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John P. O'Malley


Representation for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers on a full range of insurance coverage issues, such as coverage disputes, defense of claims, indemnification, liability limits, policy exclusions and targeted tenders
Commercial litigation
Intellectual property disputes
Representation for various professionals, including insurance agents, brokers and attorneys, regarding the placement, interpretation and litigation involving insurance programs

Career Successes

  • John has recovered numerous multi-million recoveries on behalf of policyholders and their insurers, including several judgments in excess of $1 million.

  • John was litigation and appellate counsel in American Service Ins. Co. v. COSCO, 402 Ill.App.3d, 513 (1st Dist. 2010) and American Service v. COSCO, 2014 Ill.App. (1st) 121895 in which the appellate court twice affirmed judgments totaling in excess of $2 million.

  • John was lead trial and appellate counsel in Extended Stay, Inc. v. American Automobile, 375 SW2d 834 (Mo.App. 2012) which involved claims in excess of $20 million and in which the Missouri Appellate Court affirmed a judgment in favor of John’s insurance broker client on all claims.

  • John was lead appellate counsel in Konami (America) Inc. v. Hartford Ins. Co. of Illinois, 326 Ill.App.3d 874, 761 N.E.2d 1277 (2nd Dist. 2002), which involved an issue of "first impression" in Illinois, where no other Illinois Appellate Court had ruled regarding patent coverage.

  • In addition to his many trial successes, John lectures on insurance coverage issues, including Design Professionals' Liability Insurance, Insurance Coverage for Mold Claims, and Estoppel and Late Notice. He has created and presented several seminars to insurance companies and their policyholders with respect to claims handling practices, risk management and risk transfer devices. He is also a frequent lecturer to students and new lawyers on insurance issues and trial advocacy and a published author on a wide range of insurance coverage topics.


J.D. with Honors, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL
Order of the Coif, Top Ten Percent of Class
B.S. in Business Administration, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI


  • Roundtable Discussion Regarding Risk Management for Design Professionals, Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals

  • Insurance Issues and Trial Skills: presented to Chicago Bar Association, Insurance School of Chicago, The John Marshall Law School

  • Mold Claims, Insurance Coverage for Mold Claims, Insurance Coverage for Design Professionals, Risk Management, Construction Design Errors: presented to Insurance Company Executives, Agents and Brokers, Design Professionals and Policy Holders

  • In-house seminars to Insurance Companies on Declaratory Judgment Actions, Estoppel, Bad Faith

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Appellate Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers

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