Jury Verdict Reporter annually hosts this event that brings together the plaintiff’s bar, the defense bar and the judiciary in a celebration of outstanding achievements and careers. Record verdicts, signifiant defense verdicts, career milestones and lifetime achievements are recognized as the JVR presents awards of Trial Lawyer Excellence to deserving civil litigators, trial attorneys and mentors.

Award Winners


Plaintiff Lifetime Achievement Award
James D. Montgomery, Sr., James D. Montgomery and Associates Ltd.

Defense Lifetime Achievement Award
Lloyd E. Williams, Jr., Williams Montgomery & John

Defense Career Achievement
William F. Cunningham, Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine
Richard J. Hickey, Hickey Melia & Associates
Julie Ramson, McKenna Storer

Highest Reported Illinois Verdict or Settlement in the Last Year
Steven A. Hart, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Bruce L. Simon, Pearson, Simon, Warsaw & Penny
W. Joseph Bruckner, Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP

Highest Reported Bureau County Verdict
Anthony C. Raccuglia, Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates

Highest Reported Livingston County Verdict
Robert J. Napleton, Highest Reported Livingston County Verdict

Highest Reported Wrongful Death Verdict – DuPage County
Christopher T. Hurley, Christopher T. Hurley & Associates
Michael T. Mertz, Christopher T. Hurley & Associates

Highest Reported Illinois Compensatory Verdict for Non-Death
Clifford W. Horwitz, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates
Jay R. Luchsinger, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates
Michael D. Carter, Jr., Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates

Highest Reported Illinois Verdict for Wrongful Death of a Minor
Timothy W. Heath, Hegarty & Heath
Terrence K. Hegarty, Hegarty & Heath

Highest Reported Illinois Verdict or Settlement for Lead Poisoning
Howard Schaffner, Hofeld & Schaffner
John J. MacInerney, Hofeld & Schaffner

Outstanding Defense Verdict for Motorcycle Accident
John W. Gilligan, III, Stellato & Schwartz

Outstanding Defense Verdict for Premises Liability
James F. Ormond, Chicago Corporation Counsel
Thomas J. Lawler, Chicago Corporation Counsel

Outstanding Defense Verdict for Medical Malpractice
Robert S. Baker, Baker & Enright

Outstanding Defense Verdict for Real Estate Contract
Stephen Novack, Novak and Macey
John F. Shonkwiler, Novak and Macey