Congratulations to Amanda Zink and Elaina ValtierraJune 29, 2021
Lipe Lyons is pleased to congratulate Partner Amanda L. Zink and Associate Elaina Valtierra on their recent appointments to the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s committees! Amanda L. Zink was appointed as the Vice Chair of the IDC’s Development and Practice committee. Elaina Valtierra was appointed as the co-chair of the IDC’s Diversity Committee.
Zink, Paxinos and Kalepp Attend the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Annual Meeting and Awards LuncheonJune 21, 2021
Lipe Lyons’ Partner Amanda L. Zink and Associates Amal Kalepp and Oliva Paxinos attended the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on June 18, 2021. Zink, Kalepp and Paxinos proudly joined their fellow IDC members to celebrate the installation of the IDC’s new officers and directors, the appointment of committee chairs and vice chairs, and to recognize the recipients of the IDC’s Awards of Excellence. The celebration included the recognition of 2020-2021 IDC President, Nicole Milos of AAIS, and the induction of the 2021-2022 IDC President Laura K. Beasley of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC.
Amal Kalepp joins Lipe Lyons as New AssociateJune 4, 2021
Amal is a litigation associate at Lipe Lyons who focuses her practice on appellate litigation and the defense of commercial, construction, premises liability, product liability, and transportation claims. The range and rigor of her experiences have endowed her with a strong foundation in all aspects of litigation. During law school she served as a judicial extern in the Circuit Court of Illinois for the Honorable Ronald F. Bartkowicz and in the Illinois Appellate Court for the Honorable Carl A. Walker. Amal graduated from DePaul University College of Law with a certification in Health Law. She was a senior editor for the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law and a health law fellow in the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute.
Lipe Lyons 9th AnniversaryMay 21, 2021
Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis, Ltd. is proud to celebrate its 9th year anniversary! The firm was founded after the five name partners, with decades of experience, departed from their former firm together in order to better serve their long-standing clients. Its attorneys practice in state and federal court and are experienced in a variety of practice areas, including antitrust and unfair competition, appellate litigation, class actions and mass torts, commercial litigation, construction, general liability, insurance coverage, labor and employment, product liability, professional liability, rideshare and autonomous vehicles, and commercial transportation. We invite you to explore our web site and see how our commitment to dedicated service can work for you.
Congratulations to Sahrish Moyeed on her 3 Year AnniversaryMay 4, 2021
Lipe Lyons is proud to celebrate Sahrish Moyeed’s three year anniversary with the firm. Ms. Moyeed is a litigation associate of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd. who focuses her practice on the defense of premise liability, construction liability, transportation liability, and product liability claims. Ms. Moyeed has extensive experience litigating cases up to trial and she has also worked on a number of trials, including some where she served as second-chair trial counsel. Ms. Moyeed is also involved in the firm’s appellate practice and has obtained favorable rulings for matters on appeal. Just a few of Ms. Moyeed’s many successes in the past year are highlighted below:
In a legal malpractice claim against an attorney and his firm, Ms. Moyeed successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice on the initial motion to dismiss and on the plaintiff’s motion to reconsider.
- Successfully settled a construction liability case for a nominal amount on behalf of an engineering firm, involving a motor cyclist who was injured while riding through the streets of Chicago.
- In an employment discrimination matter before the IDHR, Ms. Moyeed represented a supermarket and participated in mediation to settle the case and avoid costs of litigation.
- In a subrogation action involving products liability claims, Ms. Moyeed successfully negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of the product manufacturer.
- Ms. Moyeed was a member of the trial team for a multi-million dollar case involving a multi-vehicle accident and a wrongful death suit in a foreign jurisdiction.
For more information about Ms. Moyeed’s practice and her exceptional results, please see her bio under the Attorneys section of our website.
Pipovic v. Retail Properties of America, Inc., et al.April 29, 2021
Thomas Pontikis and Alejandra Barcenas obtained summary judgments for commercial property owner and commercial landlord in a premises liability lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who claimed she incurred nearly $220,000 in special damages after she slipped and fell in a multi-level parking garage parking. The plaintiff alleged a construction defect allowed water to leak into the interior levels of the parking garage and freeze, resulting in plaintiff slipping and injuring herself. Prior to the filing of summary judgment motions, plaintiff issued a global settlement demand for $1,400,000 in addition to a full waiver of the worker’s compensation lien. The trial court granted summary judgment to both of Lipe Lyons’ clients in the case, dismissing with prejudice not only plaintiff’s causes of actions against the two entities but also all counterclaims filed against them by co-defendants. The trial court agreed that Lipe Lyons’ clients did not retain control over any activity on the premises and, thus, owed no duty of care to the plaintiff.
