John Marshall Law School (J.D.–1985) — Executive Editor, John Marshall Law Review
University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S.–2001) - Dean’s List
William C. Lindsay
Bill Lindsay is a founding partner of Lindsay, Pickett & Postel, LLC. For over twenty-five years, Bill has represented defendants in civil lawsuits with diligence, integrity, and success. His practice areas include construction injury and defect litigation, wrongful death, product liability, premises and auto liability cases. He has obtained numerous defense verdicts and summary judgments for his clients, achieving favorable results against some of the most formidable plaintiff's attorneys in the state. Bill has obtained defense verdicts of no liability or a verdict below the last offer in over 80% of the cases he has tried to verdict.
Bill acquired unique insights into the internal workings of a casualty insurer's claims department when he served on a "claims/legal action team" for a major casualty insurer, which was tasked with developing protocols for improving communication, work flow, and work quality between defense counsel and claims professionals. The report and recommendations that Bill and his action team members generated served as the basis for comprehensive new policies and procedures implemented by the insurer. More importantly, the experience taught Bill a great deal about the needs and concerns of claims professionals. Those insights inspired Bill to establish a law firm dedicated to one mission: to be Advocates Of Our Clients' Interests, and Stewards Of Their Resources. This is the continuing mission of our firm.
Bill is a 1981 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and a 1985 graduate of the John Marshall Law School. In law school, he served as Executive Editor of the John Marshall Law Review, and authored WHEN UNCLE SAM CALLS, DOES MA BELL HAVE TO ANSWER?: RECOGNIZING A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CORPORATE INFORMATIONAL PRIVACY, 18 J. Marshall L.Rev. 915 (1985). Bill is an active member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). Through CLM, in October, 2014, Bill completed the litigation management course at the Litigation Management Institute, Columbia Law School, and was awarded the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional.
At CLM’s annual conference in March, 2018, Bill presented with a panel of insurance industry leaders on incentivizing early resolution success to advance client value. In May, 2016, Bill gave a presentation to the Lake County Bar Association's Civil Trial Group on improving the efficiency of managing litigation and strategy for increasing the effectiveness of ADR.
We obtained summary judgment for our client by arguing that it qualified as a borrowing employer and was, therefore, immune from tort liability pursuant to the Worker’s Compensation Act. The plaintiff’s decedent, a repairman, was working on an overhead garage door when it unexpectedly opened, striking and killing him. Our client was one of several car dealerships held by a common owner. Although the decedent was hired by another dealership, we argued that our client exerted sufficient control over the decedent’s work to be deemed a borrowing employer. The trial court agreed, and the decision was affirmed on appeal. Prodanic v. Grossprops, et al., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Appellate Court, First District.