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Personal Injury High School

Western Springs, IL
January 31, 2024

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Western Springs, Illinois 60558

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EDUCATION: John Marshall Law School–Juris Doctorate DePaul University B.S.C.–Commerce

DePaul University M.B.A. Program

St. Ignatius High School

LAW LICENSING: State of Illinois and State of Wisconsin ARBITRATION/MEDIATION: Independent Arbitrator-selected by attorneys UIM cases and Casualty cases and employment disputes Arbitrator-American Arbitration Association, Current New York American Arbitration Association-2 day-(2017) Best Practices Seminar-Construction and Commercial Appointed Court Certified Mediator

Major Case Mediator-Circuit Court of Cook County

Member, American Bar Association Dispute

Resolution Committee

Chicago Bar Association Mediator, Law Division Cases Chicago Teachers Pension Fund Hearing Officer

Part-Time Hearing Officer for Retired Teachers

Ford Motor cases, Arbitrator, Current

Arbitrator-Resolute Systems, Inc.

MEDIATION TRAINING: Advanced Civil Mediation, Chicago, IL National Judicial College, October 1-3, 2012, Chicago, IL Chicago Bar Association Mediation Program

Advanced Judicial Academy, June, 2013, Champaign, IL

"Reason, Emotion and the Psychology of Judgment


“Dispute Resolution Committee” American Bar Association HEARING REPRESENTATIVE: Secretary of State, Chicago, IL Driver's License Hearing Representative, 2017 – Present 2


May 2017-Present Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd., Partner 835 McClintock Drive, Second Floor

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

Principal Responsibilities:

• Mediation Practice and Civil Litigation

2008-Oct. 2010 Hartigan & O'Connor P.C., Partner

20 North Clark Street, Suite 1250

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Principal Responsibilities:

• Engaged in Civil Trial work including Casualty and Municipal Defense, Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury and Arbitration/Mediation

• Two (2) Associates and one (1) Paralegal in Firm Nov. 1989-1996 Hartigan & Cuisinier P.C., Partner

134 North LaSalle Street/222 North LaSalle Street

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Principal Responsibilities:

• Engaged in Civil Trial work including Casualty and Municipal Defense, Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury and Arbitration/Mediation

• Five (5) Associates and two (2) Paralegals in Firm 1988-Nov. 1989 Goggin, Cutler, Hull & Hartigan, Partner 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2147

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Principal Responsibilities:

• Engaged in Civil Trial work including Casualty and Municipal Defense, Worker's Compensation and

Personal Injury

1981-1988 Scanlan & Hartigan, Ltd., Managing Partner 134 North LaSalle Street, Suite 220

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Principal Responsibilities:

• Engaged in Civil Trial practice with accent on Personal Injury Plaintiff and Defense, Municipal Liability and Worker's Compensation

• Developed Insurance Defense clients and Municipal clients

1977-1981 Garbutt & Jacobson Associated, Associate Attorney Chicago, Illinois

Principal Responsibilities:


• Engaged in Personal Injury Defense for Insurance Carriers with accent on Motor Vehicle, Premises

Liability and Worker's Compensation Defense

• Handled Municipal Defense for the City of Berwyn, City of Evanston and City of Chicago

1976-1977 Shippers, Betar, Lamendalle & O'Brien, Associate Attorney Chicago, Illinois

Principal Responsibilities:

• Engaged in General Practice with accent on Civil and Federal Criminal Litigation

TRIAL EXPERIENCE: Has tried over 60 Jury Trials in State and Federal Court. Both Plaintiff and Defense in Complex litigation. Have lectured or written on Jury Selection, Affidavits, Rule 213 Disclosure, Daubert/Frye Expert disclosure; Cross-Examination, Law Office Management, Post-Trial Motions and Appeals, and Uninsured Motorist Coverage for LawEd series, ISBA Seminars, West Suburban Bar Seminars, Chicago Bar and NWSBA Seminars. Written Trial Briefs; Southwest Bar on Rule 213 in 2014 and Articles for Civil Practice Committee- Illinois State Bar Association. Seminar 2017 "View From the Bench". S.W. Bar Association Seminar (speaker) "Municipal Liability 2018". Allerton Conference Speaker, Bloomington, IL, Civil Procedure.


