Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense

The civil litigation practice group is comprised of seasoned trial lawyers who consistently rank at or near the most active in cases tried to jury verdict or judgment each year. Our regular file inventory consistently includes primary excess and indemnity cases together with subrogation contracts coverage, third party liability defense and coverage, premises, construction, personal lines, business lines, death and catastrophic injury. On an annual basis, several cases are tried or settled valued in the range of $30,000 to several million dollars.

In addition to successful trial results, we also encourage early file closure by aggressive, dispositive motion practice resulting in substantial savings on litigation expenses. We are committed to aggressive file handling coupled with thorough, regular reporting to continuously allow and update evaluation of exposure to explore trial or settlement options.

Rusin & Maciorowski prides itself on meticulous pleading practice from the first responsive pleading on file. With a calculated strategy applying the substantive and procedural law to strike a complaint through dispositive motions to dismiss, judgment on the pleadings, summary judgment, motions in limine, directed verdict and post trial motions, we continually strive to provide an early dismissal or settlement while preserving all substantive, procedural and evidentiary errors and irregularities at trial for an appellate “safety valve.”

Our aggressive posture in procedural trial preparation allows us to aggressively negotiate based upon the client’s “comfort zone” at all stages of litigation from a position of strength since we are always prepared with evidence and strategy to pursue any case through trial.

In order to better serve our diverse client base, we provide a statewide presence in Illinois as well as northern and northwestern Indiana and the Missouri/St. Louis metro area. This encompasses both the state circuit and federal courts, including all appellate forums.

Gregory G. Vacala, Civil Litigation Managing Partner