People: John J. O'Malley, Partner

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John J. O'Malley

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5514
Fax: (312) 460-7514
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Mr. O’Malley is a partner and has over 35 years of experience representing companies in commercial litigation, product liability and insurance matters. Mr. O’Malley has represented companies in breach of contract, breach of warranty, insurance coverage, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud disputes. Mr. O’Malley has defended numerous personal injury actions involving product liability, toxic tort, negligence, the Structural Work Act, and the Federal Employer Liability Act.  He has represented defendants from the agricultural, chemical, construction, farm equipment, general manufacturing, medical device, oil, pharmaceutical, tire, and transportation industries.  He has handled cases involving all-terrain vehicles, asbestos, automobiles, backhoes, balers, cement, conveyors, cranes, envelope making machines, extrusion machines, gasoline nozzles, grain elevators, gum mixers, machine presses, manlifts, prescription drugs, surgical instruments, tires, tractors, trains, trucks, skid-steer loaders, and roofing materials and systems.

Mr. O’Malley is a member of the Federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois. He has won cases in state and federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. He has prevailed as appellate counsel before the Seventh Circuit and the appellate and supreme courts of Illinois.

A former law clerk for Justice John J. Stamos of the Illinois Appellate Court, Mr. O’Malley has served as a lecturer at the John Marshall School of Law.  He is also a frequent workshop panelist and lecturer on commercial litigation and product liability.

Mr. O’Malley is a partner and has over 35 years of experience representing companies in commercial litigation, product liability and insurance matters. Mr. O’Malley has represented companies in breach of contract, breach of warranty, insurance coverage, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud disputes. Mr. O’Malley has defended numerous personal injury actions involving product liability, toxic tort, negligence, the Structural Work Act, and the Federal Employer Liability Act.  He has represented defendants from the agricultural, chemical, construction, farm equipment, general manufacturing, medical device, oil, pharmaceutical, tire, and transportation industries.  He has handled cases involving all-terrain vehicles, asbestos, automobiles, backhoes, balers, cement, conveyors, cranes, envelope making machines, extrusion machines, gasoline nozzles, grain elevators, gum mixers, machine presses, manlifts, prescription drugs, surgical instruments, tires, tractors, trains, trucks, skid-steer loaders, and roofing materials and systems.

Mr. O’Malley is a member of the Federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois. He has won cases in state and federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. He has prevailed as appellate counsel before the Seventh Circuit and the appellate and supreme courts of Illinois.

A former law clerk for Justice John J. Stamos of the Illinois Appellate Court, Mr. O’Malley has served as a lecturer at the John Marshall School of Law.  He is also a frequent workshop panelist and lecturer on commercial litigation and product liability.

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University (1974)
    cum laude
    Member, DePaul University Law Review (1972-73)

  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross (1971)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern District (including Trial Bar)
  • Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association (Civil Practice Committee, Chair, 1998-1999; Tort Committee)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (1974-1994)
    • General Assembly (1984-1991, 1990-1994)
    • Insurance Law Section Council (Chairman, 1989-1990)
    • Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council (1987-1991)
    • Tort Law Section
  • American Bar Association (Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Seventh Federal Circuit
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Practice & Procedure Committee, Co-Chairman, 1993-2000; Commercial Law, Vice-Chairman, 2012-Present)
  • The Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association
  • International Product Safety & Liability Prevention Association
  • Law Club of the City of Chicago
  • Abraham Lincoln Marovitz American Inn of Court (President, 2000-2002)

Presentations

  • Product Liability - Liability Without Fault, Presentation to company managers, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (August 9, 2007)
  • "Effective Utilization of Experts and Rule 213 Disclosure," Chicago Bar Association Civil Practice Seminar (January 24, 2006)
  • “Torts,” Building and Office Manager’s Association Commercial Real Estate Law Course, Chicago, (July 13, 1999)
  • “How Compliance or Non-compliance with Product Safety Regulations Can Affect Your Product Liability Exposure,” Manufacturer’s Alliance, Product Liability and Product Safety Council Meeting (October 9, 1998)
  • “Common Law and Other Bases for Officer and Director Liability,” Practicing Law Institute (1977)

Publications

  • “Contract Formation and Battle of the Forms Under Article 2 of the U.C.C.” Illinois Defense Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2 (2015)
  • “Sometimes People Go Too Far; Court Hammers Business Co-Owner,” Illinois Defense Counsel Commercial Law Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 3 (June 2014)
  • “Court Finds Tortious Interference with Contact,” Illinois Defense Counsel Commercial Law Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 1 (May 2014)
  • “Exploration of Warranties under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code,” Illinois Defense Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 3 (2013)
  • “A Reminder to Read All of What You Sign. A Continuing Guaranty Trumps A Line of Credit For a Specific Amount,” Illinois Defense Counsel Commercial Law Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 6 (October 2012)
  • “Discovery in Arbitration,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (Third Quarter 2012)
  • “Preemption: The Benefit of Federal Regulation Now Under Attack,” Rick Management Update, The Horton Group (July 2009)
  • “Can You Still Have an Illinois Class Action in a Mass Tort Case?” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (Second Quarter 2009).
  • “Summary Judgment,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (First Quarter 1998)
  • “Duty to Warn,”Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (First Quarter 1997)
  • “Expert Witnesses: The Standard of Admissibility and the Standards Used in Testimony,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (First Quarter 1995)
  • Chapter Author — Federal Civil Procedure, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1981)
  • “No-Fault Insurance Legislation in Illinois,” 23 DePaul Law Review 525 (1973)