Markham (Mark) Jeep
In case you’re curious, the name “Jeep” has nothing whatsoever to do with the famous 4-wheel drive vehicle by the same name. (That name is derived from the military acronym for General Purpose vehicle, or “GP”.) Our name is a derived from the German name “von Jeep.” About a hundred years ago it was shortened—from the front.
Markham Jeep is the son of a union organizer who fought for the right of workers to unite to come to the table with management with greater equality and with a voice in establishing their conditions of employment. His father told him of organizers beaten and in one tragic case, killed, by management thugs on the west side of Chicago. Protecting individual workers from the selfish interests of big money and power is in his blood line and has been his life’s work.
Mr. Jeep worked as a small engine mechanic from the age of 16 and before that bussed tables at several Waukegan restaurants from the age of 13. The summer of 1969 is memorable for the rapid fade of his beloved Cubs and the summer he was the night manager of “Franksville” on Grand Avenue. He is a proud “Bulldog” and graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1970.
His skills as a mechanic expanded into repair of hydraulic equipment, rebuilding two-cycle and four-cycle engines, and the repair of construction equipment. He continued to work during summers, weekends and holidays sharpening his skills at Progressive Power Equipment through college, graduate school, and law school.
His particular areas of academic interest are economics, history, political science, Constitutional law, and political philosophy. During college he was an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and during graduate school was a teaching assistant in the Political Science department.
His years of mechanical work taught him what it means to be dog-tired and have a sore back. He knows what it means to be driven to the emergency room with metal shavings in his eye. He knows pain of having a broken finger but having to work through it to make money to pay tuition. He has undergone multiple shoulder surgeries and knows the pain of trying to work everyday in an airplane splint. That’s why, at least in part, he must fight for the rights of injured workers
He has tried dozens of jury trials and has obtained verdicts and settlements in Wrongful Death, medical malpractice, auto crash, Dram Shop, and construction cases. He has argued cases before the Illinois appellate courts and federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has tried dozens of Workers’ Compensation cases and appears regularly before the Commission on review matters. He has successfully negotiated millions of dollars in settlements thereby avoiding the risk and uncertainty of trial. Most recently, he settled a case involving a head-on collision in Indiana for a Wisconsin resident and his family for a sum exceeding $1.6 million.
Mr. Jeep was invited to teach at Northern Illinois University School of Law in 2014 and continues to teach the class in Workers’ Compensation law and trial advocacy. He is the author of many legal articles for the Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Council and is a frequent speaker on Workers’ Compensation law.
Mr. Jeep married his high school sweetheart, Susan Roettgen, in 1973 and is the proud father of three children and grandfather of five. He and his wife of nearly 50 years live in Wadsworth.
He is a member of many professional organizations and serves on the Illinois State Bar Association General Assembly and on the Legal Education Section Council and Workers’ Compensation Section Council.
He is very proud to have been selected as a Leading Lawyer in his field and is particularly flattered to have been given the highly esteemed “AV” rating by the legal service Martindale-Hubbell indicating that he holds the highest level of professional competence and highest level of professional ethics. He has held this rare honor for nearly 30 years.