Ed Genson

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Edward Marvin Genson (born June 30, 1941) is a Chicago attorney who has represented high profile defendants such as former Republic Windows CEO Richard Gillman, musician R. Kelly, newspaper owner Conrad Black, and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.[1]

Early life[edit]

Genson was born June 30, 1941.[2] He was raised on the West Side of Chicago along with his younger sister, Myrna. He received a B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1962, and a J.D. from its law school in 1965.[1]

Blagojevich Case[edit]

He was hired by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich after the Governor's arrest on corruption charges on December 9, 2008[3] and represented him at the impeachment hearings in the Illinois House of Representatives.

On January 23, 2009, after only a month on the case, Genson announced that he would step down as Blagojevich's lead defense attorney, stating that "I never require a client to do what I say but I do require them to at least listen to what I say."[4]

Republic Windows & Doors Case[edit]

Genson was hired by former Republic Windows CEO Richard Gillman to represent him against the charges brought against him. In a surprise move, the judge set Gillman's bail at $10 million; a significantly higher amount than the Prosecution requested.[5]

On Saturday September 25, Genson was able to get Gillman's bail cut in half and he was able to post bail.[6]


Genson has published the following legal articles:[1]

  • "Prosecutorial Courtroom Misconduct in Illinois", Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal, Fall 1987
  • "A Guide to Handling Federal Narcotics Forfeiture Cases", Illinois Bar Journal, April 1991
  • "Taped Evidence in Criminal Cases: Confronting the Tape Recorder", Litigation Magazine (American Bar Association), Winter 1994


  1. ^ a b c "Edward M. Genson". Leading Lawyers Network. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  2. ^ "The Players". The Star. 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  3. ^ Keen, Judy and Douglas Stanglin (2008-12-15). "Obama says no 'inappropriate' staff contacts with Ill. Gov. Blagojevich". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  4. ^ Blagojevich's Lead Defense Lawyer to Resign CNN.com, January 23, 2009
  5. ^ Released from jail
  6. ^ CEO goes home