Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage

Our Insurance Coverage Practice Group provides opinions and serves as coverage litigation counsel as needed. Our work includes a variety of policies, including commercial property, comprehensive general liability, ocean and inland marine, jewelers and furriers block, homeowners and automobile polices.

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General Liability

Our Liability Practice Group has been providing cost-effective representations to the insurance industry for over 35 years. The Liability Practice Group’s attorneys are experienced in auto/truck liability, products liability, premises liability (including toxic torts), and other general liability matters.

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Arson and Fraud

Our Arson and Fraud Practice Group has, for over 30 years, been involved in the investigation and defense of fraudulent and exaggerated insurance claims.

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Construction Defect

Our Construction Defect Practice Group is engaged in the representation of general contractors and specialty sub-contractors. Successful resolution of construction defect cases is furthered by early analysis, pre-trial discovery directed to narrowing the case issues, and the efficient use and management of our clients’ input.

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Subrogation

Our Subrogation Practice Group is results-directed and competitively-priced. The Practice Group attorneys have extensive legal experience and technical knowledge. We are committed to the early and comprehensive development of all facts and circumstantial information. We recognize that a prompt and thorough investigation is essential to a recovery. Our emphasis is to expend the appropriate effort and costs, where reasonable and cost-effective, at the earliest possible time, to maximize and expedite recoveries.

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Boiler and Machinery

Boiler and Machinery claims are typically severe and highly technical losses. The Boiler and Machinery Practice Group attorneys have more than 50+ years experience in large loss machinery claims, ranging from first-party claims, joint loss disputes, arbitrations, reinsurance disputes and subrogation of equipment losses.

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Transportation and Warehouse Liability

Our Transportation Practice Group provides coverage advice and opinions, defense of first and third-party claims and recovery representation in many inland marine and wet marine insurance areas, including motor truck cargo liability, broker liability, contingent cargo liability, warehouse legal liability, ocean cargo, scheduled floater coverage, installation floater and riggers legal liability.

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Professional Liability

Our Professional Liability Practice Group has successfully defended attorneys, insurance agents, real estate agents, and medical professionals in malpractice actions. Our attorneys have experience defending physicians, nurses and hospitals in a wide range of medical specialties including obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, general surgery, oncology, urology, neurology, and orthopaedics.

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Workers' Compensation

For over 43 years, our Workers' Compensation Practice Group has been engaged in the defense of Workers' Compensation matters, including protection and recovery of employers' 5(b) lien interests and defense of third-party matters. Leahy, Eisenberg & Fraenkel has a long history of successful trial work before the Arbitrators at the IWCC and a history of winning strategies at each appellate level. Our three office locations give our clients coverage throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri. We are well-versed in every aspect of Workers' Compensation law. From experience, Leahy, Eisenberg & Fraenkel recognizes that early and accurate evaluation of claims often produces the best, most cost-efficient results. Our reputation and industry recognition give you the assurance to know that your interests are protected.

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Appellate

Our Appellate Practice Group is engaged in providing experience and knowledgeable representation in the distinct/specialized area of post-trial and appellate practice, an exacting discipline that requires the highest levels of analysis, research and writing. The Appellate Practice Group has significant experience in representing clients over a wide range of substantive areas before many of the federal and state appellate courts across our country.

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Surety

Our Surety Practice Group has successfully represented sureties, contractors and subcontractors and pursued both litigated and non-litigated strategies to enforce our clients’ contractual, statutory and equitable rights. Our attorneys have experience in construction and surety law. Our experience includes defending payment and performance claims, pursuing affirmative claims, including actions against principals, owners, subcontractors and third parties to recover funds, as well as negotiating completion, settlement agreements and assignments. Our clients range from large international companies to small specialty contractors. We tailor our approach to meet our client’s individual needs and objectives and strive to obtain the best possible results.

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Motor Carrier & Transportation Defense

Motor carrier accident claims create very different and often complex issues that are not present in the typical auto accident lawsuit. For example, plaintiff attorneys often rely on DOT regulations, particularly with regard to hours of service and driver qualification files, as a means to imply that the carrier and its driver have committed negligence. LEF’s Commercial Transportation Practice Group has a wealth of experience defending motor carriers and their drivers in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Our team of attorneys is fluent in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, Carmack Amendment issues, and all other aspects of state and federal law. We strive to keep our clients involved in the litigation process and abreast of the all available and possible means to resolve the claim. Sometimes an alternative dispute resolution setting, such as mediation or arbitration, is the answer. Structured settlements are appropriate in some cases. Other times, the best possible action is trial. Regardless of the setting, our clients know we will use our strong advocacy skills and creative thinking to pursue the best possible result and outcome with minimal disruption to their day-to-day business operations.

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Commercial

Our Business and Commercial Practice Group has, for over 15 years, provided small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, and entrepreneurs with superior legal advice and cost-effective results. Our Business and Commercial Practice Group continues to represent business clients’ over a wide-range of matters including contract review, contractual disputes, corporate governance, administrative compliance, employment and labor issues, and real estate matters.

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