following cases represent the trial experience of Blake T. Hannafan.
- Appellate Experience
breach of engagement contract and fee collection arbitration on behalf of
major law firm against its former corporate client in 3-day AAA
arbitration. Succeeded in obtaining and collecting $4,000,000-plus
a plaintiff's legal malpractice "case within a case" on behalf of
the City of Clinton, Iowa, against Michael C. Walker and his law firm,
Hopkins & Huebner, P.C., of Davenport, Iowa. The three-week trial
involved an underlying federal False Claims Act qui tam complaint alleging
that the City's fire department had submitted falsely coded emergency
ambulance bills to Medicare. The case was tried before Judge Nancy Tabor in
the District Court for Scott County, Iowa. (October 2013)
Obtained a $258,000 verdict for damages in a
personal injury case after a 3-day jury trial. The case related to a
premises liability claim against Defendant Resurrection Services.
(Judge Tolmaire, Circuit Court of Cook County, 2012).
Defendant Scott Ward and after a two-day evidentiary hearing before Judge
Amy J. St. Eve successfully dissolved a temporary restraining order.
In addition, Mr. Hannafan defeated Plaintiffís motion for a preliminary
injunction regarding his clientís employment agreement and
non-competition/non-solicit clauses. (N.D. Ill. 2011, J. St. Eve).
Successfully prosecuted a
breach of contract case before Judge Bill Taylor. Defendants
were Sentinel Investment Group, Inc.; Sentinel Financial Services, Inc.; Sentinel Management
International, Inc.; Fountainhead Investments, Inc.; EB Trust 2005; and Eric A. Bloom Living Trust
(Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (2010)
Voutiritsas and North Star Trust Company as lead counsel in a legal malpractice action against
James M. Bolz and McCuaig, Haeger, Bolz & McCarty LLC during a five-day jury trial before
Judge Allen Goldberg (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (2010)
Juanita Cunningham as lead counsel in a sexual exploitation in psychotherapy
action against Dr. Richard C. Berglund and Bonaventure Medical Group during a
5-day jury trial before Judge William Haddad (Circuit Court of Cook County,
of securities suitability, churning and failure to supervise case on behalf
of Celia Ginnodo, Trustee, against Prudential Securities before the National
Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) (Chicago 2004).
Plaintiff Michael T. Hannafan & Associates, Ltd. as lead counsel in a breach of contract
case during a 7-day jury trial before Judge Ronald F. Bartkowicz (Circuit Court of Cook
County, IL) (2003)
Timothy Ueland in Federal Tort Claims Act for personal injury in Ueland v.
United States before Judge John Darrah (N.D. IL) (2001) (Won reversal in
7th Circuit Court of Appeals).
in 5-day international arbitration hearing concerning licensing and contract
rights in Abbott Laboratories v. Baxter International (2001).
of individual on claim of criminal charge of battery in People of the State
of Illinois v. (Defendant's name withheld by client's request) before Judge Patrick O'Malley (Mun.
Court Cook County,
of Dante Williams on charge of murder in People of the State of Illinois
v. Williams before Judge Robert Bertucci (Criminal Court of Cook County, IL) (1999).
PIMCO Funds regarding appeal related to various issues arising from
commodities futures class action suit. Kohen v. Pacific Investment
Management Company LLC and PIMCO Funds (7th Circuit Court of
appeal on behalf of Plaintiff-Appellee before the First District Appellate
Court regarding various issues raised after successful jury verdict related
to clientís claims for legal malpractice. Voutiritsas v. Bolz, et
al. (Illinois Appellate Court, First District) (2011)
appeal before the First District Appellate Court regarding issues related to
collection of judgment and advance paid retainers. Hannafan &
Hannafan, Ltd. v. Eric Bloom, et al. (Illinois Appellate Court, First
District) (2011) (argued)
Jordan v. Karla Knafel, 378 Ill.App.3d 219, 880 N.E.2d 1061 (1st
Dist. 2007) - After the Appellate Court reversed the lower courtís
previous decision in 2005 to dismiss Karla Knafelís counterclaim for
breach of contract in response to Michael Jordanís extortion complaint,
the lower court on remand granted summary judgment in Jordanís favor.
Hannafan & Hannafan appealed on behalf of Knafel.
On appeal, argued by Blake Hannafan, the court affirmed the summary
judgment decision in favor of Jordan in a surprising decision which ignored
long-established Illinois law which requires the party asserting fraudulent
inducement to prove that he relied upon the other partyís representation.
Karla Knafel on appeal from various issues regarding Michael Jordan's
declaratory judgment action against her and her breach of contract claims
against him in Jordan v. Knafel (Illinois Appellate Court, First
District) (2007). (Argued)
Karla Knafel on appeal from various issues regarding defamation in Knafel
v. Chicago Sun Times (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) (2005).
Karla Knafel on appeal from various issues regarding breach of contract in Jordan
v. Knafel (Illinois Appellate Court, First District) (2005).
of Lloyd's v. Harold F. Ilg. The court affirmed a trial court's
entry of judgment against a former Lloyd's Name in the amount of
approximately $700,000. (8th Circuit Court of Appeals) (2005).
Colleen P. Kramer on appeal from various issues regarding a plaintiff's
rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act in Colleen P. Kramer v.
Banc of America Securities, LLC (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) (2003). (Argued)
Timothy Ueland on appeal from various issues regarding evidentiary rulings
and Petrillo doctrine in Ueland v. United States (7th Circuit Court of
v. Gilbert, et al. Represented Peter Halmos on appeal from various
issues regarding order of summary judgment (5th Circuit Court of Appeals) (2002).