The following cases represent the trial experience of Michael T. Hannafan. Click here to view summaries of select reported appellate decisions in which Michael T. Hannafan was involved.  

Jury Trials - Judge Trials - Arbitrations - Appellate Arguments - Other Information

 

JURY TRIALS 

  1. Prosecuted 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)

  2. Successfully prosecuted an insurance coverage case on behalf of plaintiffs Jerald and Meryl Goldfarb against One Beacon Insurance Group where the insurance company denied coverage for street robbery of precious jewelry.  The jury returned a verdict of $395,000 after a 5-day trial.  Insurer later settled "vexatious denial" of claim before later bench trial on that issue.  Total recovery:  $440,000.  The case was tried before Judge Barbara McDonald in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL (2011)

  3. Successfully prosecuted a breach of contract case as second chair 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) 

  4. Represented George Voutiritsas and North Star Trust Company as second chair 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)

  5. Represented Juanita Cunningham as second chair 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, IL) (2008)

  6. Prosecution of medical malpractice case for failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis in Edward Wallace v. David L. Madison, M.D. before Judge James Jordan (Superior Court, Hamilton County, IN) (2004).

  7. Prosecution of breach of contract case in Michael T. Hannafan & Associates, Ltd. v. Robert Stehlik and Loretta Stehlik before Judge Ronald Bartkowicz (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (2003). 

  8. Prosecution of legal malpractice case with underlying personal injury case (lumbar radiculopathy) in Geraldine Howell v. Paul B. Episcope and Paul B. Episcope, Ltd. before Judge Donald Locallo (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (2000). 

  9. Prosecution of personal injury case (fractured hip) in Marion Scott and John Scott v. Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and System Parking, Inc. before Judge Susan Fleming (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (1999). 

  10. Prosecution of breach of Stock Purchase Agreement case in Arthur Gustafson v. Alloyd Co. and Wind Point Partners II before Judge Kenneth Gillis. Verdict of $16.6 million for client and rejection of defendants' counterclaim for $22.5 million after five week trial. (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (1998). 

  11. Defense of fraudulent inducement and breach of contract case in Independent Business Forms v. Multigraphics before Judge Rodney Sippel (U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. MO) (1998) (settled after 2nd week of trial following cross-examination of plaintiff).

  12. Defense of legal malpractice case in Dr. Rudolph Dolezal v. Ross & Hardies before Judge Margaret Frossard (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (1996). 

  13. Prosecution of breach of retirement benefits contract case on behalf of 10 retired Beatrice Cos. Directors and CEOs in Donald Grantham et al. v. Beatrice Co. and ConAgra, Inc. before Judge Leonard Levin. Verdict of $1.6 million after two-week trial. (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (1994). 

  14. Prosecution of breach of trust and breach of contract case in Randi Christensen v. The Northern Trust Co. of Chicago before Judge Harry Leinenweber (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. IL) (1993). 

  15. Defense of breach of brokerage fee contract case in Mengel McDonald Ltd. v. Cramer-Krasselt Co. before Judge Wayne Rhine (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (1993).

  16. Prosecution of breach of contract and corporate alter ego case in Hall Industries v. LJM Equipment and Saf-T-Gard Int. before Judge Leinenweber (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. IL) (1991). 

  17. Prosecution of patent infringement and licensing case in Arachnid v. Merit Industries before Judge Robert Kelly (U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. PA) (1990). 

  18. Defense of age discrimination case in Brown v. M&M/Mars before Judge Barbara Crabb (N.D. IL) (1987).

  19. Prosecution of breach of contract and patent assignment case in Arachnid v. Kidde Recreation Products before Judge Crabb (N.D. IL) (1987). 

  20. Prosecution of patent infringement case in Arachnid v. London Distributing before Judge Crabb (W.D. WI) (1987) (settled during trial).

  21. Prosecution of banking and agency case in AM International v. Indian Head National Bank before Judge Shane Devine (U.S. Dist. Ct., D. NH) (1986). 

  22. Prosecution of patent infringement/doctrine of equivalents case in Arachnid v. Industrial Design Electronics Associates before Judge Crabb (N.D. IL) (1985). 

  23. Prosecution of undue influence will contest on behalf of Geraldine Smith in In re: Estate of John Fontana (Circuit Court of DuPage County, IL) (1983).

  24. Defense of distributor termination antitrust case in Spray-Rite Service Corp. v. Monsanto before Judge Stanley Roszkowski (N.D. IL) (1980) (decided by U.S. Supreme Court at 465 U.S. 752 (1984)). 

  25. Defense of distributor termination antitrust case in Reed Bros. v. Monsanto before Judge William Stewart (U.S. Dist. Ct., C.D. IA) (1974). 

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JUDGE TRIALS

  1. Defense of breach of promissory note, common law fraud and Illinois Consumer Fraud Act claims in Gerald R. Meyers v. Kane Commerce Co. and Richard Horst, before Judge Gene Nottolini (Circuit Court of Kane County, IL) (2003). 

  2. Prosecution of retaliatory discharge case under Americans With Disabilities Act in Colleen P. Kramer v. Banc of America Securities before Judge James Zagel (N.D. IL) (2002).

  3. Prosecution of breach of construction loan agreement in Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stehlik v. LaSalle Bank, N.A. before Judge Lester Foreman (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (2001) (settled before decision).

  4. Prosecution of bad faith bankrutcy filing in The Society of Lloyd's v. Patrick Collins before Judge Erwin Katz (Bk. N.D. IL) (2000). 

  5. Prosecution of bad faith bankruptcy filing in The Society of Lloyd's v. John Calvello before Judge Ronald Barliant (Bk. N.D. IL) (2001).

