Bradley C. Nahrstadt - Partner
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Bradley  C. Nahrstadt

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Antitrust and Unfair Competition
Appellate Litigation
Class Actions and Mass Torts
Commercial Litigation
General Liability
Insurance
Labor and Employment
Professional Liability
Product Liability

EDUCATION

Mr. Nahrstadt received a B.A. in English and political science, summa cum laude, with distinction, in 1989 from Monmouth College. He received his J.D., cum laude, in 1992 from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at DePaul University College of Law and for several years taught a course on litigation as part of the paralegal studies program at the College of Lake County.

ADMISSIONS

Mr. Nahrstadt was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992, and also has been admitted in the following federal trial and appellate courts:
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including the trial bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Bradley C. Nahrstadt
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: 312.448.6235
Fax: 312.726.2273
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Bradley C. Nahrstadt is a partner of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd., co-chair of the insurance coverage practice group, and a member of the product liability, professional liability and tort defense practice groups. He focuses his practice on defending product liability, professional liability, premises liability, insurance coverage and bad faith and commercial matters in state and federal courts around the country, and also has handled a number of matters at the appellate level. Mr. Nahrstadt is a past chair of the Primerus Defense Institute and has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He is "AV Preeminent" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Since 2008, Mr. Nahrstadt has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for product liability defense and medical malpractice defense. In 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers for product liability defense, and in 2006 was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch."  Mr. Nahrstadt was also selected as among Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers for 2014 in Commercial Litigation, General Practice and Insurance Law.

In regard to product liability actions, Mr. Nahrstadt has litigated cases involving a wide variety of products, including fine grinding machines, silicone breast implants, dietary supplements, automobile axles, hydraulic automotive lifts, hydraulic jacks, brakes, clutches, child safety seats, chemical floor wax strippers, signal components, genetically engineered corn, rewinders, pharmaceuticals, thermal oxidizers, gravimetric feeders, welding rods and contact lens solution.  Mr. Nahrstadt has served as regional counsel for a national testing laboratory, as regional counsel for a large consumer of welding rods, as regional counsel for one of the leading optical manufacturers in the country, and as regional counsel in asbestos litigation  for a major domestic  clutch manufacturer, a major crane manufacturer, a leading manufacturer of printing presses and a large foreign clutch manufacturer. He currently serves as regional counsel in asbestos litigation for a leading manufacturer of heating and air conditioning units.  He has served as the General Editor of IICLE’s Illinois Product Liability Practice publication.

As co-chair of the firm's insurance coverage practice group, Mr. Nahrstadt has served as Chicago counsel for a number of insurance companies, including Progressive Insurance Company, Allianz Insurance Company and Capitol Insurance Company. He has been involved in counseling insurance clients regarding the handling of claims. He has prosecuted and defended declaratory judgment actions seeking judicial interpretation of various provisions of general liability and commercial auto policies, and has defended numerous claims alleging insurance company bad
faith.  

Mr. Nahrstadt has represented a wide variety of professionals in cases involving claims of malpractice or misfeasance. He has defended insurance agents and brokers in claims alleging fraud and misrepresentation. He has defended nurses and physicians in dozens of malpractice actions. He also has defended engineers, architects and nursing home operators against claims of professional negligence.
 
Professional Activities/Recognition:
From April 2010 through October 2011, Mr. Nahrstadt served as chair of the Primerus Defense Institute, a consortium of 87 small to medium-sized defense firms located throughout the country. He has served on the Primerus Leadership Council and is a past chair of the Primerus Best Practices Committee.

