PUBLISHED WORKS

  • Monthly columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (since 2007). Entitled “Torts,” the column critically discusses recent cases that significantly impact state and federal tort litigation. It also addresses issues in state and federal tort law that are unresolved  (The following articles were published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin unless otherwise noted).
  • Each party receives chance to one ‘judge-shopping’ motion (Feb. 29, 2012)
  • Defendants get ‘fair opportunity to investigate’ (Jan. 25, 2012)
  • ERISA plan may stall in reimbursement recovery (Dec. 28, 2011)
  • Bankruptcy plaintiffs must disclose lawsuits (Nov. 30, 2011)
  • Pleadings in federal court require distinctions (Oct. 26, 2011)
  • When does the risk-utility balancing test apply? (Sept. 28, 2011)
  • Dealing with coverage in interstate trucking cases (Sept. 1, 2011)
  • Damages and the common fund doctrine (July 27, 2011)
  • Valid basis for social host liability (June 29, 2011)
  • Letter fails to trigger coverage (May 25, 2011)
  • Looking at how ‘willful and wanton’ gets defined (April 27, 2011)
  • Doe is dead (March 30, 2011)
  • Don’t use a fake name without leave of court (Feb. 23, 2011)
  • Do treating physicians have to issue expert reports? (Dec. 29, 2010)
  • Post-filing appointment (Nov. 24, 2010)
  • No punitive damages in death case (Oct. 27, 2010)
  • Ice, snow, rain and the CTA (Sept. 29, 2010)
  • Dismissal for ‘losing’ evidence (Aug. 25, 2010)
  • How can doctors and hospitals justify these actions? (July 28, 2010)
  • The issue of presenting medical bills to the jury (June 30, 2010)
  • Reducing the anxiety over Hudson and Thornton (May 26, 2010)
  • Settling with agents extinguishes principal’s liability (April 28, 2010)
  • Does Thornton require pleading for set-offs? (March 31, 2010)
  • Exceptions exist to claim-splitting rule (Jan. 27, 2010)
  • The battles over what is binding or non-binding dicta (Feb. 24, 2010)
  • The aftermath of Hudson: What constitutes a final adjudication on the merits (Dec. 30, 2009)
  • Emotional distress may not be beyond the ken of jurors (Nov. 25, 2009)
  • Clarification needed on nursing home arbitration (Oct. 14, 2009)
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  • When a state regulation is not a ‘statute’ (Sept 2, 2009)
  • Overcoming transfer decision a Herculean task (Aug. 7, 2009)
  • In Illinois, it’s still cheaper to kill than to hurt (June 24, 2009)
  • Liability under the Domestic Violence Act (May 6, 2009)
  • Preserving your case in the event of a death (March 25, 2009)
  • Make sure to always read the labels (March 4, 2009)
  • High court clarifies who should be on verdict form (Jan. 28, 2009)
  • ‘Independent contractor’ defense unavailable (Dec. 3, 2008)
  • Uncertainty surrounds the public duty rule (Oct. 29, 2008)
  • A return to the General Assembly’s good faith (Aug. 27, 2008)
  • Illinois adheres to the ‘reasonable value’ rule (July 30, 2008)
  • Recent guidance on self-imposed (June 18, 2008)
  • Split over construction statute of repose (April 30, 2008)
  • Split over who should be on the verdict form (March 26, 2008)
  • Reaffirming the special relationship doctrine (Feb. 27, 2008)
  • Working your way through the federal thicket (Oct. 24, 2007)
  • An open door to punitive damages (Sept. 11, 2007)
  • Timing key to impeachment material (June 22, 2007)
  • Direct participation liability comes to Ill. (March 16, 2007)
  • Feres doctrine commands liability for military (Jan. 24, 2007)
  • Ruling on prior injuries echoes case law (Aug. 13, 2015)
  • Emotional distress may be connected to suicide, but causation is another matter (Jun. 24, 2015)
  • Court ruling creates more questions in standards of review (May 11, 2015)
  • Illinois Supreme Court declares its eagerness to defer to lawmakers (April 30, 2015)
  • Attorney who hid client’s death dooms deal (Feb. 26, 2015)
  • Premises liability and the open-and-obvious-danger rule (Oct. 6, 2014)
  • Governmental immunity and the quest for a ‘willful and wanton’ escape hatch (Aug. 27, 2014)
  • Torts, wrongful-death claims and suicide (July 22, 2014)
  • School loses bid for immunity in suit over girl’s fall in ‘cafetorium’ (May 12, 2014)
  • Pleading a duty to settle in insurance cases (April 2, 2014)
  • Property repair found to be discretionary (Jan. 29, 2014)
  • Serving the dead: High court reviews case involving deceased defendant (Dec. 4, 2013)
  • Is a crane operator a borrowed employee? That’s a jury question (Sept. 12, 2013)
  • Diligent inquiry by plaintiffs required for proper service (Aug. 13, 2013)
  • Plaintiff’s ‘eggshell’ argument cracks under 3rd District’s analysis (May 30, 2013)
  • ‘Freaky fast’ delivery crash leads to civil procedure question in suit (April 17, 2013)
  • Back surgery leads to equitable estoppel question (March 21, 2013)
  • Math helps appellate court decide case (Feb. 27, 2013)
  • Court reviews immunity in gym accident (Jan. 30, 2013)
  • Court looks at immunity of a public entity from an injury due to snow, ice (Nov. 28, 2012)
  • Ruling finds error over fictitious name (Oct. 31, 2012)
  • Court weighs complaint with false name (Sept. 26, 2012)
  • Courts may face issue of several statutes applying in same case (Aug. 29, 2012)
  • Court allows health insurance testimony (July 25, 2012)
  • Ruling favors plaintiff in scissor lift case (June 27, 2012)
  • Court considers EMS Systems Act and liability to third (April 25, 2012)
  • Recent zero-damage awards lack support (March 28, 2012)
  • Co-wrote “Use of Expert Witnesses in Aviation Cases” Litigating the Aviation Case: From Pre-Trial to Closing Argument, Chapter 20, Third Edition
  • “Ask And Ye Shall Receive: A Party’s Obligation To Disclose Impeachment Material In Federal Civil Cases,” Aviation Litigation Quarterly, (Spring 2008)
  • “State Courts Can Hear Commercial Aviation Cases: Bennett v. Southwest and In re Air Crash Disaster at Lexington, Kentucky on (August 27, 2006)," The Federal Lawyer, (January 2008), Vol. 55, Number One
  • Co-wrote “Building Your Case for the Jury,” Litigation, The Journal of the Section of Litigation for the American Bar Association, Vol.36, (Number 3, Spring 2010)
  • “Rule 191(b) affidavits: Should Lawyers Be Able To Sign Them,” Trial Journal, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, Vol. 18, (Number 1, W inter 2016)
  • “Liability Insurance as Evidence of Witness Bias,” Trial Journal, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, Vol. 17, (Number 1, W inter 2015)