Janet H. Gilbert


Janet H. Gilbert

jgilbert@fletcher-sippel.com (email)

(312) 252-1507 (Phone)

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Janet Gilbert focuses her legal practice on general corporate law and policy, litigation coordination, risk management and drafting contracts, leases and joint facility agreements.   Her experience includes management of legal issues involving the Federal Railroad Administration, OSHA, the Surface Transportation Board and numerous state agencies involved with regulatory oversight. She serves as national coordinating counsel for asbestos litigation for a major client and also provides general counsel oversight services to several short line railroads.

Janet’s wide range of legal experience includes over 20 years of service as in-house counsel, including serving as Antitrust Counsel for The Milwaukee Road, Vice-President and General Counsel for Wisconsin Central Ltd.  and General Counsel – Litigation & Insurance for CN.  She began her legal career with the Federal Trade Commission where she concentrated on antitrust and consumer protection law.



Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts; Juris Doctorate, cum laude

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts; BA in Government Affairs

Bar Admissions

Northern District of Illinois
Northern District of Indiana
Southern District of Indiana
District of Columbia


"Fraud in Mass Tort Claims: Verdict Against Plainitffs' Lawyers in Asbestos Suit Reveals How Defendants Can Fight Back", Washington Legal Foundation Web Seminar, April 2010

"Fuel Surcharges – Did Carriers Violate the Antitrust Laws?", American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Legal Tracks Panel, May 2008

"Conflict, Coverage and Cooperation – A Practical Guide to Representing Insured Short Line Carriers", National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, March 2008


National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC); Member of Executive Board and Amicus Committee

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA); Associate Member, Chair – General Counsel Committee

Chicago Area Public Affairs Group (CAPAG)