On October 26th, 2017, the Jury Verdict Reporter and Law Bulletin Media
hosted their annual JVR Awards Ceremony & Reception in the Grand
Ballroom of the Peninsula Chicago Hotel, during which attorneys for both
plaintiff and defense were recognized for outstanding achievements in civil
litigation. This by-invitation-only event was attended by nearly 300 trial
attorneys and judges.
We presented 17 Trial Lawyer Excellence awards that recognized 32
individual trial lawyers for their outstanding work on behalf of their clients.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Lifetime Achievement
awards to Hon. Dorothy French Mallen and Hon. Lorna E. Propes.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE TRIAL ATTORNEYS FOR OUTSTANDING REPRESENTATION OF THEIR CLIENTS
Lifetime Achievement Award
Hon. Dorothy French Mallen, Circuit Court 18th Judicial Circuit
Hon. Lorna E. Propes, Circuit Court of Cook County
Defense Achievement Award
Alton C. Haynes, Haynes Studnicka Kahan & Poulakidas LLC
Bill Porter, Chilton Yambert Porter LLP
Mary Kay Scott, Brenner Monroe Scott & Anderson Ltd
Plaintiff Achievement Award
Todd A. Smith, Power Rogers & Smith LLP
Clifford W. Horwitz, Horwitz Horwitz & Associates
Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Civil Rights Case
Patrick H. O’Connor, Hartigan & O’Connor, P.C.
Michael R. Hartigan, Hartigan & O’Connor, P.C.
Highest Reported Stephenson County Award for Wrongful Death
Tara R. Devine, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
John A. Mennie, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Elizabeth R. Olszewski, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Street Hazard Case
Erika G. Baldonado, Schain Banks Kenny & Schwartz, Ltd.
Michael E. Kujawa, Schain Banks Kenny & Schwartz, Ltd.
Highest Reported Illinois Verdict for Defamation
Joanne Hannaway Sweeney, Sweeney and Scharkey LLC
Robert D. Sweeney, Sweeney and Scharkey LLC
Outstanding Defense Verdict in an Auto Case
Melanie K. Nelson , City of Chicago, Department of Law, Torts Division
James F. Ormond, City of Chicago, Department of Law, Torts Division
Highest Reported Illinois Verdict for a Knee Injury
James P. Costello, Costello McMahon Burke & Murphy, Ltd.
Thomas O. Plouff, Costello McMahon Burke & Murphy, Ltd.
Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Tracked Vehicle Case
Elizabeth A. Graham, Union Pacific Railroad Company
Thomas E. Jones, Thompson Coburn LLP
Highest Reported Jackson County Verdict or Settlement
Mark D. Prince, Prince Law Firm
William T. Gibbs, Corboy & Demetrio
Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Pedestrian Case
Kimberly A. Davis, SpyratosDavis LLC
Dimitrios E. Spyratos, SpyratosDavis LLC
Highest Reported Illinois Award for Legionnaires’ Disease
Melanie K. Fairman, Seidman Margulis & Fairman LLP
Matthew B. Heinlen, Capron & Avgerinos P.C.
Steven J. Seidman, Seidman Margulis & Fairman LLP
Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Product Liability Case
John M. Kelly, Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP
Michael G. McQuillen, Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP
Highest Reported Illinois Verdict or Settlement Since the 2016 TLE Event
Michael J. Dowd, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Top Firm in Chicago Lawyer Annual Settlement Report
Power Rogers & Smith LLP