Lipe Lyons successfully negotiates nominal settlement for defendant clientApril 26, 2021
Shareholder Jordan Tank and Associate Josh Yonke negotiated a nominal settlement for their client that resolved a spoliation of evidence claim made in a suit which arose out of a series of 10 explosions that occurred in Westmont in November 2017. A Speedway gas station leaked 10,000 gallons of gasoline into the surrounding sewer system, which ultimately led to the explosions occurring in and around nearby residential buildings and along the sewer lines. Lipe Lyons’ client was hired to shore up an apartment building that was damaged when one of the explosions occurred in its basement. Speedway alleged the shoring work destroyed evidence and Lipe Lyons countered that the work actually preserved evidence by stabilizing the damaged building. The settlement was made directly with the plaintiff who filed suit against Speedway. The court approved the settlement, terminating Speedway’s spoliation claim and any other claims that could have been brought against the firm’s client.
Congratulations to Ryan Eckert on his Two Year AnniversaryApril 2, 2021
Lipe Lyons is proud to congratulate Ryan Eckert on his two year anniversary with the Firm. Mr. Eckert, who focuses his practice on catastrophic injury cases, insurance defense, and products liability, was recently named an Illinois Rising Star for 2021. Mr. Eckert has had great success in his time at the firm, including:
-Successfully arguing for summary judgement for a general contractor when a subcontractor’s employee was injured on a construction site;
-Successfully arguing for dismissal of an architectural firm after a construction employee was injured onsite;
-Successfully argued for summary judgement in a premises liability case involving an injury to a minor;
-Multiple not-guilty decisions for clients after arbitration hearings in various disputes;
-Numerous settlements of multi-million dollar cases at mediation, including settlement of a workplace injury in which the initial demand was over $15 million.
Lipe Lipe Lyons secures favorable settlement with Minnesota Attorney General on behalf of client that was targeted by the Minnesota State Patrol while supplying fuel to Minnesota’s power plantsMarch 26, 2021
Shareholder Jordan Tank and Associate Alejandra Barcenas sought declaratory and injunctive relief on behalf of their client, Midwest Integrated Companies, LLC, which collects and recycles railroad ties for use as environmentally-friendly fuel in power plants. Midwest transported the fuel over the road under a special oversize/overweight permit issued by Minnesota. When the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol unexpectedly decided that Midwest’s permit did not allow it to transport the fuel, their interpretation threatened both Midwest’s business and a critical source of fuel for Minnesota’s power plants. After Lipe Lyons filed suit and an accompanying memorandum explaining how the new interpretation was contrary to the statutory authority and legislative intent, Minnesota’s Attorney General quickly agreed to resolve the issue outside of court, and Midwest was able to resume supplying power plants with the fuel they need.
Lipe Lyons Prevails at In-Person Trial During PandemicMarch 3, 2021
Shareholder James Whalen obtained a directed finding for a Lipe Lyons' client at a bench trial conducted in October 2020. The trial was held at the DuPage County (Illinois) Courthose, and included live, in-person testimony from our four witnesses. The plaintiff asserted fraud and statutory claims in connection with alleged defects in and damage to real property, and sought monetary damages, equitable relief and attorneys' fees.
Advocates Society Annual Installation DinnerMarch 1, 2021
On February 18, 2021, Lipe Lyons Partner Amanda L. Zink, attended the 90th Annual Installation and Awards Ceremony for the Advocates Society, Association of Polish-American Attorneys. The Advocates Society is an association of Polish-American attorneys who work to promote the progress of the law and the administration of justice and to foster interest in Polish-American culture and heritage. The event installed the 2021 Executive Board and honored Dominic A. Pacyga with the Award of Merit and honored former Advocate Dawn Bode with the Presidential Award. For the seventh year in a row, Partner Amanda L. Zink, sang the Polish National Anthem and the Star Spangled Banner for the ceremony.
Associate Alejandra Barcenas serves as panelist for event hosted by the Latino Law Students Association at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in conjunction with the Castillo Scholars Mentorship Program
February 22, 2021
On February 18, 2020, Ms. Barcenas was a featured panelist for a networking event hosted by the Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in conjunction with the Castillo Scholars Mentorship Program. The event offered attendees the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with the seven featured panelists from different fields, including Ms. Barcenas, regarding a variety of important topics such as the impact of COVID-19 on the practice of law and especially litigation and trials, working remotely, diversity in the legal profession, and each panelist’s experience working in their field and area of practice.
