As a trial lawyer, I have always been willing to "fight the good fight" for my clients when the cause and client's circumstances made it the right thing to do-- even when the odds were stacked against us. Following that simple principle has allowed me to spend the last 19 years assisting clients in resolving what I hope are the most significant legal problems they will ever have to face.
Among other things, that principle has given me the privilege of spending much of my time the last several years representing deaf and hearing impaired individuals around the U.S. in product liability lawsuits against the world's leading cochlear implant manufacturer, Cochlear Limited, and its U.S. subsidiary, Cochlear Americas. No law firms in the U.S. have filed as many product liability lawsuits against Cochlear Limited and Cochlear Americas concerning the now recalled Cochlear Nucleus CI512 cochlear implant as my firm and my colleague Scott Morgan's law firm have filed as a team. In addition to this medical device litigation, we are also now representing individuals that have suffered devastating injuries as a result of prescription testosterone replacement drugs such as AndroGel, and have filed some of the earliest lawsuits on these issues in the United States.
Earlier in my career, I was able to represent homeowners across Florida in suing their insurance companies, after the insurance policies' promises were forgotten as soon as the hurricane came ashore. In a similar theme, I am now representing Central Illinois homeowners concerning their insurance claims following a devastating F4 tornado that struck in November 2013.
I knew from an early age that I wanted to become a trial lawyer. I attended law school in Washington, D.C., at American University, where I earned my J.D. in 1994. Prior to that, I graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Economics in 1990. I grew up in the Mississippi River town of Clinton, Iowa.
I was admitted to the Florida Supreme Court Bar in 1994, and the Illinois Supreme Court Bar in 1995. I have been a member of the trial bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois since 1998. When I am not spending my time outside of the courthouse with my wife and two daughters, I can often be found engaged in an altogether different type of conflict resolution process-- refereeing soccer.
I am admitted to practice law in the following jurisdictions:
U.S. Court of Appeals- 7th Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court for N.D. Illinois
U.S. Dist. Court for C.D. Illinois
U.S. Dist. Court for E.D. Wisconsin
U.S. Dist. Court for S.D. Florida
U.S. Dist. Court for Colorado
I have also been admitted to practice law in connection with specific lawsuits (pro hac vice) in the following jurisdictions:
U.S. Dist. Court S.D. Illinois
U.S. Dist. Court Arizona
U.S. Dist. Court E.D. Kentucky
U.S. Dist. Court S.D. Alabama
U.S. Dist. Court W.D. Louisiana
U.S. Dist. Court M.D. Tennessee
U.S. Dist. Court N.D. Georgia
U.S. Dist. Court W.D. Oklahoma
J.D., American University, 1994
B.S., University of Iowa, 1990
Castillo v. State Farm Florida Ins. Co., 971 So.2d 820 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
Aponte v. City of Chicago, 728 F. 3d 724 (7th Cir. 2013)
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