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   3Thomas P. SukowiczChicago(312) 704-3000tsukowicz@hinshawlaw.comtsukowicz@hinshawlaw.comHinshaw & Culbertson LLPwww.hinshawlaw.comwww.hinshawlaw.comsukowiczthomasp.jpgProfessional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/FinancialRisk ManagementAttorney Disciplinary DefenseLegal Malpractice AvoidancePrevention of Legal Malpractice
Thomas P.
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
222 N LaSalle St Ste 300
Chicago IL 60601-1081
Ph.(312) 704-3000 Fx.(312) 704-3001Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial    Risk Management
    Attorney Disciplinary Defense
    Legal Malpractice Avoidance
    Prevention of Legal Malpractice
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Sukowicz has devoted his entire career to issues involving lawyers' professional liability and responsibility. His practice emphasizes professional liability, legal ethics, risk management, loss prevention and the defense of lawyers in disciplinary proceedings.

Bar Admissions:  
Florida, 1999
Illinois, 1985
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1985

Year of Birth:  1955

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1985
Graduate School: University of Notre Dame, M.A., history, 1979

Undergraduate School:  Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., 1977

Employment History:  
Mr. Sukowicz serves the firm's attorney and law firm clients primarily as risk management counsel.

Before he joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in September 2000, he was senior counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. In his role as an investigating and prosecuting attorney, he handled numerous cases before the Commission's Inquiry, Hearing and Review Boards, and argued disciplinary cases before the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Published Legal Writing:  
Mr. Sukowicz is co-author of a monthly ethics column in Chicago Lawyer magazine and has written dozens of articles on professional responsibility and professional liability issues, including:
  • "Beware Voting and Election Misconduct," September 2006

  • "Rules Regulate Civility - To a Certain Extent," August 2006

  • "Panic in the Face of an Error Can Lead to Discipline," July 2006

  • "In a Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Which Rules Apply?" June 2006

  • "Discipline for Lawyers Who Commit Crimes," May 2006

  • "Conduct Rules Give Guidance to Subpoenaed Attorneys," April 2006

  • Co-author of attorney disciplinary proceedings:
  • Illinois Practice and Procedure, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2002

  • Chapter on "Attorney Liability Risk Management," Attorney Legal Liability, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002

  • Co-author of Illinois Code of Paralegal Ethics for the Paralegal Association, 1997

    Legal Lectures:  
    Mr. Sukowicz is a frequent speaker at seminars on topics of attorney ethics and risk management. His presentations include:
    "Screening Out Risky Clients and Declining Representation," WestLegalEdcenter live Web cast, September 2006.

    "Office Sharing and Apparent Partnership," WestLegalEdcenter live Web cast, August 2006

    "Legal Malpractice, Ethics & Risk Management," Hillsborough Bar Association's seminar, Tampa, Florida, May 2006

    "Using Advanced Technology to Control Risk and Improve Practice Management," Hinshaw's annual Legal Malpractice and Risk Management conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2006

    "Equity Interests in Clients and Serving on Client Boards," WestLegalEdcenter live Web cast, June 2005

    "Legal Malpractice & Risk Management," The Florida Bar's 2005 Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 2005

    "Risk Management - Declining and Accepting Engagements," and "Risk Management - Screening Clients and Cases," Hillsborough County Bar Association's Legal Malpractice seminar, Tampa, Florida, May 2005.

    "Ethics Issues and Law Office Risk Management - Avoiding Claims," Lorman Education Services Seminar: Legal Ethics in Florida, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 2005

    "Advanced Technology for Risk Management," Hinshaw's annual Legal Malpractice and Risk Management conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2005

    "Legal Malpractice, Ethics and Risk Management," Dade County and Broward County Bar Associations, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 2004

    "Duties to the Courts and the Profession," Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago, Illinois, March 2004

    "Solo and Small Firm Practice: From Cradle to Grave," Nebraska State Bar Association, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 2003

    "Being an Effective and Ethical Advocate," Illinois Professional Responsibility Institute, Chicago, Illinois, September 2003

    "Fees/Billing/Collection Issues," Illinois Professional Responsibility Institute, Chicago, Illinois, March 2003

    "Client Communications and Collecting Fees," Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, March 2003

    Additional Office Locations:  
    One East Broward Blvd.
    Suite 1010
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-467-1024 Fax

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