Litigation

Judge Whiting draws on his judicial and legal experience to provide seasoned, comprehensive legal advice and counsel. When disputes arise, Judge Whiting realistically and intelligently evaluates cases from the onset and formulates strategies to maximize the probability of success while minimizing fees and aggravation. He litigates a broad range cases including commercial, insurance, aviation, and health/managed care actions, and defends general negligence claims. He is counsel of record in numerous federal and state appellate court decisions.

Commercial

Judge Whiting litigates commercial matters for domestic and foreign entities, in state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels. Represents both plaintiffs and defendants, he is a veteran of multiple jury and bench trials, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

  • Obtaining summary judgment in defense of Collins Stewart, a United Kingdom based securities company, and its chairman, Terry Smith, in a multi-million dollar intellectual property dispute involving an investment formula, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Whiting's winning brief was adopted by the presiding United States District Court senior judge as his written opinion, a rarity for this judge, and an honor for any practitioner.
  • Defeating a motion for summary judgment filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by V & S Vin & Sprit Aktiebolag, the Sweden based producer of Absolut Vodka, against Polmos Białystok, the Poland based manufacturer of Absolvent Vodka, in a trademark infringement and unfair competition claim. Judge Whiting negotiated a settlement allowing Polmos Białystok to continue advertising and selling its products in its desired markets.
  • Representing an India based, General Electric Company spinoff, providing global business services, technology solutions, and business management processes in a $1.5 million breach of contract claim.
  • Representing an international bank in a claim brought by a film producer for the bank's denial of the producer's loan application submitted in conjunction with a State of Illinois sponsored and funded program promoting the state as a motion picture filming venue.


Insurance / Negligence

Judge Whiting has successfully defended London Insurance Market entities and other foreign and domestic primary and excess insurers and their insureds in environmental, product liability, and negligence lawsuits. He has also assisted insurers with pre-underwriting risk assessments and managed the claims portfolios of hospitals and physician groups.

  • Successfully representing Clear Channel Communications, Inc. in the E2 Nightclub disaster, a several hundred million dollar wrongful death case arising from the deaths of 21 individuals killed in a stampede in the Chicago nightclub. This highly publicized Chicago case led to the criminal convictions of the nightclub's operators.
  • Representing dozens of physicians insured by the Illinois State Mutual Insurance Society in medical negligence actions involving injuries ranging from urinary tract infections, to amputations, to death.
  • Successfully representing several Advocate Health Care affiliated hospitals in general and medical negligence actions.
  • Defending a national grocery store chain in premises liability and general negligence claims.

 

 
 
   
     
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