Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, OH
Juris Doctor, May 2004
University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI
Bachelor of Arts: International Relations and Political Science, May 2000
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
State of Illinois, November 2004
State of Wisconsin, September 2009
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, January 2005
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, October 2008
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, August 2014
United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, February 2010
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois, June 2014
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, November 2014
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, September 2011
United States Supreme Court, October 2013
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Ohio, Texas, Indiana, Michigan and DC state courts
PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
Chair, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Professional Responsibility Committee (2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 years)
Founding Chair, American Association for Justice Professional Liability Litigation Group (2012-present).
PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS
Book titled “Risk Management for the Plaintiff’s Attorney,” AAJ Press (forthcoming).
Hinshaw & Culbertson 2020 LMRM Conference: Successful Mediation Strategies (Chicago, March 2020).
APEX CLE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues for Attorneys and Clients (Chicago, September 2019).
Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Illinois Professional Responsibility MCLE Marathon 2019 (Chicago, April 2019).
American Association for Justice Winter Convention: Four Hot Spots to Avoid Legal Malpractice (Miami, FL, February 2019).
Chicago Bar Association: Practical and Ethical Considerations of Litigation Funding (Chicago, IL, December 2018).
Chicago Bar Association: The Interplay Between the Rules of Professional Conduct and Malpractice Claims (YLS Professional Responsibility Committee) (Chicago, IL, October 2018).
APEX CLE: Avoiding the Malpractice Claim (Arlington Heights, IL, October 2018).
American Association for Justice Annual Convention: Risk Management for the Plaintiff’s Attorney (Denver, CO, July 2018).
National Academy of Continuing Legal Education: Ethical Tips for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners (Chicago, February 2018).
Attorney’s Retaining Liens: Know Your Rights But Assert Then Cautiously (Volume 20, Number 1, Winter 2018 Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association).
Seven Tips for Client Communications, AAJ Trial Magazine (July 2017).
Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee: Avoiding the Dreaded Legal Malpractice Claim (Chicago, May 2017).
Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Illinois Professional Responsibility MCLE Marathon 2017 (Chicago, April 2017).
National Academy of Continuing Legal Education: Ethics 2017 (6.0 credit hours of ethics presentation) (Chicago, February 2017).
American Association for Justice Winter Seminar: Avoiding a Legal Malpractice Claim (Austin, Texas, February 2017).
Demystifying the Law School Application Process, UIC Pre-Law Society (Chicago, September 2016).
Malpractice Risk Seminar: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Win My Cases (Chicago, January 2016).
Avoiding Malpractice: 10 Tips for Supervisory Attorneys, AAJ Trial Magazine (October 2015).
American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Ethics Conference Panelist (Chicago, May 2015).
Professional Liability Dispute Resolution, NBI Seminars (December 2014).
No Good Mental Note: Keys to Progressing, AAJ Trial Lawyer Magazine (Summer Edition).
Attorneys, The Internet, & Hate Speech: An Argument for an Amended Model Rule 8.4, Seattle Journal for Social Justice (Summer 2014 issue).
Avoidance of the Dreaded Legal Malpractice Claim, American Association for Justice Annual Convention (Washington, D.C., July 2014).
Streamlining Client Representation: Leveraging new business structures, Law Bulletin Seminars (Chicago, June 2014).
Contributing Editor, Inside Counsel Magazine (2014).
So You Want to File a Legal Malpractice Case? American Association for Justice Annual Convention (Chicago, June 2012).
View from the Plaintiff’s Bar: Adapting Your Claims and Litigation Strategies to New and Innovative Theories Being Brought by Your Adversaries, ACI/LPL Legal Malpractice Conference (New York, May 2012).
A Practical Due Diligence Checklist on Preventing the Most Common Attorneys Errors in Civil Litigation, ACI/LPL Legal Malpractice Conference (New York, May 2012).
Ethical Considerations Related to Modern Technology, Chicago Bar Association YLS Professional Responsibility Committee (Chicago, September 2010).
