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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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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Civil Rights: 10%
  4. Defective Products: 10%
  5. Car Accident: 10%



Hourly ($250-450/hour), contingent (33%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Office of Christopher M. Kennedy, P.C.

668 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL, 60045-5317


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Scribes Legal Writing AwardSociety of American Legal Writers1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKennedy Pierson & Strachan, LLP2004 - Present
N/Aprivate law firm1998 - 2004
Assistant State's Attorney (prosecutor)Lake County (Illinois) State's Attorney's Office1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Supreme Court BarMember2008 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Carris v. Marriott InternationalWon before lower court and Seventh Circuit
Lane v. American Bridge Co.Won jury trial and won on appeal.
Savaya v. Crownline BoatsWon jury trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
John Marshall Law ReviewIs there a 27th Amendment? The unconstitutionality of a 203-year-old amendment to the U.S. ConstitutionN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
State University of New York, BinghamtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lake County Bar Association, Civil Trial and Appeals CommitteeGetting to your opponent's insurance policy: A review of recent developments involving plaintiffs' pursuit of defendants' insurers in Illinois2010
DuPage County Chiefs of Police AssociationPublic safety and liability issues for police officers concerning persons with autism and developmental disabilities2010
Continuing Medical EducationContinuing Medical Education: Autism law and legislation2010
Wheaton Community ForumThe New Illinois Autism Insurance Law2009
Case Management DepartmentInterpreting and Utilizing Background Searches2008
State Level Challenges and OpportunitiesLobbying on behalf of persons with autism and other disabilities2007
Chicago Southside Autism Chapter Spring FlingAutism Hero Award2007
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland ParkHealth insurance issues2006