Christopher M. Kennedy is a former prosecutor who concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, and business matters. Chris has extensive experience handling large, complex cases involving catastrophic personal injuries.
Chris has successfully represented clients in construction accidents, auto and trucking accidents, products liability, premises liability, contract disputes, injunctions, and many different cases. Chris has tried cases requiring extensive investigation and knowledge of such diverse fields as high-rise construction, brain injuries, quadriplegia, complex industrial machines, motor vehicles, knee injuries, fractures, recreational watercraft, hand tools, and other consumer goods.
Chris has a long track record of obtaining favorable verdicts and settlements for his clients. Chris has tried innumerable jury and bench trials, arbitrations and mediations. Chris also serves as an arbitrator for the Cook and Lake County Mandatory Arbitration Programs in Illinois. Chris has successfully pursued and defended appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (federal) and the 1st and 2nd Districts of the Illinois Appellate Court. Chris gained trial experience early in his career as a prosecutor with the State’s Attorney’s Office of Lake County, Illinois, where he successfully tried and convicted offenders in a wide range of cases, from traffic offenses to violent felonies.
In law school, Chris was an editor and member of the Law Review, a member of the Law Review Executive Board, Moot Court team participant, and published an award-winning research paper. Chris was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and won the Scribes Award for the best student publication. Chris also completed internships with the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago, a judge of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, and the judges of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in Lake County, Illinois.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Scribes Legal Writing Award||Society of American Legal Writers||1993|
|Partner||Kennedy Pierson & Strachan, LLP||2004 - Present|
|N/A||private law firm||1998 - 2004|
|Assistant State's Attorney (prosecutor)||Lake County (Illinois) State's Attorney's Office||1994 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Lake County Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Carris v. Marriott International||Won before lower court and Seventh Circuit|
|Lane v. American Bridge Co.||Won jury trial and won on appeal.|
|Savaya v. Crownline Boats||Won jury trial|
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|John Marshall Law Review||Is there a 27th Amendment? The unconstitutionality of a 203-year-old amendment to the U.S. Constitution||N/A|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|State University of New York, Binghamton||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Lake County Bar Association, Civil Trial and Appeals Committee||Getting to your opponent's insurance policy: A review of recent developments involving plaintiffs' pursuit of defendants' insurers in Illinois||2010|
|DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association||Public safety and liability issues for police officers concerning persons with autism and developmental disabilities||2010|
|Continuing Medical Education||Continuing Medical Education: Autism law and legislation||2010|
|Wheaton Community Forum||The New Illinois Autism Insurance Law||2009|
|Case Management Department||Interpreting and Utilizing Background Searches||2008|
|State Level Challenges and Opportunities||Lobbying on behalf of persons with autism and other disabilities||2007|
|Chicago Southside Autism Chapter Spring Fling||Autism Hero Award||2007|
|North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park||Health insurance issues||2006|