Lipe Lyons is delighted to announce that Associate Alexzandria Johnson was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Winter Ball Committee for the Cook County Bar Association.September 12, 2022
Lipe Lyons is proud to congratulate Associate Alexzandria Johnson on her recent appointment as Co-Chair of the Winter Ball Committee for the Cook County Bar Association. The Winter Ball will take place mid-December. Founded in 1874, The Chicago Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active metropolitan bar associations in the United States. The Association's voluntary membership of 17,000 consists largely of lawyers and judges from Cook County and the State of Illinois.
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New Associates Daiana Man and Alexzandria Johnson to the FirmAugust 26, 2022
Ms. Man earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2020, where she was on the Dean's list, won CALI awards in legal writing, and participated in DePaul Appellate Moot Court Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, magna cum laude, from Loyola University. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Ms. Man worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she gained extensive practical experience in the courtroom, including with trials and dispositive motions such as motions to suppress evidence and motions to dismiss.
Ms. Johnson earned her Juris Doctor and Trial Advocacy Certificate from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where she was a member of two moot court teams, served in many leadership roles, and was named to the Dean’s List in 2018. Alexzandria’s moot court team were national semi-finalists in the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Honors Competition during the 2018-2019 year. While attending the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, along with a minor in Black Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Alexzandria made the dean’s list multiple times at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Alexzandria worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she gained extensive practical experience in the courtroom, including litigating many trials, motions, and preliminary hearings.
Lipe Lyons Attorneys listed in the 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America™ and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™August 30, 2022
Lipe Lyons is proud to share that Edward J. Murphy was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America™ in the field of Litigation - Insurance. Associates Alejandra Barcenas and John Miceli also received a 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ recognition for their work in Insurance Law and Construction Litigation.
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Amanda Zink to Perform at the Advocates Society, Association of Polish-American Attorney's Award of Merit CelebrationApril 14, 2022
On May 18, 2022, Lipe Lyons Partner Amanda L. Zink, will perform Mazurek Dabrowskiego, the Polish National Anthem, and the Star Spangled Banner at the Advocates Society, Association of Polish-American Attorney’s Award of Merit Celebration. This event will honor John J. Pikarski, Jr. and his contributions to the Polish Community. This is Ms. Zink’s ninth year singing for the Advocates.
Lipe Lyons Negotiates Favorable Settlement in Product Liability and Wrongful Death CaseFebruary 17, 2022
Shareholder Jeffrey Lipe, partner Amanda Zink, and associate Ryan Eckert negotiated a favorable settlement in a products liability and wrongful death lawsuit arising out of the alleged inhalation of a chemical manufactured by their client.
Jeffrey, Amanda, and Ryan argued and won a motion to transfer the matter to a more favorable venue, and then used fact and medical discovery to elicit testimony to support their client’s federal preemption and causation defenses.
It was anticipated that the plaintiff would seek damages at trial in excess of $5 million. Lipe Lyons' client settled paying only $100,000.
Lipe Lyons Announces 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising StarsFebruary 2, 2022
The firm is pleased to announce that five of our Shareholders Jeffrey Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Edward Murphy, James Whalen, and Jordan Tank, and four of our associates Alejandra Barcenas, Ryan Eckert, Riley Gallagher, and Elise Ruff, were recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for the 2022 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. We invite you to learn more about our attorneys by visiting their Attorney Bios.
Whalen and Ruff Achieve Not Guilty Verdict in Premises Liability ArbitrationJanuary 21, 2022
Lipe Lyons Shareholder James Whalen and Associate Elise Ruff achieved a not guilty verdict in arbitration of premises liability claims asserted against a business owner. The plaintiff alleged that an unnatural accumulation of ice caused his injuries. At the arbitration, the Plaintiff black-boarded six figures in medical bills and lost wages, and alleged permanent injuries. In addition to his premises liability theory, the Plaintiff also raised issues about missing evidence and spoliation. The arbitrator denied all claims.
Lipe Lyons Shareholder James Whalen and Associate Elise Ruff achieved a not guilty verdict in ArbitrationDecember 29, 2021
Lipe Lyons Shareholder James Whalen and Associate Elise Ruff achieved a not guilty verdict in Arbitration for the property owner in a premises liability case. Plaintiff alleged that an unnatural accumulation occurred which resulted in Plaintiff sustaining permanent injuries. The underlying case involved a slip and fall that occurred at a gas station. Plaintiff claimed over six figures in damages. During arbitration Plaintiff attempted to raise issues on missing evidence and spoliation. However, Lipe Lyons limited the matters to be arbitrated to those contained within Plaintiff’s complaint. The Arbitrator determined that although Plaintiff sustained injuries from the fall, there was no evidence to suggest that an unnatural accumulation existed. Thus Plaintiff failed to meet his burden of proof to show that Defendant breached his duty of care to Plaintiff.
