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C. Zachary Ransel


Zack Ransel is a partner at Whelan Ransel and concentrates his practice in complex litigation, subrogation, breach of contract, and insurance coverage disputes. He also has significant experience in the areas of products liability and construction law. Zack has litigated cases all over the country in both state and federal courts, and has represented clients in matters pending in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Kansas, New York, Indiana, Arkansas, Missouri and North Carolina. His experience includes the successful independent execution of hundreds of depositions, numerous arbitrations, mediations, pre-trial settlement conferences, and considerable trial and appellate work. He is often engaged in the litigation of large disputes involving claims in excess of $10,000,000. Zack also devotes a significant amount of his practice to representing architects, engineers, accountants and other professionals in actions alleging professional negligence and malpractice.​​


B.S. - Miami University 1997

J.D. - Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 2001


Illinois State Bar

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

United States Tax Court

Pro hac vice throughout the United States



Complex Civil Litigation

Catastrophic Loss (Fires, Explosions, Property Damage, and Subrogation)

Insurance Coverage and Defense

Breach of Contract

Construction Law

Product Liability

Professional Liability (Architects, Engineers and Accountants)

Consumer Fraud


ExxonMobil Oil Corp. v. Amex Const. Co., Inc., 702 F. Supp. 2d 942 (N.D. Ill. 2010).

Wayne County Airport Authority v. Allianz Global Risks US Ins. Co., 2013 WL 4426456 (E.D. Mich. 2013).

B.S.C. Holding, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 625 Fed. Appx. 906 (10th Cir. 2015).

Sauer v. Lexington Ins. Co, 2014 WL 1316122 (E.D.N.C. 2014).

Greater New Jerusalem Temple of Truth, Inc. v. Sentinel Ins. Co., 38 N.E.3d 742 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015).

The Second City et al v. Averus, Inc., 2020 IL App (1st) 192422 (Ill. App. Ct. 2020).


Insurer's Bad Faith Liability in the Absence of Coverage: First-Party and Third-Party Claims - Speaker, Strafford Legal Webinar - September 9, 2015.

Defending the Bad Faith Claim in the Absence of Coverage - Co-Author, Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar - June 17, 2015.

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