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Mr. Barrett has practiced law since 1976 and is a past member of the firm's Executive Committee. He has been affiliated with Cassiday Schade LLP since 1980; his primary focus has been the trial of a wide variety of civil lawsuits. He has served as first chair for more than 60 jury cases, with excellent results.
Mr. Barrett is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame and attended Georgetown Law School. He has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including complex discovery and developing trial strategy in a variety of practice areas, including medical malpractice, product liability, construction law and commercial litigation. Mr. Barrett's litigation experience also includes appellate review. He has briefed and argued multiple cases in the appellate courts.
Mr. Barrett frequently lectures to clients and professional groups to assist in risk management in their respective fields. He has addressed dental societies, attorneys, therapists and social workers specializing in child abuse. He has presented to the Midwest Professional Conference in Jackson Hole, Wy., has been an invited lecturer and faculty member for the DuPage County Bar Association's four-week trial preparation course and has acted as a special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. Mr. Barrett recently presented a seminar at CNA's Denver offices on spoliation of evidence. In November 2010, he presented on topics of medical records and special records at a seminar sponsored by Lohrman.
Mr. Barrett has written on various topics, including an article in the Journal of American Medical Record Association discussing the potential liability of hospitals: "Apparent Agency: How Can Hospitals Combat the Appearance?" He has been published in the DuPage County Bar Association Journal on the statutory and common law trends in governing the physician-patient privilege.
Mr. Barrett received an AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized annually by Super Lawyers since 2007 for personal injury defense, medical malpractice and construction litigation. Mr. Barrett was also selected in 2014 as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of civil appellate law, medical malpractice defense law, personal injury defense law and products liability defense law.
Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
American Bar Association
Date of Birth: 1951
Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame, B.S.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: magna cum laude
Bar/Professional Association Involvement: Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
Community Involvement: Board of Directors, Friends of Bell School, Chicago
Speaker, Medical Records Law in Illinois, Rockford, IL, April 2013
Speaker, How to Prevent and Control the Outcomes of Injuries in Youth Rugby, January 2013
Speaker, Loss Prevention and Risk Management for Liability in Contact Sports, January 2010
Speaker, Medical Records Law in Illinois, Chicago, April 2006
Speaker, Management of Medical Records in Illinois, November 2005
Cassiday Schade LLP is a law firm sought after for its attorneys' trial experience and case preparation acumen. With experience in virtually all areas of civil litigation, it has a diverse client base, representing corporations from a variety of industries including health and long-term care; insurance, financial services, manufacturing, construction, professional services and transportation. The firm takes pride in working with its clients, and not just for them. This results in a mutual understanding of client needs in terms of cost and litigation philosophy.
The firm's attorneys handle lawsuits throughout the Midwest and act as national or regional counsel for clients facing nationwide exposures. In addition to trial and appellate work, Cassiday Schade attorneys are often retained before litigation arises so that risks can be analyzed and prevented.
Analysis of a client's needs is the basis for determining how best to proceed in a given matter -- this is what Cassiday Schade delivers. In many situations, this may mean aggressive preparation for trial. In others, it may involve seeking an early resolution through alternative means, such as mediation or arbitration. Ultimately, clients receive the benefit of having their matters handled with maximum efficiency because the firm's lawyers listen to their needs and concerns and act accordingly.
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