John Miceli's First Year Anniversary with Lipe LyonsFebruary 8, 2021
Lipe Lyons is proud to celebrate associate, John Miceli’s one year anniversary with the firm. Mr. Miceli is a litigation associate at Lipe Lyons who focuses his practice on the defense of commercial, construction, premises liability, and transportation claims. Just a few of Mr. Miceli’s many successes in the past year are highlighted below:
- In a wrongful death and construction negligence action, Mr. Miceli represented a general contractor and successfully obtained a voluntary dismissal on behalf of the client, preventing the need for further complex litigation.
- Mr. Miceli obtained the voluntary dismissal of premises liability action on behalf of nationwide retail center.
- Mr. Miceli represented multiple nationwide gaming entities in an action alleging malicious prosecution and obtained a dismissal of Plaintiff’s claims for want of prosecution.
- In a premises liability action, Mr. Miceli represented a nationwide retail store and negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of the client.
- Mr. Miceli obtained the voluntary dismissal of negligence action on behalf of nationwide retailer center.
More information on Mr. Miceli’s practice and his accomplishments please see his bio under the Attorneys section.
2021 Illinois Supers Lawyers ListFebruary 4, 2021
The firm is pleased to announce that name partners Jeffrey H. Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Jr. and Edward J. Murphy and partner James H. Whalen have been named to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers List published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication from Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Chicago magazine. These lawyers have been recognized per below:Jeffrey H. Lipe (civil litigation, construction litigation)
Raymond Lyons, Jr. (personal injury - products, general litigation, construction litigation)
Edward J. Murphy (personal injury - products, insurance coverage, class action/mass torts)
James H. Whalen (business litigation, construction litigation, personal injury – products)
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-stage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. All candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, lawyers are invited to nominate the top attorneys they have personally observed in action. Researchers then evaluate candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates are then grouped according to their primary practice areas and final selections are made by special review panels composed of leading lawyers in each state.
In addition, partner Jordan Tank, and associates Alejandra Barcenas, Sarah Bourdet, John Dark, Ryan Eckert and Elaina Valtierra have been named to the 2021 Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers, which is also published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Illinois are named to the Rising Stars list. These attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars in the following fields:
Jordan M. Tank (business litigation, personal Injury - general, professional liability, appellate, construction litigation)
Alejandra Barcenas (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - general, business litigation)
Sarah Bourdet (construction litigation)
John Dark (civil litigation)
Ryan Eckert (civil litigation)
Elaina Valtierra (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - medical malpractice, personal injury - products, professional liability)
Anniversary of Elaina ValtierraJanuary 7, 2021
Lipe Lyons is delighted to celebrate Elaina R. Valtierra’s third anniversary with the firm. Ms. Valtierra is a litigation associate who focuses her practice on the defense of premise liability, construction liability, transportation liability, and product liability claims. Just a few of Ms. Valtierra’s many successes in the past year are highlighted below:
- Succeeded on four dispositive motions objecting to the court’s personal jurisdiction in a products liability case;
- Settled a complex construction liability claim weeks prior to trial, securing a settlement for a small percentage of Plaintiffs’ initial $16 million demand;
- Participating in the Illinois Defense Counsel Diversity and Inclusivity Committee’s panel discussion: “Diverse Thoughts on Diversity.”
Ms. Valtierra is an active member in a number of professional and civic organizations. Ms. Valtierra was selected to represent Lipe Lyons at the International Society of Primerus Law Firms' 2019 Global Conference in San Diego, California and the 2020 Young Lawyers Society Conference in Coral Gables, Florida. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Additional information on Ms. Valtierra’s experience and her exceptional results can be found in the attorney section of our website.
Congratulations to Alejandra BarcenasDecember 14, 2020
Lipe Lyons is proud to celebrate associate, Alejandra Barcenas’ two year anniversary with the firm. Ms. Barcenas is a litigation associate at Lipe Lyons who focuses her practice on the defense of commercial, construction, premises liability, and transportation claims in state and federal courts. Just a few of Ms. Barcenas’ successes in the last year include:
- Ms. Barcenas obtained a favorable outcome for Lipe Lyons’ client in a Cook County Commercial Arbitration case involving claims for business property damage, business interruption damages, and claims for insurance proceeds, limiting the arbitration award to approximately $30,000, instead of the total $90,00.00 claimed by the Plaintiff.
- Ms. Barcenas represented multiple defendants during a court mediation and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for those clients, preventing the need for further complex litigation. Despite Plaintiff’s opening global settlement demand of $950,000, the case ultimately settled with Lipe Lyons’ clients paying only a collective sum of $20,000.
