Biography

Josh Yeager focuses his practice on representing companies based outside the United States that are involved in litigation in our state and federal court systems. He is often retained in matters involving product liability, complex business and commercial disputes, general tort litigation, foreign-based hotels and resorts, internet law, and e-discovery. The majority of Josh’s personal injury cases involve catastrophic injury or death, and most of his commercial matters concern seven or eight figure disputes. Josh’s clients also regularly seek his counsel on how to avoid litigation and/or reduce their exposure in litigation through properly prepared terms and conditions of contracts and other commercial documents, as well as developing protective internal policies and procedures.

Josh is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 2000), and Illinois State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1997). He is a member of the Illinois bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Central District of Illinois; and Eastern District of Michigan. Josh has also been admitted to practice on a pro hac vice basis in many states throughout the United States.

Josh is a member of The Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Illinois State Bar Association, and RIMS (the Risk and Insurance Management Society).

Credentials

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 2000)
  • Illinois State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1997)

Admissions to Practice Law

  • Illinois Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Pro hac vice admissions in many other states throughout the U.S.

Memberships

  • The Executives’ Club of Chicago
  • The Illinois State Bar Association
  • RIMS (the Risk and Insurance Management Society)
 
Representative Matters

Reported Cases

  • Gutman v. Allegro Resorts Marketing Corporation, et. al., 2015 WL 8608941 (E.D. Mich., December 14, 2015) (dismissal of Florida company based on lack of personal jurisdiction in personal injury case brought by Michigan citizen based on trip and fall at a Mexican hotel)
  • Herman v. BRP, Inc., et al., 2015 WL 1399239 (New Castle County, Delaware, April 13, 2015) (dismissal of Norwegian holding company based on lack of personal jurisdiction in personal injury case)
  • Gutierrez v. Officine Meccaniche Giovanni Cerutti, SpA, et al., 2014 WL 6969579 (E.D. Pa., December 9, 2014) (dismissal of Italian product manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction in catastrophic personal injury case brought by Pennsylvania citizen)
  • Estate of Jose Francisco Vasquez-Ortiz v. Zurich Compania De Seguros, S.A. 2013 WL 105005 (S.D. Tex., January 8, 2013) (dismissal of Mexican insurance company due to plaintiff’s lack of standing to bring claim to collect on insurance policy after aircraft crash)
  • Poulos v. Apple Vacations, et al., 399 Ill.App.3d 1225, 990 N.E.2d 932 (2010) (dismissal of Mexican hotel owner based on lack of personal jurisdiction in personal injury case brought by Illinois citizen)
  • Allen-Sleeper v. Federal Express Corp., 2010 WL 3323660 (D. Vermont, April 14, 2010) (dismissal of multi-national courier corporation based on lack of personal jurisdiction in catastrophic personal injury case brought by Vermont citizen)
  • Bullard Abrasives v. Taiwan Resibon, 2009 WL 1659304 (M.D. Fla., June 15, 2009) (dismissal of Taiwanese product manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction in personal injury case brought by Florida citizen)
  • Callista v. Inversora Internacional Hotelera, 2009 WL 137332 (D. N.J., Jan. 20, 2009) (dismissal of Dominican Republic hotel owner based on lack of personal jurisdiction in personal injury case brought by New Jersey citizen)
  • Mitchell v. Greenlee Textron, et al., 225 S.W.3d 812 (2007) (dismissal of Taiwanese product manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction in catastrophic personal injury case)
  • Mastondrea v. Occidental Hoteles, et al., 391 N.J. Super. 261, 918 A.2d 27 (App. Div. 2007) (Appellate court finding that the law of Quintana Roo, Mexico applied to personal injury case brought by New Jersey citizen against Mexican hotel)

Unreported Decisions

  • Diskin v. Ajax Tocco Magathermic, et al., (North Hampton County, PA, Oct. 10, 2013) (dismissal of Swiss product manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction in multi-plaintiff catastrophic personal injury case)
  • Read v. Moe, et al., (U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, March 18, 2013) (dismissal of Norwegian commercial fishing equipment manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction in catastrophic personal injury case)
  • Gomes v. BRP, Inc. et al., (Bronx County, New York, December 3, 2012) (dismissal of Canadian component part manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction in personal injury case)
  • Ollimac Dairy, Inc. v. DEC International, et al., (Stanislaus County, California, February 8, 2007) (dismissal of Dutch product manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction in commercial product liability case)