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Steve Whitmer is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and chairs the Chicago Litigation Department. Steve focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Over the past twenty years, he has litigated all types of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, false advertising, fraud and unfair business practices. Steve has represented clients at all levels of federal and state courts throughout the country, arbitrations, mediations and regulatory proceedings.
Many of the commercial disputes Steve handles arise from the business of insurance. His clients include insurers, reinsurers and state insurance guaranty funds. His insurance-related experience includes complex litigation and arbitrations involving RICO, consumer fraud claims and regulatory disputes. In several multi-billion dollar transactions, Steve has served as lead hearing counsel for national corporations in state insurance department approval proceedings. Steve has argued insurance disputes before the Illinois Supreme Court and state and federal appellate courts throughout the country.
In January, 2019, Steve was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, and superior ethical reputation.
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