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   3James F. BestChicago(312) 819-1100Jbest@Bestfirm.comJbest@Bestfirm.comBest Vanderlaan & Harringtonwww.bestfirm.comwww.bestfirm.combestjames.jpgCommercial LitigationInsurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance LawMedical Malpractice Defense LawPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralTransportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime
James F.
Best Vanderlaan & Harrington
25 E Washington St Ste 800
Chicago IL 60602-1749
Ph.(312) 819-1100 Fx.(312) 819-8062Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Commercial Litigation
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
Medical Malpractice Defense Law
Personal Injury Defense Law: General
Transportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Best is an active trial lawyer with the firm. Over his 30 years of practice, he has tried to verdict numerous multi-party and complex cases, including five fatality cases and four serious brain damage cases in recent years. He is also coverage counsel for a number of the firm's clients.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Bar
United States District Court; Central, Northern and Southern Districts
United States Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court

Hourly Rate:  Variable

Year of Birth:  1949

Law School:  Drake University,JD

Representative Clients:  
AAA, Assisted Housing Risk Management Association, Auffenberg Dealer Group, Cannon Cochoran Management Services, Inc., EMC Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Company, Grossinger Auto Group, HARTCO, Heritage Cadillac, Homer Township, Illinois Casualty Company, Joliet Steel &Construction, Liberty Mutual, Lloyds of London, O'Brien Automotive Group, Orland Toyota, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, RLI, Packer Engineering, Ranger Enterprises, Safeco Insurance Company, SUA, Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association, Unitrin Property & Casualty Company, Zurich

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago Bar Association
DuPage Bar Association
Kane County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Defense Counsel
Chicago Claims Manager Association
Executive Enterprises
Civil Practice Committee, Chairman, three terms
Certified arbitration chairman

Published Legal Writing:  
Mr. Best has contributed articles and spoken before numerous groups, including the Chicago Bar Association, DuPage Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Defense Counsel, Chicago Claims Manager Association and Executive Enterprises, along with many of his clients.

Firm Description:  
Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington concentrates in various types of litigation including all types of tort litigation, commercial litigation, employment law, toxic torts, municipal law, medical malpractice, liquor liability and professional negligence. Further, for a number of its clients, the firm handles first party property and bad faith claims and also serves as coverage counsel. The firm's partners have tried to verdict numerous multi-party and complex cases, including many fatality and serious injury cases as well as various employment related cases in recent years. Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington also handles all case appeals, in both state and federal court.

Married, three daughters

Additional Office Locations:  Wheaton, Joliet and Rockford

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