Jay Paul Deratany is the founder of The Deratany Firm. Receiving his law degree from DePaul University, he has been voted one of the top 100 lawyers nationwide, and one of the top Illinois lawyers, since 2007. He was selected as one of the Top 100 Illinois Litigation lawyers for 2016, by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). Those selected have shown a demonstrated excellence in their field and sustained commitment to the profession.
Mr. Deratany has a proven track record of helping clients get the results they need. His success in the courtroom includes winning the largest jury verdict in Lake County history ($23,000,000).
Jay Paul Deratany has published numerous articles featured in the Illinois Bar Journal, Daily Law Bulletin, Adoption Magazine, and Foster Families Today. He has been a guest on Fox & Friends, CNN and the O’Reilly Factor. He has been featured in Foster Families Magazine for his continuing fight on behalf of foster children.
He has served on numerous boards including: Howard Brown, Chicago House, Perspectives Charter Schools, and Community Support Services. He won the Ekroth Award for his Federal Lawsuit advocating on behalf of disabled women who were being discriminated against in housing.
Mr. Deratany is also a playwright; his hit play, Haram Iran, was nominated for a GLAAD theater award and has played in Chicago, Los Angeles, and soon London. He also has recently finished production of his first feature film titled Saugatuck Cures.
Mr. Deratany continues to advocate for global LGBT youth rights, as well as serves on the board of directors of Ekta Transglobal, a nonprofit organization that advocates for LGBT equality.
- DePaul University
- Juris Doctor