March 2012–January 2017 CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY Fifth Municipal District

10220 South 76th Avenue

Bridgeview, Illinois 60455

Assigned to Civil Jury Call, trying and settling civil jury and non-jury civil cases.

October 2010-March 2012 CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY First Municipal District

50 West Washington

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Received "Highly Recommended" rating from Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar among others. Received

"Highly Recommended" by Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar for Appellate Court.


BAR RATINGS: Always rated “Highly Recommended” by the Chicago Bar Association for the Circuit Court and Alliance and the Appellate Court


SUPREME COURT JUDGE: 2010, Appointed Circuit Court Judge, by Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Hon. Thomas Fitzgerald


CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: December 2012 for a six (6) year term. ILLINOIS SUPREME

COURT APPOINTMENT: 2016 "Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Performance and Evaluation Committee" – Current Member through 2022 2017 "Supreme Court Committee on Pre-Trial Detainees"

— Past Member

LEGISLATIVE: State Rep Candidate 1978 and 1986, 43rd and 7th Districts DISTINCTIONS/


• Current Justice–Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity 2021-22

• Presidential Appointment Dec., 2020 to Law PAC on behalf of ISBA, 3-year term 2023 for Legislative


• Member ISBA Civil Practice and Bench and Bar

• Elected American Bar Association-ISBA Delegate to the House of Delegates through June 2021

• Member of the Judges Association "Media and


• Current Member "Lawyers Care Fund," Helping

Lawyers in Distress

• Current ISBA Assembly Member 2019-2021, 1979-81, 2005-2008, 1979-2004

• Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association


• Decalogue Society-"The Light of Truth Award"

• Illinois Judges Association-Dec. 2017 "Community Achievement Award"

• Mary Houton Award-Women’s Bar Association, 2019

• 2017-Award-IL Local Government Lawyers Ass'n-

"Lifetime Achievement Award"

• Elected-Advocate-American Board of Trial Advocates Member of American Board of Trial Advocates (you

must qualify for admission with at least 30 Jury Trials) 5

• Elected Board of Governors 2010-2012, 2007-2010, 1998-2004

• Elected Secretary 2002, 2003, Treasurer 2001, 2002

• Past President of the West Suburban Bar

• Appointed to the Illinois Bar Foundation, 2014-2017, 2009-2013, 2007-2008, 2004-2007, Gala Chair 2013,

2016, 2017

• Past Member of the Executive Committee of the West Central Municipal Conference 2009, 2010 Vice-Chair

• Appointed to Chicago Metropolitan Agency for

Planning, representing West and South Cook County


• President John Marshall Alumni Board, 2007-2008

• West Suburban Bar Honor “Judicial Achievement


SPEAKER AND AUTHOR: Illinois State Bar

Motions in Limine, Presenter-November 2016

Supreme Court Rule, Presenter, 213, 2010-2015

Motion Practices "A View from the Bench"-2011

Frye and Daubert Expert Testimony-2013

UIM Chicago, IL; Cross-Exam, New Orleans, LA-2010

Municipal Liability "Sidewalk cases and

Affirmative Defenses,"-2015

Speaker “Evidence, Before, During or After Trial or Settlement-2017

"A View from the Bench," Civil Section Council


Ethics-Tort Section Council-2017

"A View from the Bench"-Civil Practice and

Trial-May 2017

Ethical Considerations and Trial Practice

Evidence-May 2017

Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Trial-November 2017 Profession under Pressure Stress-From Attorney and Judicial Viewpoint-November 2017

