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Punitive Damages in Illinois

The program will cover the requirements and factors considered when Illinois plaintiffs seek punitive damages in state and federal court, practice tips with regard to pleadings, discovery and trial strategies for minimizing the likelihood or amount of punitive damages awards, and recent trends in jury verdicts in cases in which plaintiffs have sought punitive damages. The final segment will cover perspectives from the bench.

When: Thursday, December 13, 2017
11:45 AM
Where: Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
33 W. Monroe Street
Ste 2700
Chicago, Illinois  60603
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf

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Who Should Attend?

All Illinois attorneys handling civil actions with the potential for punitive damages will benefit from this program.


This seminar will be presented live at the offices of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., 33 W. Monroe Street, Ste 2700, Chicago AND via webinar. Please indicate on your registration if you will attend in person or via webinar.


11:45 a.m.

Registration & Light Lunch

12:00 - 12:20 p.m. Pleadings | Presented by: Bradley C. Nahrstadt, Lipe, Lyons, Murphy, Nahrstadt & Pontikis, Ltd.
12:20 - 12:40 p.m. Discovery | Presented by: Noel L. Smith, HeplerBroom, LLC

12:40 - 1:00 p.m. Trial/Post-Trial | Presented by: Jeffrey E. Kehl, Bryce Downey & Lenkiv, LLC
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Perspectives from the Bench; Current Trends in Punitive Damages | Presented by: Hon. William E. Gomolinski, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division
1:20 - 1:30 p.m. Question & Answer / Open Discussion


Featured Speakers

Hon. William E. Gomolinski has been a judge since 2007 and is currently assigned to the Circuit Court of Cook County – Law Division (Motion Call) where he presides over 1,500 active files for case management and rules daily on contested motions ranging from summary judgment to discovery issues in the largest unified court system in the nation. Prior to his judicial service he was the litigation and managing partner in a four-attorney law firm representing client interests in civil litigation and consumer rights, culminating in numerous jury and bench trials or evidentiary hearings. He graduated from the John Marshall Law School in 1986 and from Loyola University in 1981 with a double major in finance and public accounting. He was a licensed stationary engineer and a licensed real estate broker for over 20 years. Judge Gomolinski is a frequent speaker, lecturer, author and participant in community, bar and legal associations.
Jeffery E. Kehl of Bryce, Downey & Lenkov, LLC in Chicago, handles litigation and appeals in areas of transportation, municipal liability, school law, premises liability, product liability, and construction liability. He represents construction companies, governmental agencies, manufacturers, national trucking companies, railroads, and air transportation companies in catastrophic death and personal injury cases. He has appeared before appellate courts in Illinois, Indiana, and the Seventh Circuit on numerous occasions. He has also appeared before the United States Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Bradley C. Nahrstadt is a partner and one of the founding members of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd., a thirteen lawyer defense firm located in Chicago, Illinois. He focuses his practice on defending product liability, professional liability, premises liability and commercial matters in state and federal courts around the country. Brad has been an active member of the Board of Directors of the IDC since 2008 and currently serves as the President-Elect of the IDC. He is a member of The American Law Institute, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court, the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, the Defense Research Institute, the Illinois State Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is "AV Preeminent" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the fields of product liability and medical malpractice defense every year since 2008.

Noel L. Smith, Jr. is a partner of HeplerBroom, LLC, which specializes in litigation with a primary emphasis on litigation defense. Mr. Smith focus his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters including toxic torts, product liability and personal injury. He has tried cases to verdict in both Illinois and Missouri. He earned his J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Smith is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois.  

CLE Credit

The IDC has also been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit for this program in the state of Illinois. We will apply for the following CLE credit in other states:

  • Indiana 1.5 CLE; 0.0 Professionalism
  • Iowa 1.5 CLE; 0.0 Professionalism
  • Missouri 1.8. CLE; 0.0 Professionalism
  • Wisconsin 1.8 CLE; 0.0 Professionalism

Seminar Fees

Registration for this event is COMPLIMENTARY for IDC members. Registration for non-member is $25. Registration includes a light lunch and CLE credit.

Justification Letter

Need approval from firm leadership to help pay/offset your expense for attending the Punitive Damages Seminar? If so, follow this link to view a Justification Letter template for you to use when making the request to your firm. 

Thank you!

We would like to thank Johnson & Bell, Ltd. for so graciously hosting this event.


Phone: 800-232-0169, Fax: 866-230-4415


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