|Advisory Board Member|
| Litigator: Yes|
| Practice Description: |
Mr. Lipe is a trial attorney with more than 25 years of jury trial experience. He has tried more than 30 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts and specializes in the preparation and trial of catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. His areas of concentration include products liability, construction litigation, commercial litigation, employment counseling and discrimination (federal statutory and state law ancillary claims), premises liability, transportation liability (including common carriers and FELA claims), civil rights, and toxic torts.
Notable Cases and Results:
Illinois Supreme Court, 1983
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1983; Trial bar, 1988
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1995
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
Pro hac vice admissions in state and federal courts in several additional jurisdictions
Hourly Rate: Varies by case
Retainer: Varies by case
Date of Birth: 1958
Law School: University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D., 1983.
Law School Honors/Involvement: Member, University of Illinois National Moor Court Team, 1983; Rickert Award for Excellence in Moot Court, 1983
Undergraduate School: Tulane University, B.A., economics, 1980
Associate, Williams & Montgomery Ltd., May 1983. Partner, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., 1991-present.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association
Legal Club of Chicago
Published Legal Writing:
"Illinois Tort Reform Legislation - An Overview," 1986.
"Innkeeper Liability in Illinois," January, 1989.
"Investigation of Products Liability, Premises Liability and False Arrest/Imprisonment Claims," October, 1993.
"Tenders of Defense: What Claims Representatives Need to Know," August, 1997.
"Annuity Testimony: A Debate," against Todd Smith of Corboy and Demetrio, May 7, 1990, before the National Structured Settlement Trade Association in Palm Springs, California.
Williams Montgomery & John focuses its practice on the trial of civil lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as arbitrations, mediations and various other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
The firm's experience encompasses trial and appellate representation in virtually every area of commercial and civil practice, including products liability, professional liability (health care providers, lawyers, insurance and real estate brokers, accountants, architects, engineers, directors and officers), managed health care, complex commercial disputes (business contracts, securities and business fraud, technology, trademark, fiduciary breach), transportation (motor vehicles, aircraft, general railroad liability, F.E.L.A.), building construction, premises liability, inland marine, civil rights, employment law, municipality law, fires and explosions, environmental impairment, toxic torts, mass tort litigation, class actions, insurance and reinsurance coverage and claims disputes. The firm is currently representing thousands of corporations and partnerships as parties in lawsuits. It acts as national or regional coordinating counsel and national or regional trial counsel for a number of these clients.
The firm handles matters primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida. Most of the firm's work is concentrated in Cook County, Illinois where it maintains its principal office. The firm has handled cases in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Practice Group Description:
High exposure civil litigation.
Married with a son and daughter.1025772
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