Firm News

Commercial and Banking Litigation

The Firm obtained a six-figure judgment in federal court for its client, a specialty online retailer, after one of the retailer’s main competitors unlawfully used its copyrighted material. This six-figure judgment represents the latest in a string of recoveries for the Firm’s client, which faces pervasive misuse of its intellectual property.

The Firm continues to facilitate business relationships between local real estate investors and community banks. This month, the Firm was successful in closing on multiple commercial investment properties for our clients.

The Firm’s Commercial Litigation Team won a decisive victory for one of its business clients in a fiercely contested landlord-tenant dispute. The Firm was able to demonstrate, at trial, that the tenant had fully complied with the terms of the lease and was entitled to remain in possession of the premises, and the Judge agreed. This victory allows the thriving business to continue to operate, providing jobs to its employees and service to the community.

DuPage County Bar Association Speaking Engagement

John Risvold will speak to the DuPage County Bar Association on September 19th about how to select the best nursing home for your client, family or loved one. He will focus on educating attorneys on how to identify the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, how to tell a good nursing home from a bad one, and what steps attorneys can take to ensure that the rights of nursing home residents are protected.

Leading Lawyers for 2018

Two of The Collins Law Firm’s partners have been named as Illinois Leading Lawyers for 2018. Shawn Collins has been named a Leading Lawyer in environmental law, class action/mass torts plaintiff law and commercial litigation. Robert Dawidiuk has been named a Leading Lawyer in commercial litigation, and banking & financial institutions law. Leading Lawyer designation is received by less than 5% of lawyers in each state. Attorneys who receive this recognition have been recommended by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS in their areas of practice.

Personal Injury Recoveries

This month the Firm resolved three cases on behalf of car crash clients for the total policy limits. All three were settled while in the middle of litigating the cases. After taking depositions of the parties and establishing the clear fault and the severity of our clients' injuries, the insurance companies all agreed to turn over the full policy limits in order to settle these cases.

The Firm also resolved a wrongful death case involving allegations of premises liability and negligence. The case was settled after expert discovery for a confidential amount.

Commercial and Banking Litigation

The Firm was recently successful at trial in a case involving a dispute over real estate. Our client was wrongfully sued as a party to a real estate contract. All attempts at resolution failed, necessitating the trial, where we prevailed. The Firm also expects to get full reimbursement of our client's defense costs based upon the fee shifting provision contained in the real estate contract.

Personal Injury Investigations

The Firm is currently investigating several potential wrongful death, medical malpractice claims involving the failure to diagnose life threatening conditions

Personal Injury Recoveries

The Firm recovered a six figure settlement for a mother and daughter who were injured in an intersection auto accident in Naperville. The collision took place when the defendant driver made a left turn in front of our clients’ vehicle. The case was pending in Will County and was resolved in less than a year.

Commercial and Banking Litigation

The Firm obtained a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of a defendant alleged to owe $500,000 on a fully executed note. The Firm also closed on $6,000,000 in loan documents on behalf of local lender clients for commercial real estate development.

Associate Attorney – Lindsey Purdy – Receives Award

On June 6, 2018, the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section honored Collins Law Firm Associate Lindsey Purdy with the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service for the 2017 – 2018 Bar Year. Over the past bar year, Purdy and her fellow Committee Chairs have promoted dialogue among Business Lawyers in Chicago by offering outstanding educational seminars on a variety of topics important to the profession on everything from regulation of cryptocurrencies to real estate transactions. The committee’s annual seminar by in-house counsel covered a variety of business law topics and included counsel from Walgreens, Boeing, Archer Daniels Midland, PepsiCo and RR Donnelly.

More Press Coverage for Family's Lawsuit Against Chaddock

Local press coverage of our most recent lawsuit. In this case, The Collins Law Firm is representing the family of a developmentally disabled teenage girl who was sexually assaulted after being led away from Chaddock, a supposedly secure facility in Quincy, IL. The family is suing Chaddock for emotional distress and negligent supervision.