- In a case involving injuries sustained by a plaintiff after she slipped and fell in front of insured’s hotel, Ms. Barcenas represented defendants during a private mediation and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for those clients, preventing the need for further complex litigation. Despite Plaintiff’s opening settlement demand of $1,500,000, the case ultimately settled with Lipe Lyons’ clients paying only $300,000.
- Ms. Barcenas drafted, presented, and won a motion to dismiss indemnity claims filed against Lipe Lyons’ client in a commercial case involving business property damage and construction claims.
Additionally, Ms. Barcenas was nominated and selected for Super Lawyers’ 2021 Rising Stars, as well as being selected to join fellow Latina lawyers from across the country and from all areas of the profession in attending the 2020 Hispanic National Bar Association Latina Leadership Program. Ms. Barcenas was also featured in the LLSA Alumni Spotlight Newsletter published by Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Latinx Law Student Association.
Congratulations to Sarah BourdetOctober 14, 2020
Lipe Lyons is proud to celebrate Sarah Bourdet’s two year anniversary with the firm. Ms. Bourdet is an associate with Lipe Lyons with over six years of experience in litigation. Just a few of Ms. Bourdet’s successes in the last year include:
- Helping a client revise their workplace drug policy in light of new Illinois cannabis laws that went into effect in January 2019;
- Defending an auto dealership against a claim of fraud and obtained a settlement of less than 10% of the claimed damages; and,
- Resolving a dispute between condo association and owner regarding the use of service animals in common spaces by crafting a letter comporting with both the Assistance and Service Animal Integrity Act and the condo association’s guidelines for attestation by the owner’s medical provider.
Ms. Bourdet’s organization and affective client communication led directly to these outstanding outcomes. Additional information on Ms. Bourdet’s experience and her exceptional results can be found on her resume.
Congratulations to John DarkSeptember 24, 2020
Lipe Lyons is delighted to announce associate, John Dark’s two year anniversary with the firm. Mr. Dark is licensed in both Illinois and Indiana, and has over four years of experience. He specializes in the defense of premises liability, construction liability, transportation liability, and product liability claims.
In addition to being nominated and selected as a 2020 Rising Star in Super Lawyers, Mr. Dark’s achievements over the past year include:
Successful arguments at bench trial that led to Mr. Dark recovering attorney’s fees and costs for his client, which resulted in a favorable settlement agreement for client on co-defendants counterclaims;
Successful pre-trial motion practice where Mr. Dark drafted, presented and won a motion to bar Plaintiff’s wage loss claim in its entirety which led to a favorable settlement; and,
Securing a zero pay dismissal with prejudice for his client in a premises liability claim.
Alejandra Barcenas Excited to Join Esteemed Group of Latina Lawyers at the HNBA Latina Leadership AcademyAugust 31, 2020
On September 15, 2020, Associate, Alejandra Barcenas, will join fellow Latina lawyers from across the country and from all areas of the profession in attending the 2020 Hispanic National Bar Association Latina Leadership Program. Each year, during the HNBA/VIA Annual Convention, the Latina Commission offers professional development and leadership training programs aimed at Latina lawyers. The Latina Leadership Academy offers curriculum specifically developed for Latina attorneys and draws from a significant body of research from both the Commission and other leading organizations. The program addresses areas identified as key to shattering glass ceilings and securing the advancement and long-term success of Latina lawyers—the most underrepresented group in the legal profession. The Academy’s curriculum builds off the successful programs on Grit and Growth Mindset and delves into concepts of executive presence, cultivating leadership skills, and what it means to be authentic in organizations where Latinas remain underrepresented at all levels.
Lipe Lyons Women Attorneys to Join Rotating Cast of Female Neutrals from ADR to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Women Lawyers
July 13, 2020
On August 13, 2020, partner Amanda L. Zink, and associates Elaina Valtierra, Alejandra Barcenas, Sahrish Moyeed and Sarah Bourdet will join a rotating cast of female neutrals from ADR Systems, including Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.), Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.), Amy L. Gertler, Esq., Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) and Hon. Brigid M. McGrath, (Ret.) for a virtual Happy Hour and Networking Discussion regarding the impact of COVID-19 on women lawyers. Topics will include how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted female attorneys’ ability to network, stretched their abilities as working professionals, and challenged them to serve their clients in new and remote ways.
