Gene Brockland


Gene Brockland is a distinguished legal professional with 35 years of successful trial practice in employment and non-competes, class actions, liens, franchising, trust and fiduciary duty
matters, contracts, intellectual property - including trademarks & copyrights and construction litigation. Renowned for his strategic approach, commitment to client advocacy, and a proven
record of achieving favorable outcomes, Mr. Brockland is an invaluable addition to The Cook Group.

Highlights of recent commercial cases include:

  • Obtaining a $2M jury verdict on behalf of a developer against a local municipality on constitutional claims arising out of the municipality's refusal to approve the developer's site development plans.
  • Obtaining a judgment for over $2.3M for breach of contract for a national architecture firm, including enforcement of a lien with priority over the project's lender
  • Obtaining a defense verdict for a trustee of a family trust in an action brought by beneficiaries.    

In recent years, Gene has also been involved in several high-profile art-related cases.  Highlights of some of those cases include:

  • Obtaining title to Norman Rockwell's Russian Schoolroom for an art dealer who had bought it in good faith at an auction, against competing claims of an original owner who alleged that it had been stolen from him before it was auctioned.
  • Obtaining jury verdicts exceeding $1M for two sculptors for copyright infringement against a developer who had commissioned unauthorized copies of their work and was displaying the copies at commercial properties in California.

Gene Brockland holds a B.A. in Foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and earned his J.D. from Washington University. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.

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