A resident of Burr Ridge, Illinois, since 1995, Gary Grasso has a reputation for being a tough litigator and a man who puts family first. Ask anyone who knows him or has been opposing counsel in a case. As the Mayor of Burr Ridge for over a decade and founder of Grasso Law, P.C., Gary understands the needs of both his residents and clients and how to produce results for both constituencies.
Gary has a long history of public service from his two tenures in Burr Ridge as Mayor (2005-12; 2019-present) and two terms on the DuPage County Board (2012-18). While on the DuPage County Board, he also served as Chairman of DuPage’s 911- Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) and led the effort to build two state-of-the-art call centers. These call centers cover all of DuPage and give first responders the best chance to have good outcomes when residents call 911.
Gary previously served 12 years on the DuPage County Board of Health which gave him invaluable experience to deal with the many health and pandemic issues that continually seem to face us today.
Gary and his wife Janet first raised their family in Western Springs, Cook County, where Gary served several years on the Thomas Ford Library Board, and then on its foundation. He was also elected by parishioners to the St. John of Cross Parish Council and School Board in the 1990s.
After Janet and Gary moved the family to Burr Ridge, Gary became involved in local government first on the environmental quality commission, next as a trustee, and then he was elected Mayor in May 2005. Burr Ridge, which sits 40% in Cook and 60% in DuPage Counties, has a long history of being fiscally sound. Gary has continued that history. Currently, the Village has the highest bond rating a municipality can attain and in December 2021, the Village paid off its remaining bond debt. Burr Ridge is debt free.
Under Gary’s leadership, the Village met its annual obligation to contribute the full actuarial amount to the police pension fund. The Burr Ridge Police Department is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (“CALEA”) which has certified only about 42 agencies out of an estimated 870 in Illinois.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gary fought to keep businesses operating, opposing the Governor’s closures of Illinois’ small businesses. He helped to devise the tent-program for restaurants that saved all existing restaurants and was highlighted by media in and around the region for its success. Burr Ridge also issued grants to small shops to meet payroll and rent for several weeks saving almost every small shop from closing. For months, Gary issued daily messages to keep residents informed as the pandemic unfolded.
In August 2018, along with other local elected officials, Gary fought against the contamination from Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility by supporting and galvanizing area residents to force it to close and be de-commissioned.
Gary is professional, reliable, focused and results orientated. He is known for his ability to get both sides to resolution while motivating staff and colleagues to action on behalf of those he serves. He is respected for his relentless work ethic and dedication to his family.
Gary’s education includes a law degree from Fordham Law School, and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He was also selected as a Georgetown senior to attend the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. He is an admitted attorney in Illinois and New York and finalizing his admission to the Colorado bar.
For over forty years, Gary has been an attorney and litigator effectively representing clients in cases often related to real estate and commercial transactions, employment, trusts and estates, and business reorganizations. His litigation practice focuses on attorney malpractice issues. Three different times, Gary has been selected as one of Illinois’ leading lawyers, an achievement only five percent of Illinois attorneys achieve.
From his humble upbringing in suburban New York to his accomplishments today, Gary has truly lived the American dream. His father had only a 6th grade education but rose to be a full-time fireman in his community. Gary was the first in his large Italian American family to graduate from college and then from law school. His parents, Tony and Vivian, instilled the importance of hard work and earning a good education as a means to succeed in life and support a family. These values are embedded in the man he is today. Along with his wife Janet of 43 years, he has passed these important values on to their six children and six grandchildren. The Grasso family still gathers almost every week for traditional Sunday dinner.