| Practice Description: Mr. Kopon has extensive trial experience in representing corporations and organizations in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. His trial experience includes the defense of employers in employment law cases, and the representation of colleges, universities and religious orders in many different types of cases; his health care experience involves the representation of nursing homes and long term care facilities for the developmentally disabled.|
Notable Cases and Results: RECENT CASES (1.)Estate of Eric Morse, et. al. v. The Chicago Housing Authority, et. al.(2001) A seven week trial involving the death of a 5 year old boy thrown from the 14th floor of a vacant CHA apartment. After 5 days of deliberations the jury was deadlocked 10-2 for the defendants. Andy Kopon represented the CHA. (2.)Clay v. Kuhl, Illinois Supreme Court Case 2000, established the defense of the statute of limitations for organizations where child sexual abuse has been alleged. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the defendant and reversed the lower court without remand.
Bar Admissions: State of Illinois, 1980; Federal Trial Bar, 1982; State of New Jersey, 1982.
Date of Birth: 1954
Law School: The John Marshall School of Law, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement: Graduate With Distinction; Law Review.
Undergraduate School: Providence College
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Pi Sigma Alpha (National Honor Society for Political Science).
Representative Clients: The Christian Brothers Risk Pooling Trust (National Counsel), Black & Decker, Universal Underwriters Group, Ondeo Nalco Chemical Company, DePaul University, Hayes Lemmerz.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement: International Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADC); Past Chairperson, Product Libilty Committee, IADC; Faculty Member, IADC Trial Academy, 2003; Past Faculty Member, Illinois Defense Counsel Trial Academy.
Published Legal Writing: Challenging Expert Witness Testimony, Lexis 2000, Editor and Chapter Author.
Firm Description: Kopon Airdo, LLC is dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality, responsive legal representation. Kopon Airdo, LLC is an AV rated law firm specializing in the areas of complex civil litigation, including employment law, construction disputes, product liability, insurance coverage and general tort defense. The firm boasts a broad range of experience in successfully representing commercial businesses and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of matters that are headed toward, or are already in, litigation.