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PATTI M. DEUEL

PATTI M. DEUEL, a Shareholder with the Firm and co-chair of its insurance coverage practice group, focuses her practice on first and third-party liability coverage matters, including issues under general...

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THOMAS J. FINN

THOMAS J. FINN, a Shareholder with the Firm, previously served as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney where he prepared and tried over 250 bench trials and 45 jury trials. Since joining the Firm,...

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STEPHEN B. FREW

STEPHEN B. FREW, Of Counsel, focuses his practice on the defense and trial of civil litigation and handles a wide variety of cases, including wrongful death, product liability, construction personal injury,...

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ROLAND S. KESKE

ROLAND S. KESKE, a Shareholder with the Firm, has significant experience in commercial, subrogation and insurance litigation. He has authored and edited several articles published by the National Association...

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WILLIAM P. McELLIGOTT

WILLIAM P. McELLIGOTT, a Shareholder with the Firm and co-chair of its motor carrier and transportation defense group, has over 26 years of experience handling casualty defense litigation with an emphasis...

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DANIEL J. OFFENBACH

DANIEL J. OFFENBACH, a Shareholder with the Firm, concentrates his practice on litigation involving construction defects, employers' liability, arson, fraud and first-party claims, and subrogation.  ...

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ROBERT OSTOJIC

ROBERT OSTOJIC, a Shareholder with the Firm and Chair of the firm’s large loss Subrogation Department.  With over 20 years of litigation experience, Robert focuses on complex, high value subrogation...

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JEFFREY S. PAVLOVICH

JEFFREY S. PAVLOVICH, a Shareholder with the Firm and co-chair of its casualty insurance practice group, has over 25 years of litigation and jury trial experience, representing U.S. and London market insurers...

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HOWARD B. RANDELL

HOWARD B. RANDELL, a Shareholder with the Firm and co-chair of its insurance coverage practice group, has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international Insurance coverage and litigation matters,...

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SAMUEL DATTALO

Samuel “Sam” Dattalo, an associate with the firm, is a member of the Firm's workers’ compensation group.  Prior to joining the firm, Sam clerked for two years at a Chicago law firm...

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MATTHEW J. KOWALS

MATTHEW J. KOWALS is a Partner with the Firm and has over 15 years of experience litigating and trying cases for a wide variety of companies and insurers.  The focus of Matt’s practice...

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GERARD C. FOSCO

GERARD C. FOSCO, an Associate with the Firm, focuses his practice on litigation primarily involving the defense of personal injury, property damage, and insurance coverage lawsuits and claims.  Gerard...

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ADAM L. FRANKEL

ADAM L. FRANKEL, an Associate with the Firm, is a member of the Firm’s insurance coverage practice group.  Adam has extensive experience handling matters involving insurance coverage and defense,...

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THOMAS A. GAMACHE

THOMAS A. GAMACHE, a Shareholder with the Firm, concentrates his practice in the defense of construction and general liability litigation, including premises liability, commercial litigation, and...

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SCOTT WING

SCOTT WING, a Shareholder with the Firm, of Leahy, is a member of the Firm’s insurance coverage practice group.  Mr. Wing’s practice includes a wide range of insurance coverage matters,...

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DAVID I. WALTERS

DAVID I. WALTERS, a Shareholder with the Firm, is a member of the firm's defense litigation team with a practice that is focused upon commercial transportation, motor vehicle collisions, premises...

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ANNALISE E. CASTNER

ANNALISE E. CASTNER, is an Associate with the Firm. Prior to joining the Firm, Annalise clerked for two years at a firm where she focused on subrogation and first-party property coverage matters.  Annalise...

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PETER A. SINK

PETER A. SINK, a Shareholder with the Firm and chair of its worker’s compensation defense practice group, began his legal career as a Plaintiff/Petitioner litigation attorney.  He was responsible...

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SUSAN K. CHAE CORCORAN

SUSAN K. CHAE CORCORAN, a Shareholder with the Firm, has over 25 years of complex civil and commercial litigation experience. Her specialized practice focuses primarily on construction law, premises, automobile,...

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BRANDON M. CAVANAUGH

BRANDON M. CAVANAUGH, an Associate with the Firm, is a member of the firm's defense litigation team with a practice that focuses upon motor vehicle collisions, premises liability, construction negligence,...

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DANA DJOKIC

DANA (“DONNA”) DJOKIC, an Associate with the firm, worked in-house for a major insurance company from 2006 through 2018 handling the defense of workers’ compensation claims of various...

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MELISSA L. MCENDREE

MELISSA L. MCENDREE, a Shareholder with the Firm’s Worker’s Compensation Practice Group has over 20 years of litigation experience and has been in private practice since 2000, after serving...

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JAMES A. HOLEVAS

JAMES A. HOLEVAS, an Associate with the Firm, concentrates his practice in all aspects of insurance defense. Prior to joining the Firm, James clerked for two years at a personal injury firm where he focused...

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MATTHEW J. KOWALS

MATTHEW J. KOWALS is a Partner with the Firm and has over 15 years of experience litigating and trying cases for a wide variety of companies and insurers.  The focus of Matt’s practice...

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SUSAN K. CHAE CORCORAN

SUSAN K. CHAE CORCORAN, a Shareholder with the Firm, has over 25 years of complex civil and commercial litigation experience. Her specialized practice focuses primarily on construction law, premises, automobile,...

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STEPHEN B. FREW

STEPHEN B. FREW, Of Counsel, focuses his practice on the defense and trial of civil litigation and handles a wide variety of cases, including wrongful death, product liability, construction personal injury,...

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PETER A. SINK

PETER A. SINK, a Shareholder with the Firm and chair of its worker’s compensation defense practice group, began his legal career as a Plaintiff/Petitioner litigation attorney.  He was responsible...

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SCOTT WING

SCOTT WING, a Shareholder with the Firm, of Leahy, is a member of the Firm’s insurance coverage practice group.  Mr. Wing’s practice includes a wide range of insurance coverage matters,...

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FORWARD THINKING WITHOUT FORGETTING WHAT WE’VE LEARNED.

Leahy, Eisenberg & Fraenkel, Ltd. was organized as a seven attorney firm in 1972. We have steadily grown in size and have developed into a nationally recognized law firm, providing legal services primarily to the insurance industry. The firm has been recognized by The Chicago Lawyer as one of the largest 100 firms in Illinois. Most of our partners began their private practice careers with the firm. We are proud of the continuity and reliability this represents, and we are grateful for the industry reputation we enjoy.