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Naperville Attorneys Named Super Lawyers For 2018

Attorneys Jeffrey Cisowski, Shawn Collins, Edward Manzke, John Risvold and John Sopuch III of The Collins Law Firm were named to this year's Super Lawyers list.

The Collins Law Firm based in Naperville, Illinois, is pleased to announce the following attorneys have been included in the 2018 Super Lawyers list for Illinois. This honor is only granted to the top five percent of lawyers in the state based on performance and peer recognition. Attorneys are selected from over70 recognized practice areas after a rigorous selection process conducted through independent investigation, peer nomination and evaluation. Selections are made on an annual basis.

Jeffrey Cisowski represents bankers, finance clients and commercial litigation cases. He graduated summa cum laude with majors in finance, economics and German from North Central College in Naperville. Jeff was involved in many activities, but his passion for finance led him to volunteer for World Relief and teach classes in financial literacy. Jeff went on to earn his J.D. and graduate with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While at Chicago-Kent, Jeff was recognized as the highest performer for legal writing and research, Trial Advocacy and other key areas of litigation and won the CALI Award. Jeff focuses his law practice on representing banks, manufacturers and other types of businesses.

Shawn Collins is a founding partner of The Collins Law Firm who represents environmental, personal injury and business clients in complex litigation. Shawn graduated summa cum laude with majors in business and accounting from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He earned a J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School in 1986. Since then, he has earned a reputation as an accomplished trial lawyer. Shawn was recognized by The American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial attorneys in America from 2005 through 2018. He was named by his peers as a "Leading Lawyer" in Illinois, an honor only offered to five percent of the lawyers in the state. Shawn has been included on the Super Lawyers list from 2005 to present, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award by America's Top 100 Attorneys for Illinois. Fewer than 0.05 percent of attorneys achieve this top designation.

Edward Manzke is an accomplished trial attorney who represents personal injury and wrongful death clients. He graduated with an economics degree from the University of Illinois, and earned a law degree from the University as well. Ed has a reputation for securing compensation for personal injury clients, and has been an expert witness in environmental contamination cases. He has tried cases before the Illinois state courts, Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court and federal courts across the United States. Ed has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" in Illinois for 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. His cases have been reported upon by prominent news organizations, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and MSNBC.

John Risvold represents personal injury, medical malpractice, environmental injury and wrongful death clients. He graduated from the University of Missouri and attended the University of Missouri School of Law, graduating with the prestigious Order of Barristers. This distinction is only awarded to the top 10 trial lawyers in each class. During law school, John was additionally recognized for his trial ability with the R. David Ray Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award and CALI Award for the best Trial Advocate. After graduation, he gained experience representing both the defense and plaintiff before joining The Collins Law Firm. In 2017, John was named to the Super Lawyers Rising Star List for Illinois. This honor is only bestowed upon 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 in any given year.

John Sopuch III serves Of Counsel at The Collin Law Firm and represents clients in business litigation and commercial dispute resolution. John studied English and history at the University of Texas and graduated with a legal degree from Pepperdine University in California. Accomplished in law school, he was a member of the Law Review, wrote for The Law Review's California Supreme Court Survey and was named as a Dean's Merit Scholar. John became the youngest partner at the firm of Bickel & Brewer in Chicago, leaving in 1997 to start his own law firm - Soupuch Annett Higgens & Gaubert. John was appointed in 1999 and 2001 as a Special Assistant Attorney General to assist the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue with several cases, and settled over 10 million dollars worth of complex litigation. In 2005, he transitioned to the Hawaii law firm of Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fischer and settled one of the highest wrongful death suits in Hawaii.

About The Collins Law Firm, P.C.

The Collins Law Firm, P.C., in Naperville, Illinois, was named a "Best Law Firm" for 2017 by U.S. News and World Report. The firm has won over $100 million in settlements for its clients with environmental law, personal injury and business litigation cases. The Collins Law Firm has been featured in the news time and again for its work fighting contamination cases and against other powerful interests.

