I am a member of the Federal Trial Bar, and also have been admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. I practice regularly in both the state and federal courts.
I have testified (by way of declaration, affidavit, deposition or courtroom testimony) on the recovery of reasonable attorney’s fees on behalf of the prevailing party, or petitioner after settlement, in fee-shifting cases in the Chicago metropolitan area on more than 150 occasions. In addition to the attorney’s fee records in these cases I have reviewed hundreds or thousands of attorney time records during the course of my practice, including my own.
I have been litigating cases since being admitted to practice in Illinois in April 1979. I have developed extensive expertise in the consumer litigation field, far beyond that of the ordinary litigation attorney, and also in the religious liberties and civil rights fields.
Virtually all consumer, religious liberty and civil rights cases carry the prospect of fee-shifting upon victory or settlement.
Since 1983 I have handled more than 75 class action cases, hundreds of individual consumer law cases and scores of religious liberty and civil rights cases. I have tried numerous cases to judgment or verdict. I have counseled thousands of consumers and business owners regarding fraud, contract, warranty and other disputes, and many pastors and Christians regarding their religious and civil rights.
Since 1982 I have conducted training workshops and seminars for lawyers on litigation at the request of many nationally and locally known attorney organizations. These include the National Institute for Trial Advocacy or NITA (as a professor at two of their litigation clinics), the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Christian Legal Society, the National Consumer Law Center, the National Association of Consumer Attorneys and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. I have also taught law and litigation to law students at the Northwestern, De Paul, Loyola, I.I.T.-Kent, and John Marshall law schools.
I am a member of the National Litigation Academy Honor Corps of the Alliance Defense Fund. The Alliance Defense Fund was created to equip, empower and defend attorneys committed to advancing and protecting constitutional religious liberties, among other areas of the law. Membership is bestowed upon those attorneys “Having embraced Christian Truth, Having demonstrated a clear commitment to restore the rule of law in America, And having expressed the conviction to co-labor with [the Alliance Defense Fund].”
I am also a 2008 graduate of the Alliance Defense Fund Advanced Litigation Academy for senior litigators, which was by invitation only, extended to several dozen attorneys from around the United States. I have put in more than 2,500 pro bono hours in litigation cases in support of the Alliance Defense Fund. For this service to ADF I received the “Bronze Service Award” at the ADF Legal Academy in Naples, Florida in June 2012. Through the Alliance Defense Fund I have become familiar with some of the nation’s top First Amendment and RLUIPA litigators, representing churches, Christians and Christian causes.
I have been a member of the Christian Legal Society from 2001 to the present. I have attended ten of their annual national conferences, and multiple religious liberty litigation workshops.
I graduated from the South Texas College of Law in Houston (previously a part of Texas A&M University), finishing in the top ten percent of my class. While in law school, I wrote two full-length law review articles on consumer law, both of which were published, and another half dozen articles on consumer law that were published in a legal periodical, “Annotations,” serving the Houston legal community.
In all, I have published more than a dozen articles on litigation, including two in the Illinois Bar Journal, with a third on attorney fee-shifting approved for publication in late 2014.