jmsJACQUELINE M. SATHERLIE
Partner
Buffalo Grove, IL
P: 847.459.2414
F: 847.549.9636
jmsatherlie@kopkalaw.com
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Jacqueline M. Satherlie is a partner in the firm’s Buffalo Grove office. Jackie is engaged in the practice of insurance law and appellate practice. Her work is concentrated in the representation of insurance carriers, providing coverage opinions on the obligations to their insureds, drafting reservation of rights and denial letters and litigating coverage disputes under personal, commercial, professional, and excess policies and bad faith actions. Jackie defends contractors in construction defect and negligence cases, and condominium associations, officers, directors, employment disputes, property managers, real estate, insurance, legal and other professionals. Jackie also has extensive experience with uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage issues.

Jackie’s niche practice defending cases involving hail damage claims and large property loss has resulted in numerous successful outcomes. She is extremely knowledgeable in these matters, and her counsel is often requested. Read about Jackie’s case successes here.

She has been chosen by numerous insurers to advise on the enforceability of policy provisions and engaged to redraft their insurance policies. Jackie has successfully argued insurance coverage cases in Illinois trial and appellate courts. She has had speaking and lecturing engagements for insurance industry and professional associations and frequently gives seminars to insurance company claim staff.

Prior to receiving her law degree, Jackie worked in the insurance industry. She began working for an automobile insurer and later worked for large commercial, surplus and specialty insurers, handling general liability claims and claims presented under the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s insurance program.

CASE/TRIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Represented condominium association’s property manager and condominium board member in lawsuit by building’s janitor, defending claims for tortious interference with business relationship and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The Court granted a Motion to Dismiss on both counts against the property manager and board member based upon a release between the janitor and the association for the janitor’s settlement of his wrongful termination/grievance claim.
  • Represented general contractor and property management company in lawsuit brought by commercial tenant in a lawsuit with complex damage, indemnification, subrogation and construction defect issues. The tenant sought in excess of $5 million for property which was stored in a 500,000 square foot warehouse, which was damaged when the roof collapsed. The tenant also sued the architect and the contractors and project consultants. While its motion for summary judgment was pending, the general contractor and property management company successfully settled in an amount reflective of nominal liability.
  • Represented insurance agent’s insurer in a declaratory judgment action on issue of whether insured, an insurance agent, breached the cooperation and late notice provisions of the policy, where insured failed to give notice of the claim and failed to respond to insurer’s requests for information for nearly one year. The First District Appellate Court reversed the trial court, and held that coverage was barred because insured failed to cooperate with insurer by failing to respond to its inquiries for information for nearly one year.
  • Represented general liability insurer and insured in a declaratory action on the issue of whether the pollution exclusion applied to more than $10 million in goods and other products which were allegedly contaminated by exposure to rodents and feces. The declaratory judgment was negotiated to resolution, without a ruling on the issue of whether the contamination by rodents and rodent feces was pollution and a determination of whether the pollution exclusion applied.
  • Prevailed in declaratory judgment action representing an insurer on its obligation to defend additional insured for claims leveled against it by named insured’s employee, where underlying complaint did not charge additional insured with vicarious liability for named insured’s conduct.
  • Successfully represented a non-profit housing management company which manages properties where the residents have mental, emotional and economic challenges and are at risk for homelessness, in a lawsuit by a tenant for life threatening injuries sustained in a stabbing incident with another tenant. The injured tenant charged the management company with negligence for failing to protect him against criminal acts of a third party and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The case was complicated by the fact that there were reported prior incidents between the tenants. Summary judgment was granted for the management company on both counts of the Complaint. The court reasoned that the management company did not owe the tenant a duty to protect him from criminal acts by third parties, even though there were prior acts, which made the attack at issue foreseeable, because the attacks did not relate to or have a connection to a physical condition of the property. As to the intentional infliction of emotional distress count, the court reasoned that there was no evidence that the management company engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct and that the threat of eviction was not under the management company’s control.

MEMBERSHIPS
Chicago Bar Association
Member of the Board of Directors, Center For Independent Futures, a nonprofit, dedicated to serving persons with special needs

ADMISSIONS
Illinois
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

EDUCATION
John Marshall Law School, J.D.
Northeastern Illinois University, B.S., Business and Economics

PUBLICATIONS
“Illinois Snow & Ice Removal Act”, KPD Legal Advisory, (March 15, 2010).