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Christopher M. Kennedy 
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Lake County, Illinois 
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About Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy is an accomplished trial attorney.  Chris represents victims of negligence, fraud, and civil rights abuses in state and federal courts, as well as businesses.

Chris focuses his practice in civil litigation, primarily assisting victims of negligence, fraud and civil rights abuses, before state and federal courts throughout the Chicago region. Chris also counsels small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, particularly regarding contracts, employment and liability issues. Chris' practice also includes a wide variety of litigation matters. Chris has extensive experience handling large, complex cases involving catastrophic personal injuries.

Chris has a long track record of obtaining favorable verdicts and settlements for his clients. Chris has won jury trials with tens of millions of dollars at stake. He has successfully represented clients in construction accidents, auto and trucking accidents, products liability, premises liability, contract disputes, real estate litigation, and many other matters. Chris has handled many cases requiring extensive investigation and knowledge of such diverse fields as high-rise construction, traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, complex industrial machines, motor vehicles, knee and back injuries, fractures, recreational watercraft, hand tools, and other consumer goods.

Chris has tried dozens of jury and bench trials, and numerous arbitrations and mediations. Chris has won appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the First and Second Districts of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Chris is a former prosecutor with the State’s Attorney’s Office of Lake County, Illinois, where he successfully tried and convicted offenders in a wide range of cases. Chris prosecuted various felonies, including murder, armed robbery, armed violence, drugs and weapons cases, among many others. Chris worked with grand juries, local and federal law enforcement, supported victims of crime and made all manner of charging decisions.

In law school, Chris was an editor and member of the Law Review, a member of the Law Review Executive Board, Moot Court team participant, and published an award-winning research paper. Chris was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and won the Scribes Award for the best student publication of 1993-94. Chris also completed internships for the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago, a chief judge of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, and the judges of the 19th Judicial Circuit, in Lake County, Illinois.

A resident of Libertyville, Kennedy is married with three children. He is also a school board member for Libertyville District 70, currently serving his second term. 

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Education and honors:

  • Juris Doctor degree, John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • Law review board member, editor and published writer
  • Awarded the Scribes Award for Outstanding Legal Writing
  • Moot Court member, representing school in out-of-state competition
  • Internships with Lake County judges, federal judge, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Dean’s scholarship recipient
  • Bachelor of Arts degree (History), State University of New York, Binghamton

Bar associations:

  • Lake County Bar Association member
  • Illinois State Bar Association member
  • Chicago Bar Association member
  • Past vice-chair, American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Committee

Led efforts establishing statewide programs and laws to assist persons with disabilities and their families

  • Drafted and helped pass numerous laws to support individuals with autism and other disabilities:
    • Police training in autism and other disabilities
    • Safety and monitoring review to prevent abuse and neglect in facilities serving persons with developmental disabilities
    • Three laws to enhance health insurance access for children with autism and other disabilities
    • Autism Reporting Act
    • Autism Task Force Act
    • Special education law to aid schools and parents in placement decisions for children with autism

Recognition:

  • "Autism Hero Award 2007," Chicago Southside Chapter, Autism Society of America
  • "Outstanding Leadership 2006," Autism Society of Illinois

Frequent speaker throughout Illinois on state issues concerning health care and disabilities

Frequent guest lecturer, Erikson Institute Graduate School of Child Development, Chicago

Former adjunct, Columbia College (Park City program), teaching Evidence and Criminal Justice classes