Overview

A commercial litigator for more than 30 years, Tony handles highly visible and complex lawsuits, including those against a former Illinois governor, a U.S. congressman, a city mayor, and the son of a sitting U.S. president. His insurance coverage claims are equally recognizable and have involved a sitting U.S. President and reinsurance obligations arising out of the destruction of the World Trade Center. He currently serves as co-leader of the firm's Litigation Group.

Tony has tried and arbitrated cases throughout the country and represents financial institutions in lender liability, commercial disputes, fidelity bonds and closing protection letter claims. While working on these cases, he focuses on solving his client’s problems, not making a name for himself in the courtroom. Often that means avoiding or ending litigation through a creative resolution to achieve a client’s goals efficiently.

Tony’s extensive experience also includes civil investigations to identify and recover losses on fraud, employee dishonesty or misconduct, and professional malpractice. His main objective in these situations is to find a quick and cost-effective resolution that is most conducive to a company’s business operations. He frequently coordinates with criminal enforcement and regulatory agencies to maximize the recovery for companies victimized by fraud.

Tony also has substantial experience with reinsurance arbitration and litigation on behalf of both reinsurers and cedants. His reinsurance experience includes disputes over:

  • Personal accident
  • Marine
  • Individual disability insurance
  • Workers’ compensation carve out
  • Warranty claims handling
  • Rescission
  • Cancellation
  • Oral agreements to reinsure
  • Follow the fortunes and follow the settlements
  • Letters of credit
  • Fronting arrangements and obligations of ceding and assuming companies
  • Experience

    • Handled a two-week arbitration of the FDIC in a contract dispute over an assistance agreement, recovering more than $43 million in the face of a $50 million counterclaim.
    • Successfully lifted an injunction against the FDIC on the sale of an $85 million loan secured by a hotel property, allowing the sale to proceed that day.
    • Acted as lead trial counsel in Houston General Insurance Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19516 (S.D.N.Y. 2003), in which the court affirmed the entry of a $39 million arbitration award.
    • Led a special investigation for the Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of State Farm Insurance Company into the company’s handling of the insurance claim by the then-President of the United States.
    • Tried closing protection letter lawsuit recovering $2.3 million. Trial verdict was affirmed by Sixth Circuit. (Case No. 2:09-cv-14891-MOB-VMM)
    • Defeated three lender liability cases in different jurisdictions brought by borrower or related entities and recovered on mortgage from borrower.
    • Acted as chief outside counsel for the RTC on all investigations into possible financial fraud at closed savings and loans during RTC’s final year. In addition, conducted special investigations for the RTC relating to the failure of such high-profile financial institutions as Franklin Savings and Loan Association of Overland Park, Kansas, and Centrust Savings of Florida.
    • Served as a member of the RTC’s Phoenix SWAT team handling litigation, investigations and asset disposition issues. During this period, he regularly lectured RTC attorneys and investigators on conducting investigations and pursuing professional liability claims.
    • Assisted in many of the most important cases involving legal challenges to the appointment of receivers and special receivership powers, including two cases that were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1982
      Northwestern University Law Review, Member
    • Duke University, A.B., 1978

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Colorado
    • New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

        Professional Memberships

        • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS)
        • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
        • Leadership of Greater Chicago, Fellow

        Teaching Appointments

        • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy — Northwestern University (1998 – present)
      • Insights

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        In The News
        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Announces New Executive Committee
        Marci Eisenstein elected to third term as firm’s managing partner

        In addition to Eisenstein, the seven-member executive committee includes Gabriel M. Rodriguez and Christine A. McGuinness, both of whom are new to the committee.

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        39 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists, and Two Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to Top 50 Women Lawyers

        Thirty-nine Schiff Hardin attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

        News Release

        Benchmark Litigation 2017 Recommends Schiff Hardin, Highlights Six Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation’s ninth edition honored the firm as a “Recommended Firm” in Illinois.

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        53 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

        Three Schiff Hardin attorneys also received the prestigious Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” award.

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        91 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2016 Illinois, Michigan Leading Lawyers Network

        The list is comprised of those attorneys who are most recommended as top lawyers among their peers.

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        40 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

        The Super Lawyers selection methodology includes a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area, and independent research on candidates.

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        63 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

        Of the 64 Schiff Hardin attorneys honored by Best Lawyers, three Schiff Hardin attorneys were also nominated for Best Lawyers’ 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Can Arbitration Survive the Quagmire of Discovery?” Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York: Bridging Differences, New York, N.Y. (Jun. 27, 2008)
      • Citizenship

        Civic and Charitable Memberships

        • The Albert C. Maule Urban Issues Forum
        • Evanston Community Foundation
        • Greater Chicago Food Depository
        • Metropolitan Family Services – Evanston/Skokie Valley