“Rules 1.3 and 1.4 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct,” Half Moon Seminar (Chicago, October, 2006).
Moderator: Chicago Bar Association Seminars on Rules of Professional Conduct (December, 2009, June, 2010, December 2010, June 2011, December 2011, and June 2012).
Moderator: Chicago Bar Association Seminar-State of the Profession (December 2012)
Quoted/Cited in the following publications: ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Law 360, Reuters, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Crain’s Chicago Business.
Bachewicz v. Preferred Development Inc. (Cook County, Illinois) (2014) (For Plaintiff)
Michelle Beauty Supply v. Citilaw, LLC et al. (Cook County, Illinois) (2015) (For Defendant)
Alice Wood v. John J. Lynch, P.C. (Cook County, Illinois) (2015) (For Plaintiff)
Joel Jungmann v. Phil Dahlberg et al. (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin) (2015) (For Plaintiff)
Darlene Kopta v. Law Offices of Jerry A. Schulman (Cook County, Illinois) (2016) (For Defendant)
Nick Cortese v. Russell Bohach (Racine County, Wisconsin) (2018) (For Plaintiff)
Camelion Battery Co., Ltd. v. Bertrand Law Office, PC (Cook County, Illinois) (2019) (For Plaintiff)
Secura Insurance v. Patriot Gaming & Electronics (2019) (For Defendant)
PUBLISHED DECISIONS (NOT INCLUDING RULE 23 OPINIONS)
Pippen v. NBC Universal Media et al., 734 F.3d 610 (7thCir. 2013)
Harmon v. Gordon et al., 712 F.3d 1044 (7thCir. 2013)
Huang v. Brenson et al., 7 N.E.2d 729 (1stDist. 2014)
Rosenberger v. United Community Bancshares, 2017 Il. App. (1st) 161102
National Association of Legal Fee Analysis Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees (March 2017)
National Association of Legal Fee Analysis Senior Fellow (February 2018).
VOLUNTEER/PRO BONO EXPERIENCE
University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Admissions Ambassador (2015-Present)
Volunteer attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (2005-Present)
Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee (2009-Present)
American Association for Justice AAJ Press Advisory Board (Present)
American Association for Justice Law Schools Committee (2012-2018)
American Association for Justice NLD Education Committee (2012-2018)
American Association for Justice End Distracted Driving (www.EndDD.org) speaker (Present)
Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Recruiting Coordinator (2011-2015)
Regional Coordinator American Association for Justice STAC Program (2013, 2014)
Brief grader for Chicago Bar Association moot court competition (2006)
Chicago Bar Association e-mentoring program mentor (2006-2007, 2012)
Founding Member of The Auge-Katz Family Foundation (benefitting victims of auto accidents who cannot pay for their medical care)
Founding Member of The Up Foundation (benefits Autism Speaks and Children’s Heart Foundation)
Board Member Bright Star Church (Chicago, Illinois)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
SuperLawyers Rising Stars List 2013-2019 (Professional Responsibility)
SuperLawyers 2020 (Professional Responsibility)
Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer 2015-2016
Leading Lawyer 2017-2019 (Professional Malpractice Plaintiff and Defense; Commercial Litigation; Plaintiff Personal Injury and Plaintiff Products Liability)
American Association for Justice Trial Lawyers Care Award 2014 and 2017 (Finalist)
American Association for Justice New Lawyer Division Advocate Certification
REPRESENTATIVE CURRENT AND FORMER CLIENTS
Scottie Pippen (NBA Player)
Peter Francis Geraci
Ben Gordon (NBA Player)
Yates Hair Science
Free Green Can
Pancho’s Mexican Foods
Oak Brook Bank (n/k/a MB Financial Bank)
Spending time with my family, including my wife (Kaisa) who I have been together with since college at the University of Wisconsin and my two children (ages 10 and 7)
Competitive swimming (All-State swimmer in high school and played water polo at the University of Wisconsin)
Non-Fiction reading, including international relations and economic theory
Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.4 and 1.5