C. Zachary Ransel



Direct: (630) 873-2227



Zack Ransel is a partner at Whelan Arnold, LLC and concentrates his practice in complex litigation, subrogation, breach of contract, and insurance coverage disputes involving first-party and bad faith claims. He also has significant experience in the areas of products liability and construction law. Additionally, Mr. Ransel has considerable familiarity with the defense of Magnuson-Moss and consumer fraud claims, representing one of the largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in the country.

Mr. Ransel has litigated cases all over the country in both state and federal courts. His experience includes the successful independent execution of hundreds of depositions, numerous arbitrations, mediations, pre-trial settlement conferences, and considerable trial work. He is often engaged in the litigation of large disputes involving claims in excess of $10,000,000. Mr. Ransel also devotes a significant amount of his practice to representing architects, engineers, accountants and other professionals in actions alleging professional negligence and malpractice.

Mr. Ransel is admitted to the U.S. Tax Court and has assisted both individual and corporate taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. The result of these disputes is often a reduction in the taxpayer's tax liability or an increase in the taxpayer's refund.


B.S. - Economics from Miami University in 1997

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


  • 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.