Mr. Nahrstadt is active in numerous professional organizations, including:
  • The American Law Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court, Master of the Bench (Membership Co-Chair, 2008-2012; Counselor, 2012; Pupilage Team Chair, 2014-2016; President, 2016-present)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute (Member of the Commercial Litigation, Trial Tactics and Electronic Discovery Committee, Annual Meeting Chair, DRI Electronic Discovery Committee (2009, 2010), Webinar Chairman, DRI Electronic Discovery Committee (2011-2012))
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Member of the Commercial Litigation Committee, Member of the Civil Practice Committee, Member of the Tort Law Committee, Board Liaison to the Products Liability Committee, Member of the Electronic Discovery Task Force, Member of the Board of Directors (2008-2014; Secretary/Treasurer (2014-2015); Second Vice-President (2015-2016); First Vice President (2016-present))
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Primerus Defense Institute (CLE Chair 2008-2009; Vice-Chair, 2009-2010; Chair, 2010-2011)
  • Primerus Education Committee (Chair 2011)
  • Primerus Leadership Council (2010 to 2012)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
     
In addition, Mr. Nahrstadt has served as a member of the Monmouth College Board of Trustees since 2002. He is a member of the board of governors of Sigma Phi Epsilon and served as the fraternity's district governor for Illinois from 2007.  Since 2015, he has been a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon National Board of Directors.

Mr. Nahrstadt is the author or co-author or more than 90 articles on a wide variety of legal topics and has contributed three dozen book chapters to various legal publications.  He has served as the general editor of two highly regarded legal reference works:  Illinois Product Liability Practice and Illinois Insurance Law.  He has given more than 150 presentations on a wide variety of legal topics.  He is the author of a blog devoted to Illinois product liability law, which can be found on www.ilproductslaw.com.
Selected Presentations:
“How 20th Century Lawyers & Clients Deal with 21st Century Discovery Demands” and presented on the topics of Rule 30(b)(6) depositions and joint defense groups at the 2014 Primerus Defense Institute Convocation.  Scottsdale, Arizona (April 24, 2014).

“Sending Materials and Communicating with Experts," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Expert Witnesses: Prep, Depos, Exam and Cross—How to Get it Right," Chicago, Illinois (February 18, 2011).

“Preparing Yourself to Depose the Other Side’s Expert Witness," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Expert Witnesses: Prep, Depos, Exam and Cross—How to Get it Right," Chicago, Illinois (February 18, 2011).

“What to do When Your Expert Blows the Deposition," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Expert Witnesses: Prep, Depos, Exam and Cross—How to Get it Right," Chicago, Illinois (February 18, 2011).

“The Greek World Meets the Real World—Risk Management for Fraternal Organizations," Sigma Phi Epsilon Carlson Leadership Academy, Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Lombard, Illinois (February 26, 2011).

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission Database: What Every Manufacturer Needs to Know (and Think About)," Primerus Defense Institute Convocation, Naples, Florida (April 9, 2011).

“Heading to Trial," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp," Chicago, Illinois (June 9, 2011).

"The Trier of Fact," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp," Chicago, Illinois (June 9, 2011).

“Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp," Chicago, Illinois (June 9, 2011).

“Jury Selection," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp," Chicago, Illinois (June 10, 2011).

“Opening Statements," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp," Chicago, Illinois (June 10, 2011).

“Closing Arguments," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp," Chicago, Illinois (June 10, 2011).

“Handling Premises Liability Cases," National Business Institute webinar, Chicago, Illinois (June 30, 2011).

“Attorney Ethics in the Age of Cyberspace," Primerus Annual Conference, Charleston, South Carolina (October 22, 2011).

“Insurance Law for Illinois Attorneys," moderator, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar, Chicago, Illinois (November 10, 2011).

“Expert Witness Depositions," Primerus Young Lawyers Section Deposition Boot Camp, Miami, Florida (January 20, 2012).

“Using Depositions at Trial," Primerus Young Lawyers Section Deposition Boot Camp, Miami, Florida (January 20, 2012).

“Hazing and Alcohol Abuse on Trial," Keynote Lunch Speaker, Sigma Phi Epsilon Carlson Leadership Academy, Lombard, Illinois (February 25, 2012).

