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   3Edward J. McCambridgeChicago(312) 645-7803emccambridge@smsm.comemccambridge@smsm.comSegal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltdwww.smsm.comwww.smsm.commccambridgeed.jpgPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense LawToxic Torts Defense Law
Edward J. McCambridgeemccambridge@smsm.com
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltdhttp://www.smsm.com
233 S Wacker Dr Ste 5500
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 645-7803 Fx.(312) 645-7711
Recommended by peers in:
Personal Injury Defense Law: General
Products Liability Defense Law
Toxic Torts Defense Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
A trial lawyer's true value rests on how jurors think of him. In post-trial juror interviews completed by a well-known jury consultant service, jurors awarded Edward J. McCambridge an average grade of A or A+ following two separate court cases. Highly respected by judges as well jurors, Mr. McCambridge was appointed by the Circuit Court of Cook County as liaison officer and lead counsel for all of the asbestos defense litigation pending in Cook County. He is also the chairman and president of the Chicago Asbestos Defense Group. His legal skills are so highly regarded that the 60,000 attorneys in Sullivan's Law Directory voted him a Leading Lawyer, an honor only given to the top five percent of attorneys in Illinois, and he has also been recognized by Thomson-Reuters' Super Lawyers® in products liability defense and environmental law. Additionally, he has been listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in American Business, and he holds a 5.0 out of 5 AV® rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. McCambridge focuses his practice on complex tort litigation, in particular toxic tort and products liability actions, and he has extensive trial experience in products liability, automobile, premises, and sports liability litigation. He is a member of the Union League Club and has been active on the Village of Brookfield government board.


Notable Cases and Results:  
    • Nolan v. Weil-McLain - Represented Weil-McLain at trial and through appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court in perhaps the most significant decision in Illinois asbestos litigation history, wherein the court specifically overruled those cases that expanded the "Lipke rule" to prevent a defendant at trial from introducing evidence of other exposures to advance a causation defense.
    • White v. Garlock - Obtained defense verdict in an asbestos trial in McLean County, Illinois in which plaintiff claimed exposure to asbestos-containing gaskets and packing manufactured by defendant.
    • Board of Chicago Asbestos Defense Group, Founder, President, and Chairman
    • Chicago Asbestos Proprietary Damage Group, Founder
    • Hill v. Green Tweed, Philadelphia, PA
    • Lemon v. Garlock, Brazoria County, TX
    • Michigan School Districts v. Garlock, Wayne County, MI
    • Nolan v. Weil, Vermilion County, IL
    • Wakeland v. Garlock, St Clair County, IL
    • Ward v. Garlock, Montgomery County, TX


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1975
Michigan, 1991
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin


Date of Birth:  1949

Law School:  John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1975

Undergraduate School:  University of St. Thomas, B.A., 1971


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Chicago Asbestos Defense Group
    • Founder
    • President
    • Board of Directors
      • Chair
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Mealey's Defense Toxic Tort Advisory Council, 2006
  • Michigan State Bar Association


Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Listed, Who's Who in American Business
      • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
      • Illinois Super Lawyer®
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Personal Injury Defense Law: General, Products Liability Defense Law, and Toxic Torts Defense Law


Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Training For Asbestos Litigation," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 2, Spring 2007
  • "Extra!!" Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 1, Winter 2007
  • "Status of Challenges to the Lipke Rule in Illinois," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 2, Fall 2006
  • "Update On The Science Of Mold," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 1, Winter 2004
  • "Water Intrusion and Toxic Mold Claims in Illinois- Defending Mold Claim," lecture with accompanying paper, Sterling Education Services Seminar, June 2004
  • "The Chrysotile Defense 2002," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2002


    Published Appellate Opinions:
    • Dallis v. Don Cunningham and Associates, 11 F.3d 713 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Dec 08, 1993
    • Balzekas v. Looking Elk, 254 Ill. App.3d 529, 627 N.E.2d 84, 193 Ill. Dec. 925 (Ill.App 1 Dist., Sep 17, 1993) (NO. I-92-0677)
    • Kurrack v. American Dist. Telegraph Co., 252 Ill.App.3d 885, 625 N.E.2d 675, 192 Ill.Dec. 520
    • Belkow v. Celotex Corp., 722 F. Supp. 1547, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 12,437 (N.D.Ill., Sep22, 1989) (NO. 89 C 3049)
    • Wakeland v. Garlock, Ill App Ct 5 District #5-02-0142
    • Froud v. Celotex Corp., 98 Ill.2d 324, 456 N.E.2d 131, 74 Ill.Dec.629 (Ill., Oct 25, 1983)
    • Phillips v. Chicago Housing Authority, 89 Ill.2d 122, 431 N.E.2d 1038, 59 Ill.Dec.281 (Ill., Feb 02, 1982)
    • Phillips v. Chicago Housing Authority, 91 Ill.App.3d 544, 414 N.E.2d 1133, 47 Ill.Dec. 17 (Ill.App. 1 Dist., Dec 04, 1980) (NO. 79-1898)
    • Clark v. Standard Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 68 Ill.App.3d 977, 386 N.E.2d 890, 25 Ill.Dec. 416 (Ill.App. 1 Dist., Feb 14, 1979) (NO. 76-1526, 77-347, 77-664)
    • Board of Educ. of City of Chicago v. A, C and S, Inc., 171 Ill.App.3d 737, 525 N.E.2d 950, 121 Ill.Dec.643, 47 Ed. Law Rep. 1108, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 11,874 (Ill.App. 1 Dist., Jun 01, 1988) (No. 86-0817)


Legal Lectures:  
  • Panelist, Juror Deliberation and Jury Management, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago, IL, June 7, 2011
  • Panelist, "An Update on the Continued Growth of Tobacco and Asbestos Litigation," Perrin Conferences' The New Era of Product Liability Law - Emerging Issues Driving Mass Tort & Environmental Litigation, New Orleans, LA, May 5, 2011
  • Panelist, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Case Examination 2010, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2010
  • Presenter, "The Present and the Future of Asbestos Litigation in the U.S.A," LexisNexis conference on International Asbestos Litigation, London, U.K., September 29-30, 2009
  • Presenter, "The Future of Asbestos Litigation," HarrisMartin's Delaware Asbestos Litigation Conference, Wilmington, DE, February 20, 2009
  • Presenter, "Effective Use of Technology in the Courtroom," LexisNexis Trial Strategies Seminar & Expo, Philadelphia, PA, December 10-11, 2007
  • Presenter, "Crunching the Numbers: The Financial Implications of Asbestos Litigation," Mealey's National Asbestos Litigation SuperConference, Scottsdale, AZ, September 26-28, 2007
  • Presenter, "Nolan, Lipke & The Empty Chair," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's Construction Insurance Symposium & Trial Tactics Seminar, St. Louis, MO, September 20-21, 2007
  • Presenter, "The History And Future of Asbestos Litigation," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel's (FDCC) 2007 Winter Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, February 25 - March 4, 2007
  • Co-chair, Mealey's National Asbestos Litigation Conference: How to Meet the Legislative and Litigation Challenges Shaking the Industry, Philadelphia, PA, September 19-20, 2005
  • Presenter as Defense Attorney, "Examining a Silica Exposure Claim in the Court Room: Tough Questions for the Industrial Hygienist," American Industrial Hygiene Association Convention, May 2005


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