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   3Jeffrey H. LipeChicago(312) 448-6232jhl@lipelyons.comjhl@lipelyons.comLipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltdwww.lipelyons.comwww.lipelyons.comlipejeffrey.jpgCommercial LitigationPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense LawHigh Exposure Civil CasesProducts LiabilityCommercial and EmploymentConstruction LitigationTransportation Liability
Jeffrey H.
Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd
230 W Monroe St Ste 2260
Chicago IL 60606-4703
Ph.(312) 448-6232 Fx.(312) 726-2273
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    High Exposure Civil Cases
Personal Injury Defense Law: General    Products Liability
Products Liability Defense Law     Commercial and Employment
    Construction Litigation
    Transportation Liability
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
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:  
  • Barton v. Metra and Chicago and North Western Railroad Co. Represented railroad and local transportation agency defendants in highly publicized trial involving noted violinist Rachel Barton in which she, while disembarking from a Metra commuter train, was dragged 360 feet by the train and run over by its wheels, sustaining traumatic amputation of one leg and degloving injury and partial amputation of the other.

  • Mesman v. Crane Pro Services. Represented international crane manufacturer in products liability case involving allegedly defectively designed overhead crane. Plaintiff's left leg was traumatically amputated and his right leg was crushed when a 20,000-pound load of steel fell from the crane. The case was originally tried to verdict in 2003 by another defense firm and plaintiff obtained a verdict of $16 million. The case was reversed on appeal and sent back to the trial court to be re-tried. We were then retained to represent the defendant. In the second trial, the jury rendered a complete defense verdict.

  • Cairns v. Ty Walk Liquid Sales, Inc. and Elam v. Ty Walk Liquid Sales, Inc. Represented trucking company and tractor-trailer driver in consolidated wrongful death suits involving car driver and passenger. Accident occurred on narrow, two lane road during rain when defendant, who had been following decedents for several miles as they drove erratically (speeding up, slowing down, activating turn signal but proceeding on without turning) attempted to pass decedents, who turned left in front of defendant into farm access road. Plaintiffs asked jury for $10.5 million at trial. Verdict for defendants in both cases.

  • Bar Admissions:  
    Illinois, 1983
    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

    Year 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

    Employment History:  
    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.

    Legal Lectures:  
    "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.

    Firm Description:  
    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.
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