  6. Defense of certain beneficiaries in probate court will contest proceedings in In re: Estate of H. Earl Hoover before Judge Frank Siracusa (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL) (1996). 

  7. Defense of bankruptcy voidable preference case on behalf of Ogletree, Deakins law firm in In re: Midway Airlines before Judge John Squires (N.D. IL) (1995). 

  8. Prosecution of banking and check forgery case in National Trust Co. v. FDIC before Judge John Shabaz (W.D. WI) ( 1987).

  9. Defense of breach of contract and securities case in Much v. Duff & Phelps before Judge Prentice Marshall (N.D. IL) (1987).

  10. Prosecution of patent infringement preliminary injunction hearing in Arachnid v. I.D.E.A. before Judge Barbara Crabb (N.D. IL) (1985). 

  11. Prosecution of race discrimination in employment case on behalf of Dr. Charles Okolie in Okolie v. Lewis University before Judge Prentice Marshall (N.D. IL) (1982).

  12. Defense of race discrimination in employment case on behalf of International Harvester in Lee v. International Harvester before Judge Bernard Decker (N.D. IL) (1980). 

  13. Prosecution of political rights "Shakman Decree" case on behalf of Charles Adkins against Chicago Park District before Judge George Leighton (N.D. IL) (1980).

  14. Defense of race discrimination class action case in Mays v. Motorola before Judge Thomas McMillen (N.D. IL) (1978).

  15. Defense of breach of uranium supply contract MDL cases on behalf of Westinghouse Electric Corp. consolidated before Judge Robert Mehrige (E.D. VA) (1977). 

  16. Defense of various employment discrimination cases on behalf of International Harvester Co. before federal magistrates James Balog and Olga Jurco (N.D. IL) (1973-1974). 

  17. Prosecution of trade secret case in Essex International v. Active Fabricators before Judge James Parsons (N.D. IL) (1971). 

 

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ARBITRATIONS

  1. Prosecuted 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 award.  (2014) 

  2. Prosecution 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).

  3. Defense of legal malpractice insurance coverage case on behalf of Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society, Inc. before the American Arbitration Association (Chicago 2001). 

  4. Prosecution of breach of patent license case on behalf of AM International against Graphic Management Associates before the American Arbitration Association (Philadelphia 1994). 

  5. Prosecution of breach of patent license agreement case on behalf of AM International against Graphic Management Associates before the AAA (Philadelphia 1993-1994).

  6. Prosecution of broker's promissory note case on behalf of Daniel Dolan against Kidder, Peabody & Co. before the New York Stock Exchange (Chicago 1994). 

  7. Prosecution of securities churning case on behalf of John Foxley against Oppenheimer & Co. before the NASD (Chicago 1992).

  8. Defense of legal ethics prosecution in In the Matter of Robert D. Mitchell against the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (Chicago 1991). 

  9. Prosecution of National Football League contract case on behalf of Jerome Vainisi against Chicago Bears before Commissioner Pete Rozelle (New York City 1988). 

  10. Prosecution of securities unsuitability case on behalf of Lillian Walters against Oppenheimer & Co., before NASD (Chicago 1983).

  11. Defense of breach of construction contract case on behalf of CF Industries against contractors before AAA (Pittsburgh 1977). 

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APPELLATE ARGUMENTS

  1. Appellate Court of Illinois (1st Dist.) - Prosecution of Breach of Fiduciary Claims on behalf of retired Outboard Marine Corporation executives against The Northern Trust Company (2005).

  2. Appellate Court of Illinois (1st Dist.) - Prosecution of breach of contract claim on behalf of Karla Knafel against basketball superstar Michael Jordan (2006).

  3. Seventh Circuit (Chicago) - involving antitrust, contract, employment discrimination and class actions (several arguments).

  4. Federal Circuit (Washington, D.C.) - involving patent infringement and assignment (5 arguments).

  5. Illinois Supreme Court - 

- Jackson Jordan, Inc. v. Leydig, Voit & Mayer - prosecution of 
  legal malpractice statue of limitations issue (on rehearing) (1993).

- In re: Estate of H. Earl Hoover - defense of will contest undue 
  influence issue (1992).

- Jackson Jordan, Inc. v. Leydig, Voit & Mayer - prosecution of 
  statute of limitations issue (1991).

  1. Supreme Court of Iowa - Prosecution of General Car and Truck Leasing System, Inc. v. Lane & Waterman - legal malpractice statute of limitations and in pari delicto issues (1996).

  2. Appellate Court of Illinois (1st Dist.) - involving criminal post-conviction, class action fraud and legal malpractice (various arguments).

  3. The Society of Lloyd's (a/k/a "Lloyd's of London") v. Estate of McMurray and Harris Trust and Savings Bank (7th Cir. 2001) - After a summary judgment of $800,000 in favor of Mr. Hannafan's client (Lloyd's), the Court of Appeals "recognized" the foreign judgment and decided the appeal in Lloyd's favor.

  4. The Society of Lloyd's (a/k/a "Lloyds of London") v. Ashenden, et al., (7th Cir. 2000) - Following the $6 million judgment in favor of Mr. Hannafan's client (Lloyd's), the Court of Appeals "recognized" and affirmed those foreign judgments. 

  5. AM International, Inc. v. Graphic Management Associates, Inc., (7th Cir. 1995) - Mr. Hannafan's plaintiff client, AM International, brought suit against "GMA" in federal court alleging that the defendant had breached a patent royalty contract.  After judgment was entered for the defendant in the trial court, AM International appealed.  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the adverse judgment. 

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OTHER INFORMATION

  1. Achieved settlement of $3,500,000 in prosecution of legal malpractice case involving patent application process against major law firm (2003).

  2. Expert opinion witness in legal malpractice case involving statute of limitations issues and in other legal malpractice cases.


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