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Managing Partner


Education

IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D. – 2005) - CALI Award, Legal Writing

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. – 2001) - Dean’s List


 


Christopher J. Pickett

Chris handles insurance coverage and liability defense matters for the firm’s insurance litigation practice. Chris particularly enjoys insurance coverage litigation and prides himself on representing his clients with a thorough, but efficient approach and an unyielding focus on achieving his clients’ objectives. Chris believes in developing close relationships with his clients through frequent communication. This enables him to understand the clients’ expectations, to counsel them on the risks and exposure involved in a given claim, and to work as a team to develop an effective litigation plan.

Chris has successfully utilized this approach for litigated matters involving a wide variety of claims, including auto, property, construction defect, conflict (Peppers) counsel, target tenders, intentional torts, additional insured disputes, consumer fraud, environmental damage and injury, employment practices, personal and advertising injury, trucking, slander of title, contract and commercial disputes, condominium, encroachment, priority of coverage, uninsured/under-insured, equitable subrogation and contribution, bad-faith and statutory claims including alleged violations of the Illinois Real Property Disclosure Act, Illinois Consumer Fraud Protection Act, Illinois Wrongful Tree Cutting Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Chris has defended and prosecuted these claims in both the trial and appellate courts.

Chris is a member of DRI and CLM, having recently attended the Litigation Management Institute to receive a certificate in litigation management.  Outside the office, Chris enjoys work in the community with an emphasis on early education and mentoring, including reading with elementary school children and guest lecturing and volunteering in young entrepreneur programs.  Chris and his wife Dawn are proud parents to their three children, Christopher, William and Brooklyn.


Practice Highlights

No Duty To Defend Or Indemnify Insured Against $9,660,000 TCPA Judgment.

We obtained summary judgment by arguing that our client’s Owners, Landlord & Tenant policy only applied to claims involving both an occurrence and resulting damage on the premises. We also argued that the insured’s fax advertisements were not the insured’s “good,” “products,” or “completed operations” as defined by the policy’s commercial product and completed operations coverage. Founders Ins. Co. v. Paldo Sign and Display Co., 2014 IL App (1st) 130756-U