Lipe Lyons is delighted to announce that Associate, Alejandra Barcenas was recently appointed to the Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) for the 2021-2022 HNBA Association yearDecember 27, 2021
The Latina Commission serves the community and the legal profession by identifying and studying barriers to the professional development and advancement of Latina lawyers. The Commission develops programs and strategies for Latina lawyers and students to overcome barriers to entry and advancement into the profession. The Commission seeks to inform and shape the policies and priorities that affect women lawyers and the legal culture in which they practice, creating forums for the exchange and expression of the views of Latina lawyers, and serving as a voice to advocate for these views.
Alejandra was selected for the position based on her outstanding achievements and dedication to the HNBA.
Partner Amanda Zink and Associate Elise Ruff defeat Motion for Summary Judgement in Prisoner Pro Bono case in the Southern District of IllinoisDecember 14, 2021
Congratulations to Partner Amanda Zink and Associate Elise Ruff who successfully defeated a Motion for Summary Judgement in a Prisoner Pro Bono case in the Southern District of Illinois. The Prisoner’s case was previously dismissed due to a determination that the Prisoner failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. The case went up on appeal to the 7th Circuit, who determined that the District Court Judge was required to hold a new evidentiary hearing when declining to follow the Magistrate Judge’s recommendations. A new Pavey hearing was conducted. Following direct and cross-examination by Ms. Zink, the Court determined that the Prisoner exhausted his available administrative remedies and in turn denied Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgement.
Congratulations to Alejandra BarcenasDecember 8, 2021
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New Associates Rebecca Israel and Elise Ruff to the FirmNovember 18, 2021
Ms. Israel earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2020, where she was the Student Editor. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Ms. Israel worked as an associate attorney at a downtown Chicago law firm where she concentrated her practice on civil litigation matters.
Ms. Ruff earned her Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in 2018, where she was Teacher’s Assistant for a Property Law professor. She graduated from Indiana University, College of Arts and Sciences in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Ms. Ruff worked at a downtown Chicago law firm specializing in long term care, personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases.
Lipe Lyons Wins Summary Judgment in a Prisoner Pro Bono MatterNovember 16, 2021
Congratulations to Partner Amanda Zink, and Associate Elise Ruff who successfully overcame a Motion for Summary Judgment in a Prisoner Pro Bono case in the Southern District of Illinois. The Prisoner’s case was previously dismissed due to a determination that the Prisoner failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. The case went up on appeal to the 7th Circuit, who determined that the District Court Judge was required to hold a new evidentiary hearing when declining to follow the Magistrate Judge’s recommendations. A new Pavey hearing was conducted. Following direct and cross-examination by Ms. Zink, the Court determined that the Prisoner exhausted his available administrative remedies and in turn denied Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgement.
Lipe Lyons Wins Summary Judgment in Eight-Figure CaseNovember 5, 2021
Shareholder Jeffrey Lipe, Partner Amanda Zink, and Associate John Miceli were granted summary judgment on behalf of an international manufacturer of drive shafts and components for heavy machinery. In a consolidated action involving five plaintiffs who made claims of vicarious liability, negligence, wrongful death, and loss of consortium, Plaintiffs alleged that Lipe Lyons’ client was liable for their injuries including wrongful death and traumatic brain injury following a motor vehicle accident. Plaintiffs claimed that a purchase order between Lipe Lyons’ client and its third-party contractor, created an agency relationship making defendant responsible for its third party contractors’ actions.
Following extensive briefs and oral arguments, the court ruled in favor of Lipe Lyons’ client. The Court granted Summary judgment finding that Lipe Lyons’ client did not have and did not exercise any right to control its third party contractors’ actions at the time of the motor vehicle accident.
Jordan Tank and Alejandra Barcenas Obtained Dismissal with Prejudice for Their Client in a Construction Defect Case Alleging Millions in DamagesNovember 2, 2021
Shareholder Jordan Tank and Associate Alejandra Barcenas secured a dismissal with prejudice for their client, which was facing an express contractual indemnity claim in a construction defect case alleging $2.8 million in damages to a 66-unit residential condominium and retail development in Forest Park, Illinois.