“Primer on American Products Liability Insurance and Law," German American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, Illinois (April 13, 2012).

“Pretrial Timeline," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp: A Practical Trial Litigation Skills Program," Chicago, Illinois (May 17, 2012).

“The Trial Outline," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp: A Practical Trial Litigation Skills Program," Chicago, Illinois (May 17, 2012).

“Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp: A Practical Trial Litigation Skills Program," Chicago, Illinois (May 17, 2012).

"Business Risk Exclusions in CGL Policies," ISBA Seminar entitled “Recent Developments in the Interpretation of CGL Policies," Chicago, Illinois (June 7, 2012).

“Drafting the Complaint," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp: How to Practice in Federal Court," Chicago, Illinois (June 8, 2012).

Ex parte Motions," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp: How to Practice in Federal Court," Chicago, Illinois (June 8, 2012).

“Attorney Speech: What Lawyers Can and Cannot Say…," NBI seminar entitled “Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events, Lisle, Illinois (June 19, 2012).

“Attorney Fees in the Current Market," NBI Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events seminar, Lisle, Illinois (June 19, 2012).

“Confidentiality, Loyalty and Attorney-Client Privilege," NBI Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events seminar, Lisle, Illinois (June 19, 2012).

"Deposition Overview & Strategy," Pincus Professional Education Seminar entitled "Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Workshop," Chicago, Illinois (September 28, 2012).

"Expert Depositions," Pincus Professional Education Seminar entitled "Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Workshop," Chicago, Illinois (September 28, 2012).

"Dying to Belong: Risk Management Issues for Fraternal Organizations," Monmouth College IFC and Panhellenic Council presentation, Monmouth, Illinois (October 11, 2012).

"Protecting Yourself from Future Trouble," IICLE seminar entitled "Legal Issues in Marketing, Distributing & Selling a Product," Chicago, Illinois (January 16, 2013).

“Dying to Belong: Risk Management Issues for Fraternal Organizations," Keynote Lunch Speaker, Sigma Phi Epsilon Carlson Leadership Academy, Santa Clara, California (February 16, 2013).

“Dying to Belong: Risk Management Issues for Fraternal Organizations," Keynote Lunch Speaker, Sigma Phi Epsilon Carlson Leadership Academy, Lombard, Illinois (February 23, 2013).

“Risky Business: Managing the Risks Associated with Fraternal Life," presentation to the Indiana Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Bloomington, Indiana (April 7, 2013).

“Top 10 iPad Apps for Lawyers," panelist, ADTA Annual Meeting, White Sulphur Springs, WV (April 18, 2013).

“Litigating Slip and Fall Cases," National Business Institute webinar, Chicago, Illinois (May 7, 2013).

“Think Before You “Speak”: What Lawyers Can and Cannot Say in the Digital Age," University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Lecture Series, Chicago, Illinois (May 30, 2013).

“Crafting Your Complaint After Twombly and Iqbal," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp: How to Practice in Federal Court," Chicago, Illinois (June 28, 2013).

“Answering the Complaint," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp: How to Practice in Federal Court," Chicago, Illinois (June 28, 2013).

“Ex parte Motions and Injunctive Relief," Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Federal Court Boot Camp: How to Practice in Federal Court," Chicago, Illinois (June 28, 2013).

“Think Before You “Speak”: What Lawyers Can and Cannot Say in the Digital Age," Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, Ridgedale, Missouri (July 26, 2013).

“Pretrial Timeline”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).
 
“Pretrial Timeline”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).
 
“The Trial Outline”,  Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).  
 
“Final Status Conference”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).
 
“Direct and Cross-Examinations”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).
 
“Objections”,  Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).  

“Using Exhibits at Trial”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).
 
“Determining “Prevailing Party” Under the Applicable Procedural Rules”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013).
 
“Filing the Notice of Appeal”,  Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “Circuit Court Boot Camp”, Chicago, Illinois (October 3, 2013). 
 
