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10 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois 60603Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 312-427-3900
Toll Free: 866-4purcel
Fax: 312-427-3944
E-Mail: bsp@pw-law.com
E-Mail: tbu@pw-law.com
www.purcellwardrope.com
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Established: 1968

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Arbitration
  • Automobile Liability
  • Personal Liability
  • Commercial Liability
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Long-Term Care
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Tort Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Dram Shop
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction Accidents
  • Municipal Liability
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About Us
Purcell & Wardrope provides a broad range of legal services while maintaining regular communication and personal relationships with its clients.

In their dedication to providing the highest level of service, the attorneys at Purcell & Wardrope go beyond the usual case-by-case approach to find the optimum solution for the client’s greater needs. This commitment is reflected in the attention given each case, as well as the impact of the case on the client's entire business.

Cases are assigned to a partner or to an associate with a designated supervising partner. Each client receives a realistic, early appraisal of liability and damage issues. The firm takes on these responsibilities in order to ensure litigation strategy and management that maintains cost consciousness while still moving clients toward the best solution possible. This level of service has resulted in rewarding, long-term relationships between the firm and its clients.

Case Approach

Purcell & Wardrope recognizes that the overwhelming majority of cases are resolved before trial. The firm is actively engaged in mediation and arbitration, both court-supervised and voluntary, throughout the country. The long-term benefit of this excellence and experience is cost containment by effective litigation management.

Purcell & Wardrope recommends at an early stage whether a client should pursue trial or settlement. The reputation, experience, and commitment of Purcell & Wardrope's trial lawyers maximize the negotiating position for its clients. Opposing attorneys realize that if they do not settle, Purcell & Wardrope's attorneys are fully capable of and committed to winning the case at trial.

That reputation and experience, combined with effective negotiating skills, has resulted in consistently favorable pre-trial resolutions, saving clients both court costs and attorneys' fees. Clients of Purcell & Wardrope reap the benefits of the firm's trial record, regardless of whether a particular case reaches a judge or jury for ultimate resolution.

Founders

From its founding in 1968 by Edward C. Purcell and John T. Wardrope, the law firm of Purcell & Wardrope has been dedicated to providing quality, results-oriented service.

"Purcell & Wardrope approaches each case, regardless of size or complexity, with the same goal: to provide the client with a prompt evaluation of liability and damages and the firm’s recommendation for settlement or trial. Whether requiring negotiation or litigation, Purcell & Wardrope has the capability and experience to obtain the best result."

EDWARD PURCELL

"Purcell & Wardrope knows that the business of a law firm is to communicate to its clients practical, timely solutions to their legal needs. We do that, and do it in a cost-effective manner. Our ability to provide those solutions, combined with our commitment to quality service and personal attention, has resulted in long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our clients."

JACK WARDROPE

That commitment to quality service and results has continued into the 21st century through the dedicated efforts of Purcell & Wardrope's attorneys, who maintain long-term client relationships through efficient and responsive case management and resolution.

Contact us today to meet with an attorney from Purcell & Wardrope.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
ACE Westchester Specialty GroupAmerican International Group, Inc.
Associated Adjusters, Inc.AXIS Professional Lines
Broadspire, a Crawford CompanyCambridge Integrated Services
Central Insurance CompaniesChubb Group
Claims Management, Inc.CNA
COUNTRY Mutual Insurance CompanyDiscover Re
Everest National Insurance CompanyFireman's Fund Insurance Company
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.Glencoe Group Services, Inc.
Great American Insurance CompaniesHCC Public Risk Claim Service, Inc.
Lexington Insurance CompanyMagna Carta Companies
Markel Insurance CompanyMeadowbrook Claims Service
Medmarc Insurance CompanyNational Interstate Insurance Company
Professional Claims Managers, Inc.RSUI Group, Inc.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.Society Insurance
Specialty Risk Services, Inc. (SRS)United Fire & Casualty Group
Virginia Surety Company, Inc.West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Wisconsin Mutual Insurance CompanyYork Claims Service, Inc.
Non-Insurance Clients
Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
CRST International, Inc.The Home Depot
Labor Ready, Inc.Payless ShoeSource
Western Utility
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Personnel Information
Partners
Bradford S. Purcell
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Transactions
  • Municipal Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Accidents
  • Dram Shop
  • Commercial Transportation Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction Defect
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
Additional Biographical Details:
AV-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell; Franciscan Outreach Association-Lawyers United For the Homeless
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Valparaiso University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1984
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1987
Born:1962
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Thomas B. Underwood
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability
  • Excess and Umbrella
  • Construction Defect
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Toxic Torts
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Appellate Practice
  • Coverage Issues
  • Civil Rights
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1974
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1978
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Jonathan P. Schaefer
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Law
  • Arbitration
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Defense
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • DePaul University, B.A., 1979
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1982
Born:1957
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Michael D. Sanders
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Coverage
  • Professional Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Defect
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Excess and Umbrella
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2003
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Education:
  • Northeast Missouri State University, B.A. (cum laude), 1991
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1995
Born:1969
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Jason J. Friedl
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Product Liability
  • Consumer Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Dram Shop Liability
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Education:
  • Arizona State University, B.A., 1995
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2000
Born:1972
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Kingshuk K. Roy
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Wrongful Death
  • Employer Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois
Additional Biographical Details:
AV-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • Illinios State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. (with honors), 2000
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2003
Born:1978
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Senior Associates
Aaron M. LaRue
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Construction Law
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2012
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Education:
  • Anderson University, B.S., 2003
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2010
Born:1981
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Emma C. Nowacki
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Construction Law
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2009
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2006
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2009
Born:1984
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Emily E. Schnidt
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. Political Science (Dean's List), 2005
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (Dean's List), 2009
Born:1983
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Richard J. VanSwol
Chicago, IL
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Litigation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2014
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A./B.A. (summa cum laude), 2003
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., 2005
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2008
Born:1981
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