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Firm Attorneys Contribute to IDC Survey of Law


Continuing a long tradition of participation with the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) and its publications, a number of the firm's attorneys recently contributed to the IDC's Survey of Law in the areas of civil practice, insurance law, government law, and amicus briefs.

Patrick Cloud (Edwardsville) contributed to the "Survey of Insurance Law," which summarized recent decisions construing insurance policies and insurance company liability. Mr. Cloud is the Chair of the firm's Insurance Coverage Practice and he handles insurance cases relating to coverage, breach of contract, bad faith and Section 155 actions.

Mike Denning and Dan Frantz (Rockford) contributed to the "Survey of Civil Practice," which covered a broad category of Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court decisions on topics such as punitive damages, hospital liens, forum disputes, attorney-client privilege, and discovery sanctions. Mr. Denning's practice is focused on civil defense, including medical malpractice, nursing home, and trucking litigation.

Keith Fruehling (Urbana) contributed to the "Survey of Government Law," which covered cases on the Tort Immunity Act, Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Constitutional law, and school district Law. Mr. Fruehling has represented sheriffs and municipal law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and state and local governmental units in a variety of matters, including complex civil rights claims in state and federal courts.

Craig Unrath (Peoria) authored the "Survey of Amicus Cases," focusing on an amicus brief filed by the IDC in support of the defendant employer in the case Crittenden v. Cook County Commission on Human Rights. In Crittenden, the Illinois Supreme Court found in favor of the employer in ruling that the Commission is not permitted to award punitive damages in absence of legislative or home-rule authorization. Mr. Unrath is Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy Practice. He has extensive experience in the Illinois Appellate Courts, Illinois Supreme Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The IDC Survey of Law is a compilation of recent decisions and is designed to help keep IDC members and other important decision-makers updated on the changes in the law. The IDC is a community of defense attorneys dedicated to improving the judicial system and the practice of law.