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Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin & Eads is a regional law firm dedicated to the defense of litigated matters on behalf of corporations and insurance companies. Exceeding our clients’ expectations is at the core of the firm’s practices in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, fraud/SIU, governmental entities litigation, insurance defense, product liability, professional liability, restaurant & retail, toxic tort & environmental liability, trucking & railroad and workers’ compensation.

With seven offices throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, we maintain strong local roots unique to each state, but we all share the same philosophy of delivering excellent service and superior responsiveness to our clients. The centralized structure of our multi-state partnership combines the advantages of extensive resources, expertise and technology along with our focus on providing personalized "concierge" service to each of our clients. Our philosophy is to identify what our client is expecting and then strive to exceed those expectations. Our success stems from our integrity in placing our clients’ interests above those of the law firm.

4/8/2014: Congratulations to Crown Point Partner, Sheri Bradtke McNeil for a recent appellate victory. The plaintiff (employee of a subcontractor roofing company) filed a complaint alleging that the general contractor was negligent in failing to provide a safe worksite, to establish and implement a safety protocol, to inspect the worksite for hazards and safety code violations, to correct hazards and safety code violations, and to provide safety devices proximately causing plaintiff's injuries after he fell off a roof and sustained a broken pelvis. Summary Judgment was granted on behalf of the general contractor after the trial court ruled that it did not owe any duty of care to plaintiff under either a contractual or assumption of duty theory. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Summary Judgment finding that the designated evidence did not disclose an exception to the general rule that the principal is not responsible for the negligence of an independent contractor.

2/12/2014: Crown Point partner Shelice Tolbert was featured in an article in The Indiana Lawyer newspaper. Tolbert’s husband, Michael, was recently elected President of the Lake County Indiana Bar Association with Shelice being installed as Vice President. Shelice Tolbert is in line to lead the organization in two years. The article talks about their legal careers and deep involvement with the community. Click here to see the entire article.

1/21/2014: Congratulations to Senior Attorney Andrew Boros from the Chicago office for an excellent verdict in an admitted liability case in Cook County, Illinois, following a one-week jury trial. The Court granted Andrew’s Motion in Limine seeking to exclude from evidence his client’s conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and the fact that she became intoxicated at an exotic night club. Andrew was also able to convince the jury not to award any future medical expenses although plaintiff’s treating physician testified that he would require future facet joint injections. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for over $153,000.00 in closing arguments. Following deliberations of about two hours, the jury awarded Plaintiff just under $27,000.00.

1/21/2014: Congratulations to Chicago Partner, Andy Ellbogen for a verdict under the last settlement offer in an admitted liability trial in which our client rear-ended the plaintiff. Plaintiff’s total claimed medical specials were $173,000 and plaintiff’s counsel asked the Cook County jury for $273,000. The jury awarded $18,290.66. This was Andy’s 40th victory before Cook County juries.



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