The firm represents individuals and businesses in Cook, DuPage and Will counties as well as clients throughout Illinois. Call them at 630-687-9838 or email the firm to schedule a free consultation. When you need someone to fight for your interests, they will be there for you.

Norman Berger Joins the Collins Law Firm as Of Counsel

After serving as co-counsel to The Collins Law Firm in many ground-breaking environmental cases over the last 18 years, Norman Berger has joined the Firm as of counsel, where he will help lead the Firm's efforts to demand clean up and financial compensation for the families they represent who have been put in harms' way by dangerous chemical contamination.

Norm's long track record in this area is extraordinary:

He has been litigating environmental cases for over 30 years, beginning with his work as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois enforcing environmental laws in the 1980's. He participated in many of the major Superfund cases in the Midwest during the early years of Superfund enforcement in the late 80's and early 90's. He tried one of the first Superfund private cost recovery cases in federal court, and has since been involved in litigating environmental cases under the federal Superfund statute, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and many State statutes nationwide. For the last 18 years, together with The Collins Law Firm, Norman has represented individuals and families whose homes have been contaminated by industrial pollution, resulting in diminished property values, property damage and serious health issues. Their efforts in this area have resulted in remedies ranging from mandatory property cleanup to the provision of clean water supplies to monetary reimbursement for property damage and medical expenses in excess of $65 million. This includes negotiating a $7.2 million settlement in a toxic tort case for a client whose childhood exposure to chemicals caused cancer.

Shawn Collins, founder and partner at The Collins Law Firm welcomed Berger by saying: "We are really lucky to have Norm join us. He's a great lawyer, with a rare combination of technical ability and passion for helping the families for whom we work. The cases are difficult, and the stakes are as high as they could be. The peace and safety of our clients' homes, and their children's health, are often on the line, as we battle some of the world's largest companies, who are represented by some of the best lawyers, from the largest law firms. But Norm is more than up to the challenge, and I can't imagine anyone I'd rather go into these important battles with."

Norman also serves a current member and past chairman of the Dean's Advisory Council at DePaul University College of Law, has served as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and was a founding participant in the Pro Bono Committee for Representation of Indigent Defendants.

Norman was honored with the Outstanding Service to DePaul University Award in 2013 for his efforts on behalf of the University, and has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers every year since its inception, from 2005-2017.

Shawn's Lifetime Achievement award

The Collins Law Firm would like to congratulate founder and partner, Shawn Collins, for being nominated for a Lifetime Achievement honor as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys for Illinois. Less than one half percent of attorneys in the United States will receive this prestigious award. Shawn will join an elite list of nationally recognized lawyers from around the country, which includes many current and former presidents of major bar associations and attorney groups, and some of the best lawyers in Illinois. Only 100 attorneys in a state can hold the lifetime achievement award, and they are selected through a rigorous process.

Candidates for membership as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys are initially nominated by elite peers or identified through third party research. Nominees must then pass through a multi-phase screening process that includes more third party research and a complex analysis that includes an attorney’s lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, case results and verdicts, peer reputation, client satisfaction, other honors and community impact, before being selected.

Shawn is honored to be included among the elite lawyers who have accepted a lifetime Achievement honor as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys. As Shawn says: "My selection as a Top 100 Attorney is a great honor, of course, but one that must be shared with my wife and daughters, law partners, associates, and staff, as nothing I have accomplished as a lawyer would have been possible without their support and professionalism."

An outstanding trial attorney, Shawn has extensive experience in high stakes litigation in environmental, toxic tort, personal injury and commercial law. Many of his cases are against some of the biggest corporations in the world, and he thrives on "David versus Goliath" legal battles and never backs down from a fight. As a result, Mr. Collins and his law firm have recovered in excess of $415 million for his clients in their practice.