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Gerard Albert Para

Gerard Albert Para, American lawyer, real estate broker, consultant. Bar: Illinois 1977, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1977, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1977, Federal Trial Bar. 1984; licensed real estate broker, Illinois, 1981.

Background

  • Para, Gerard Albert was born on June 27, 1953 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. Son of Bruno Joseph and Bernice Agnes Para.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with honor, De Paul University, 1973. Juris Doctor, De Paul University, 1976.

    Career

    • Judicial law clerk Ill Appellate Court (1st district), Chicago, 1977-1978. Divisional counsel Household International Franchisor Divisions, Prospect Heights, 1978-1985. Vice president Bannockburn (Illinois) Park Concepts, Inc., 1986-1993.

      Director real estate operations, assistant general counsel Ben Franklin Stores, Carol Stream, Illinois, 1994-1996. Vice president, general counsel DiMucci Development Corporation, Palatine, 1996-1997. General counsel Urban Investment Trust Inc., Chicago, 1998-1999.

      Principal Franchise ESQ.sm, Lincolnshire, since 1999. Arbitrator 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake County, since 1999, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, since 2000, Circuit Court of Cook County, since 2000. Candidate 19th Judicial Circuit Judge, Democratic Party, Lake and McHenry Counties, 2002.

      Real estate broker, Long Grove, Illinois, since 1987. Franchise consultant Elliotts' Off Broadway Deli, Oak Brook, Illinois, since 1993, Hollywood Tanning Systems, Inc., Sewell, New Jersey, since 2007. Interim executive director Young Women’s Christian Association of Rockford, Illinois, 2006.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Illinois 1977, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1977, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1977, Federal Trial Bar. 1984; licensed real estate broker, Illinois, 1981.

    Works

    • Moore, Bergman and Binder's Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments and Trial Techniques (American Casebook Series)
    • Explains how to prepare a case for trial by identifying historical factual propositions that satisfy applicable legal elements; identifying evidence and inferences tending to prove or disprove the crucial factual propositions in a case; organizing evidence into persuasive arguments, whether the evidence is disputed or undisputed or suggests an implausibility in a witness' story; and understanding the influence of "silent arguments" and taking advantage of or countering such arguments.
    • Editor: Medical Malpractice, 1975, Trial Technique, 1975.

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    Assistant coach Little League Buffalo Grove Recreation Association, Illinois, 1988—2000. Assistant scoutmaster Boy Scouts American, Long Grove, 1995—2001. Member American Bar Association, International Council Shopping Centers, International Corporation Real Estate Executives (board directors Chicago chapter 1999-2002), Chicago Bar Association, International Franchise Association, Council Franchise Suppliers.

    Personality

    Interests

    Lap swimming, boating, scuba diving, weightlifting.

    Connections

    • Married Gayle Louise Keegan, September 15, 1979. Children; Eric, Teresa.
    • father: Bruno Joseph
    • mother: Bernice Agnes Para
    • spouse: Gayle Louise Keegan
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    Born June 27, 1953
    (age 64)
    Nationality
    • 1973
      De Paul University
    • 1976
      De Paul University
    • 1977 - 1978
      Judicial law clerk, Ill Appellate Court (1st district)
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1978 - 1985
      divisional counsel, Household International Franchisor Divisions
      Prospect Heights, Illinois, United States
    • 1986 - 1993
      vice president, Bannockburn (Illinois) Park Concepts
    • 1994 - 1996
      director, general counsel Ben Franklin Stores
      Carol Stream, Illinois, United States
    • 1994 - 1996
      assistant, general counsel Ben Franklin Stores
      Carol Stream, Illinois, United States
    • 1996 - 1997
      vice president, DiMucci Development Corporation
      Palatine, Illinois, United States
    • 1996 - 1997
      general counsel, DiMucci Development Corporation
      Palatine, Illinois, United States
    • 1998 - 1999
      general counsel, Urban Investment Trust Incorporated
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1999
      principal Franchise ESQ.sm
      Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    • 1999
      arbitrator 19th Judicial Circuit
    • 2002
      candidate 19th Judicial Circuit Judge
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