Workers Comp, Negligence and Covid-19, 2020 ISBA Bar Journal, Vol. 108

West Suburban Bar

Seminar Civil Topic, Oak Brook, IL, January 2015

Supreme Court Rule 213, Elmhurst, IL, 2013

Post-Trial Motions, Oak Brook, IL, 2011

Major Crime Assistance Team (MCAT) Northwest

Suburban Police Department, 2015-2017

S.W. Bar Association – Municipal Liability


North Suburban Bar

Municipal Law from the Plaintiff and Defendant's

Perspective-January 2018

Northwest Bar

Supreme Court Rule 213-Presented in 2013

DuPage Bar

Municipal Topics, October 2021

Chicago Bar Seminar

Objections from a Judge's Perspective-December 2015 Municipal Law Seminar-Speaker 2019

Allerton Hours Conference(s)

Social Media-2013, Champaign, IL

Photographic Evidence-2012, Champaign, IL

New Realities of Civil Practice-2015, Utica, IL


2019 Civil Procedure-Civil Practice Committee ISBA

“Sidewalk Presentation,” ISBA Civil Practice Section 2020 TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2018-Current Chicago Kent College of Law

Adjunct Professor-Law Practice Management

1988-Current DePaul University

School for Professional Studies

Law and the Work Place/Sexual Harassment

John Marshall Law School

2008-2017 Adjunct Professor-Law Office Management Course 2014-2017 Adjunct Professor-Trial Advocacy

1990-2010 Northwestern University

University College

Teach Business Law and Contracts

1977-1987 Morton Junior College

Taught Business Law, Real Estate Law and Insurance Law 1974-1975 Marist High School

Chicago, IL

Taught Business Law (full-time)


COMMUNITY AWARDS: St. Ignatius Law Society-Highest Medal of Excellence in the Law, 2018

St. Ignatius High School President's Alumni Medal, 2014 John Marshall Law School President's Award, 2012

John Marshall Law School Leadership Award, 2009

St. Ignatius Athletic Hall of Fame

Western Springs Man of the Year, 2008

Fellowship Club of Western Suburbs Award, 2007

Des Plaines Valley Boy Scouts Community

Leadership, 2006

Community Extension Project Service Award, 2004

Y.M.C.A. Person of the Year, 1992



ELECTED POSITIONS: Pillars Board Member, 2014-2017, 2011-2013, 2017-2019

Township Supervisor, Lyons Township, Dec. 2008-2012 Elected Lyons Township Trustee, 2005-2009, 2001-2005 Elected Trustee, Village of Western Springs, 2003-2007 Elected Lyons Township School Trustee, 1998-2005

Prosecutor Village of Brookfield, 2002-2004

President Lyons Township Mental Health Board,


Elected Lyons Township School Trustee, 1996-2003

Village of Western Springs Zoning Board, 1994-2003 City of Evanston Attorney Assigned Cases and Board of Ethics Attorney

President, Board of Directors, Berwyn YMCA, 1991-1993 President Berwyn-Cicero Council on Aging, 1983-1988 City of Berwyn City Attorney, 1978-1988 and Assigned Cases

John Marshall Law School Class President, 1975

John Marshall Law School Member Gavel Society, 1975 CURRENT COMMUNITY

INVOLVEMENT: Lyons Township Mental Health Board 2021-2024 Illinois Judge's Association Media Response Committee Current Foundation Board Member Berwyn PAV YMCA

HOBBIES: Illinois Tournament Handball Player

Certified Illinois High School and College Football Referee Golf

REFERENCES: Hon. James Fitzgerald Smith

Illinois Appellate Court Justice

First District

Chicago, Illinois


Hon. Terrence Lavin

Illinois Appellate Court Justice

First District

Chicago, Illinois

Hon. Thomas Lyons

Law Division

Circuit Court of Cook County

Daley Center

Hon. Thomas Murphy

5th Municipal District, Law Division

Bridgeview, Illinois

Hon. Cynthia Cobb

Illinois Appellate Court Justice

Chicago, Illinois

Hon. Michael Hogan (retired)

ADR Systems of America

20 North Clark Street, 29th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Hon. E. Kenneth Wright

Presiding Judge-Municipal Division

Daley Center

50 W. Washington

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Hon. William Haddad (retired)

ADR Systems

20 N. Clark

Chicago, Illinois


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