“Best Practices for Attorney-Expert Communications”, Forensic Expert Witness Association quarterly meeting, Chicago, Illinois (October 17, 2013).
 
“Deposition Overview & Strategy", Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled "Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Workshop", Chicago, Illinois (February 21, 2014).
 
"Expert Depositions", Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled "Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Workshop", Chicago, Illinois (February 21, 2014).
 
“How 20th Century Lawyers Deal with 21st Century Discovery Demands”, Primerus Defense Institute Convocation, Scottsdale, Arizona (April 25, 2014).
 
“Creating Your Complaint in Federal Court Post Twombly and Iqbal”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “5th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: Learn the Dos and Don’ts”, Chicago, Illinois (May 9, 2014).

“Deposition Strategies”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “5th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: Learn the Dos and Don’ts”, Chicago, Illinois (May 9, 2014).
 
“Online Ethics”, National Business Institute seminar entitled “Legal Ethics: Top Challenges”, Naperville, Illinois (June 12, 2014).
 
“Case Delays and Insufficient Client Communications”, National Business Institute seminar entitled “Legal Ethics: Top Challenges”, Naperville, Illinois (June 12, 2014).
 
“Online Ethics”, National Business Institute seminar entitled “Legal Ethics: Top Challenges”, Northbrook, Illinois (June 13, 2014).
 
“Case Delays and Insufficient Client Communications”, National Business Institute seminar entitled “Legal Ethics: Top Challenges”, Northbrook, Illinois (June 13, 2014).

“The Defense Perspective on Mediation”, IDC Spring Seminar, Chicago, Illinois (April 17, 2015).
 
“Emerging Issues Facing Counsel and Clients in the 21st Century”, Primerus Defense Institute Convocation, Amelia Island, Florida (April 23, 2015).
 
“Domestic and International Implications for Cybersecurity and Data Breaches—Problems & Solutions”, Primerus Defense Institute Convocation, Amelia Island, Florida (April 24, 2015).
 
“Creating Your Complaint in Federal Court Post Twombly and Iqbal”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “6th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts”, Chicago, Illinois (April 30, 2015).
 
“Deposition Strategies”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “6th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts ”, Chicago, Illinois (April 30, 2015).
 
Ex parte Motions and How to Handle Them”, Pincus Professional Education seminar entitled “6th Annual Federal Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts ”, Chicago, Illinois (April 30, 2015).
 
“Addressing the Condition of the Property”, National Business Institute webinar entitled “Premises Liability from Start to Finish”, Chicago, Illinois (April 30, 2015).
 
“Addressing the Actions and Injuries of the Plaintiff”, National Business Institute webinar entitled “Premises Liability from Start to Finish”, Chicago, Illinois (April 30, 2015).
 
“Settlement Strategies in Premises Liability”, National Business Institute webinar entitled “Premises Liability from Start to Finish”, Chicago, Illinois (April 30, 2015).
 
 
Selected Articles:

Co-author, “Actual Notice of Defect Exception to the Illinois Distributor Statute Requires More than Mere Knowledge of the Characteristics of the Product,"  published in Strictly Speaking, the newsletter of the IDC Product Liability Committee, January 2009.

Author, “Former Employee Sabotage? Invoke the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,"  published in the Journal of Internet Law, Volume 12, Number 8, February 2009.

Author, “Top Ten Ways to Ruin Your Closing Argument," published in Trials and Tribulations, the quarterly publication of the DRI Trial Tactics Committee, Spring 2009.

Co-author, “Two Punitive Damages Cases Every Commercial Litigator Should Know About," published in the IDC Commercial Law newsletter, Volume 10, Number 20, March 2009.

Co-author, “Must You Watch What You Say? Application of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to Publications on the Internet," published in the Journal of Internet Law, Volume 12, Number 9, March 2009.