Lipe Lyons’ client was alleged to be primarily responsible for causing the plaintiff’s damages. However, the firm’s investigation into the claim revealed serious legal and factual issues. When the rest of the parties went to mediation, Lipe Lyons’ client took a no pay position. The rest of the parties reached a global settlement and dismissed all claims with prejudice, including the express contractual indemnity claim pending against the firm’s client.
Plaintiff’s Firm vs Former Attorney Employee - Lipe Lyons negotiates favorable settlement for plaintiff firm against former attorney employeeOctober 12, 201
Shareholders Thomas Pontikis and Jordan Tank and Associate Alejandra Barcenas successfully represented a plaintiff’s firm in a lawsuit against an attorney who left the firm and solicited dozens of clients in violation of the Illinois ARDC’s rules on advertising and solicitation. Lipe Lyons prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference claims and sought an injunction and monetary damages.
The trial judge granted summary judgment on the tortious interference claim based on correspondence sent by the defendant to the plaintiff firm’s clients. The parties then mediated the case and reached a global resolution by negotiating percentage allocations between the plaintiff firm and the defendant for each of the cases he improperly solicited.
Amanda Zink and Alejandra Barcenas Negotiate Favorable Settlement for Defendant ClientOctober 7, 2021
Lipe Lyons represented a Texas steel and metal manufacturer in a case involving serious injuries sustained by a plaintiff ironworker while he was working at a wind farm construction project in Illinois. Amanda Zink and Alejandra Barcenas represented the target Defendant during a private mediation and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for their client, preventing the need for further complex litigation. Based on the discovery exchanged in the case, it was anticipated that plaintiff would seek damages at trial in excess of $2.4 million. The case ultimately settled with Lipe Lyons’ client paying only $575,000.
Lipe Lyons is Proud to Welcome JohnFranco Joyce and Anthony J. DeJulius as New AssociatesSeptember 15, 2021
Mr. Joyce earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University, College of Law in 2021, where he was on the Dean’s List. He graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and a Minor in Public Law. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Mr. Joyce worked as an associate attorney at a downtown Chicago law firm where he concentrated his practice on civil and commercial litigation matters in both State and Federal court.
Mr. DeJulius earned his Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School in 2020, where he was a Senior Articles Editor on the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation. He graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago in 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and a Minor in History. Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Mr. DeJulius clerked at a local government and municipality law office. Once licensed in Illinois, Mr. DeJulius practiced personal injury law in a variety of cases.
Riley Gallagher's Second Anniversary at Lipe LyonsSeptember 15, 2021
Lipe Lyons is delighted to celebrate Riley M. Gallagher’s second anniversary with the firm. Mr. Gallagher is a litigation associate who focuses his practice on the defense of product liability, construction, transportation, negligence, and premise liability claims. Mr. Gallagher has quickly found success in his practice and has secured favorable results on behalf of his clients since starting with the firm. A few of Mr. Gallagher’s successes are provided below. You can learn more about Mr. Gallagher’s practice and successes by visiting his bio under the Attorneys section of our website.
- Successfully defended and resolved a complex product liability claim involving a multi-million dollar demand
- Obtained voluntary dismissals in cases rooted in premises liability and general negligence
- Resolved a trucking accident lawsuit for nominal amount
- Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of well-known retail store involved in litigation stemming from slip and fall
Mr. Gallagher is also an active participant in both the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations and he serves as a 1L mentor for students attending law school at his alma mater Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Lipe Lyons Partner Amanda Zink will be a featured speaker at the Illinois Defense Counsel’s A to Z Litigation AcademyAugust 12, 2021
The IDC recently announced the creation of its new Academy program – the A to Z Litigation Academy, which will be presented over eight sessions, from September 2021 to April 2022. This Academy is designed to help prepare an emerging attorney for the trials and tribulations of litigation. From the first days of a file to litigating the case in court, the A to Z Litigation Academy will prepare participants to develop a successful litigation practice.
Amanda Zink will be a featured speaker during Session Seven “Pre-trial – Are We Really Ready to Try This Thing?”, which spans from February 28 to March 16. This segment will focus on key pre-trial, trial, and post-trial considerations, including tips and suggestions, real life examples, and discussions about alternatives to trial so you are never underprepared again.
Learn more about this event: https://www.idc.law/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1533450&group=
Learn more about Amanda Zink and her practice: https://www.lipelyons.com/Amanda-Zink
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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