Amanda Zink Joins Honorable Kenneth Wright at Chicago Bar Association 2020 Earl Burrus Dickerson AwardsFebruary 27, 2020
Partner Amanda L. Zink, will join the Honorable Kenneth E. Wright, Jr., at The Chicago Bar Association 2020 Earl Burrus Dickerson Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
The late Earl B. Dickerson was an outstanding lawyer and among the first African-American members of The Chicago Bar Association (CBA). The CBA established the Dickerson Award in honor of his devotion to the law and helping others gain equality and justice. The Dickerson Award recognizes and honors minority lawyers and judges whose careers at the bar emulate the courage and dedication Dickerson had in making the law the key to justice for all in our society.
This year’s Honorees:
Gina Fain, JSS Family Trusts
G.A. Finch, Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP
Hon. Cheryl D. Ingram, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Diane M. Shelley, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Anthony L. Young (ret), Circuit Court of Cook County
Advocates Society Annual Installation DinnerFebruary 26, 2020
Lipe Lyons attended the Advocates Society’s Annual Installation Dinner on February 24, 2020. The Advocates Society is an association of Polish-American attorneys who work to promote the progress of the law and the administration of justice and to foster interest in Polish-American culture and heritage. The 2020 Award of Merit Recipient was Congressman Mike Quigley. For the sixth year in a row, Partner Amanda L. Zink, sang the Polish National Anthem and the Star Spangled Banner for the event.
Joshua Yonke Joins Lipe Lyons as a New AssociateFebruary 17, 2020
Joshua is a litigation associate at Lipe Lyons who focuses his practice on the defense of commercial, construction, premises liability, and transportation claims. Before joining Lipe Lyons, Joshua worked as a law clerk at a Chicago-based law firm, assisting in worker's compensation matters managing over 275 clients.
Amanda Zink Becomes PartnerJanuary 17, 2020
Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis is pleased to announce that Amanda L. Zink has been named a partner in the firm. Ms. Zink, who joined the firm in 2018, focuses her practice on the defense of personal injury, premises liability, construction, employer and product liability claims. During her legal career, Ms. Zink has handled complex personal injury and wrongful death matters, construction litigation, premise liability, employer litigation, products liability, property damage, catastrophic fire loss claims, condominium disputes and sexual abuse cases. Ms. Zink has extensive arbitration and trial experience. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Ms. Zink spent more than a decade as in-house counsel for The Hartford, where she defended its insureds in both federal and state court. Ms. Zink is a 2004 graduate of DePaul University College of Law. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Events Committee. She is also active in The Advocates Society – The Association of Polish-American Attorneys.
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New AssociateJanuary 2, 2020
Lipe Lyons is proud to welcome John Miceli as a new associate. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2019 and his practice focuses on commercial, construction, general liability, product liability, and transportation claims.
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New Associate Riley GallagherNovember 8, 2019
Lipe Lyons is proud to welcome Riley Gallagher as an associate. His practice focuses on commercial, construction, general liability, product liability, and transportation claims. Riley graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois College of Law in 2019.
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Strategic Planning RetreatSeptember 6, 2019
Partner Amanda L. Zink, will attend the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Strategic Planning Retreat on September 6, 2019. In her role as the Vice Chair of the Events Committee for the IDC, Ms. Zink will help map out the IDC’s role in the legal community for the next several years and will ensure that the IDC is working to address critical issues facing the legal defense community.
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New Associate Eric CarterJune 12, 2019
Lipe Lyons is proud to welcome Eric Carter as an associate. His practice focuses on commercial, construction, transportation, and general liability claims. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Eric worked at a plaintiff's personal injury firm. Eric graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2018.
Jordan Tank obtains jury verdict in favor of client in commercial eviction/business dispute.April 22, 2019
The jury deliberated for less than 10 minutes before reaching its decision.
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New Associate Ryan EckertMarch 28, 2019
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New AssociateNovember 22, 2018
Lipe Lyons Welcome 5 AssociatesNovember 15, 2018
Nahrstadt Serving as Adjunct Faculty MemberFebruary 21, 2018
Three Firm Lawyers Named Super Lawyers in 2018February 15, 2018
Jordan M. Tank Named PartnerFebruary 7, 2018
Valtierra Joins the Firm as an Associate AttorneyFebruary 7, 2018
Murphy and Nahrstadt to be Featured Speakers at National ConferenceOctober 26, 2017
Lipe Lyons Wins Prestigious Panel Counsel AwardSeptember 19, 2017
Nahrstadt is Featured Speaker at NBI Webinar on Traumatic Brain InjuryFebruary 20, 2017
Lipe Lyons Listed in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys & AdjustersFebruary 14, 2017
Four Firm Lawyers Named Super Lawyers in 2017February 8, 2017
Nahrstadt and Whalen to Speak at 7th Annual Circuit Court Boot CampOctober 17, 2016