Author, “Electronic Discovery and the Meet and Confer Requirements of F.R.C.P. 26 (f)," published in E-Discovery Connection, April 2009.

Co-author, “Crafting a Successful Closing Argument,” published in For the Defense, September 2009.

*This article was reprinted in the 2011 Practicing Law Institute Trial By Jury course book.

Author, “Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions in an ESI World,” published as part of the written materials for the DRI 2009 Annual Meeting, October 2009.

Co-author, “The Keys to Successful Business Development," published in The Young Lawyer, the monthly magazine of the ABA’s Young Lawyer Division, January 2010.

Author, “Seventh Circuit Announces E-Discovery Pilot Program," published in E-Discovery Connection, Spring 2010.

Co-author, “Preventing the Runaway Verdict in Catastrophic Injury Cases,” published in the FDCC Quarterly, Spring 2010.

Author, “Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Rules That Federal Jurisdiction Under the Class Action Fairness Act is Not Dependent on Class Certification,” published in the Primerus electronic newsletter, “Defensively Speaking," March 2010.

Author, “Defenses to Breach of Warranty Actions,” published in Strictly Speaking, the newsletter of the IDC Product Liability Committee, April 2010.

Co-author, “Some Harm, No Foul? An Analysis of Two Recent Cases Involving the Contact Sports Exception,” published in IDC Defense Update, Volume 11, No. 9, May 2010.

Co-author, “The Four Cardinal Rules of Generating Business," published in The Paradigm, the quarterly publication of the Primerus Defense Institute, Spring 2010.

Author, “Preparing Clients (And Yourself) for Depositions," published in The Practical Litigator, May 2010.

Author, “Lawyer Beware: The New Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct," published in the IDC Quarterly, Volume 20, No. 2 (Second Quarter 2010).

Author, “Communicating with Your Expert," published in The Practical Litigator, March 2011.

Author, “In Search of Proportionality in E-Discovery," published in For the Defense, May 2011.

Author, “Preparing Yourself to Depose the Other Side’s Expert Witnesses," published in The Practical Lawyer, June 2011.

Author, “The Consumer Product Safety Commission Database: What Every Manufacturer Needs to Know (and Think About)," published in In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2011.

Contributing Author, “Back Away from the “Like” Button: The Potential for Employers’ Liability in the Age of Social Networking," published as the Monograph in the IDC Quarterly, Volume 21, No. 4 (Fourth Quarter 2011).

Contributing Author (section on product liability law), 2011 Survey of Law, published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, (March 2012).

Author, “What to Do When Your Expert Blows the Deposition," published in the IDC Civil Practice newsletter (1st Quarter 2012).

Author, “The Federal Courts Jurisdiction & Venue Clarification Act of 2011," published in the IDC Tort newsletter (2nd Quarter 2012).

Co-author, “In Unity There is Strength: The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Joint Defense Groups," published in Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 80, No. 1 (January 2013).

Contributing Author (section on general liability law), "2012 Survey of Law," published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, (April 2013).

Co-author, "Think Before You "Speak": What Lawyers Can and Cannot Say in the Digital Age," published in Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 80, No. 3 (July 2013).

Co-author, "Exploration of Warranties Under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code," to be published as the Monograph in the IDC Quarterly, Volume 23, No. 3 (Third Quarter 2013).

Contributing Author (section on professional liability law), "2013 Survey of Law", published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (June 2014).

Co-author, "A 50 Year History of the IDC", published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (June 2014).

Author, "Do Insurance Agents or Brokers Have a Duty to Advise on Insured of It's Insurance Coverage Needs?", published in Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Volume 6, Issue 3 (Summer 2014).

Co-author, "Conflict of Interest Considerations," published in The Practical Lawyer (Spring 2015).

Co-author, "Five Important Considerations for Maximizing the Examination Under Oath", published in The Paradigm, the quarterly publication of the Premises Defense Institute (Spring 2015).


 

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