required the expert to turn over his file. As the judge and I went through it, we found not just notes, but an actual script of questions and answers — literally prescribed answers that the expert should recite when specific questions were asked. Even I was able to cross-examine the expert with this script in my hands.”

Learn more about John here: www.icemiller.com/people/john-p-gilligan

Fifteen other Ice Miller attorneys were named Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year.” Click here to read more attorney spotlights.

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