ROBERT J. KOPKA
Buffalo Grove, IL
Robert J. Kopka has handled a wide variety of business disputes, commercial litigation and insurance defense matters for over 30 years, including consumer fraud, breach of contract, significant bodily injury and employment disputes. Mr. Kopka handles large lawsuits, appeals and a wide range of alternative dispute resolutions. His experience extends to professional liability including insurance and real estate agent errors and omissions, legal malpractice and director’s and officer’s errors and omissions. Mr. Kopka litigates declaratory judgment actions on behalf of insurance companies and advises them regarding coverage. He also defends toxic tort suits involving asbestos, pesticides, paints and industrial coatings.
Mr. Kopka represents common carriers in hazardous waste and toxic spill litigation, and also directs the firm’s transportation department including automobile, UM/UIM, trucking and FELA defense. Mr. Kopka has argued appeals before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois and Indiana Supreme Courts and several other federal and state appellate courts. Prior to forming Kopka Pinkus Dolin and its predecessor firm Kopka, Landau & Pinkus in 1999, Mr. Kopka formed Landau, Omahana & Kopka in 1987.
Mr. Kopka is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and has been admitted pro hac vice, for the purpose of trying individual cases from coast to coast. He is a frequent speaker on various topics, including tort reform, insurance coverage, litigation management techniques, alternative billing arrangements, premises liability, additional insured endorsements, admiralty and warehouseman’s legal liability.
Appellate experience includes a matter of great significance regarding federal jurisdiction decided by the United States Supreme Court. Sisson v. Ruby, 497 U.S. 358 (1990).
Successfully defended a multistate corporation against claims of retaliatory discharge and breach of contract at trial in Indiana.
Successfully mediated a claim for breach of contract which resulted in a settlement of more than $1 million pre-suit by employing an innovative alternative dispute resolution process
- Successfully defended a corporation against claims of fraud, conversion, violation of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other alleged violations stemming from the formation of a competing business by former employees of plaintiff corporation.
MEMBERSHIPS & ACCOLADES
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, National Committee
Defense Research Institute, Past Chair (2011) of the Law Practice Management Committee
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
The Trial Law Institute
Litigation Counsel of America
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers (2012)
Illinois Super Lawyers (2008/2013)
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Numerous U.S. District Courts
DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
Brandeis University, B.A.
"Developing Leaders: What Qualities Make A Great Leader?", CLM Magazine, Litigation Management (Fall 2012).
"New Illinois Supreme Court Decision", KPD Legal Advisory, (October 25, 2010).