Though Gov. Bruce Rauner was thwarted in his efforts to push damage award caps and tort reform, at least civil defense attorneys in Illinois rested easy during Rauner’s four-year tenure, knowing he would not actively work against them. But now that Democrat J.B. Pritzker has been elected governor, what is the defense bar expecting?
We spoke with the lawyers behind four of the biggest blockbuster class-action settlements of the last few years, as determined by the yearly JVR Settlements Report, which runs in each October edition of Chicago Lawyer. Through the lens of these four cases, we explore what these costly, yearslong suits meant for the lawyers’ careers, for their area of law and, in some cases, for society at large.
His law degree, the right friendships and a love for suds is how Freeborn & Peters partner Adam Toosley became one of the few members of the Chicago Brewseum’s board of directors who isn’t an actual brewmaster or restaurant owner.
James G. Argionis is a family man. But for him, family is more than just blood — it’s community. Argionis, a partner at Cozen O’Connor, volunteers on a variety projects — from coaching a high school mock trial team to getting his firm involved in asylum cases through the National Immigrant Justice Center.
There was never any serious discussion about Gould & Ratner moving out of 222 N. LaSalle St., a place the firm has been since 1985. The firm moved from the eighth floor down to the third floor on Feb. 11. Reasons for the move were numerous, but the desire to downsize factored in prominently.
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