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Charles A. LeMoine Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1987
  • Wisconsin, 2015

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Education

John Marshall Law School, J.D.

  • with distinction
  • Law Review

University of Illinois, B.A.

  • Zeta Psi

Charles A. LeMoine is the chairman of the Pro Bono Committee and has served on the committee since 2004. For over 20 years, Mr. LeMoine has been a trial lawyer who has concentrated his practice in litigation. Clients quoted in Best Law Firms 2018 note that he is "tenacious, brilliant and indefatigable on behalf of his clients."

In the professional liability area, Mr. LeMoine has represented hospitals, medical groups, physicians, architects and engineers in a wide variety of litigation and business related matters.

In the products liability area, Mr. LeMoine has represented manufacturers, dealers and distributors of manufacturing equipment, safety equipment, electrical components, construction equipment, material handling equipment and vehicles.

In the area of school liability, Mr. LeMoine has represented hundreds of school districts and their professional staffs in liability claims ranging from student fights, school bus accidents, sexual abuse, discrimination, student athletics, property damage, premises liability, construction defects, contracts and insurance.

In the area of railroad liability, Mr. LeMoine has represented commuter railroads on both passenger claims and employee claims under the FELA.

In the area of business litigation, Mr. LeMoine has represented product manufacturers, developers, contractors, banks, title companies, computer companies, real estate brokers, demolition companies, property owners and insurance companies in a wide variety of contractual disputes.

Experience

Since joining the Firm in 1987, Mr. LeMoine has handled a wide array of civil litigation-related matters from the trial court level through appeal. He has tried a number of cases at the federal and state levels. He has also argued cases before both the Illinois Appellate Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. LeMoine has been a certified arbitrator since 1990. Mr. LeMoine has also been a featured speaker and author on various topics including violence in the workplace, construction disputes and mechanics liens, risk management techniques, railroad litigation, products liability and professional litigation.

  • Marshall v. Evanston Skokie School District 65, 1-13-1654 (March, 2015) Affirmed dismissal of all counts finding plaintiff failed to state a cause of action against the district where student committed suicide inside school by hanging himself on the door of the boy's bathroom.
  • Sheetz v. Barrington School Dist. 220, et al, 14-1732 (7th Cir., 2015) Affirmed the dismissal of all claims against the district and its personnel based on Rooker-Feldman doctrine which raised issue relating to custody issues and a prior divorce involving plaintiff's parents dating back to 2005.
  • Leja v. Community School District 300, 2-12-0156 (Nov. 2012) Affirmed dismissal of all counts finding no evidence of prior notice of a defective condition involving a volleyball net crank that struck a student in the face.
  • Vilardo v. Barrington Community School District 220, 2-10-0045 (Dec. 2010). Affirmed summary judgment finding no evidence that the school district had prior notice of a defective condition involving a batting cage "L" screen.
  • Bryant v. Board of Education, District 228, 08-1928 (7th Cir. 2009). Affirmed summary judgment in favor of school administrator involving race discrimination claims.
  • Northern v. Proviso High School Dist. 209 , 1-07-1358 (June 2008). Affirmed Rule 103(b) dismissal of school district based on finding that plaintiff failed to exercise due diligence in serving school district with service of process.
  • Miller v. Lockport Realty, 377 Ill. App. 3d 369, 878 N.E.2d 171 (1st Dist. 2007). Affirmed dismissal of lawyer's claim against real estate broker based on alleged interference with economic advantage.
  • PFT Roberson v. Volvo Trucks North America, Inc., 420 F.3d 728 (7th Cir. 2005). Vacated $5 million jury verdict and entered judgment for defendant finding no contract existed between parties based on an email.
  • Mejia v. White GMC Trucks, Inc., 336 Ill. App. 3d 702, 784 N.E.2d 345 (1st Dist. 2002). Affirmed summary judgment in favor of truck manufacturer in products case involving truck rollover based on federal preemption.
  • Gracia v. Volvo Europa Truck N.V., 112 F.3d 291 (7th Cir. 1997). Affirmed summary judgment in favor of truck manufacturer in products case involving passenger ejection based on federal preemption.
  • Boersma v. Amoco Oil Co., 276 Ill. App. 3d 638, 658 N.E.2d 1173 (1st Dist. 1995). Vacated $1.7 million jury verdict and ordered new trial on all issues due to pervasive trial court error on evidence, witnesses and jury instructions.
  • Lorentzen v. Honeywell, Inc., 64 F.3d 327 (7th Cir. 1995). Affirmed Rule 11 and §1927 sanctions against plaintiff's counsel for failure to conduct proper pre-filing investigation.
  • Wainwright v. Doria, 65 F.3d 171 (Table) 1995 WL 508078 (7th Cir. 1995). Affirmed dismissal of all plaintiff claims based on pre-trial discovery violations which included illegal eavesdropping on defense counsel.
  • Libby v. IHSA, 921 F.2d 96 (7th Cir. 1990). Affirmed denial of plaintiff's attorneys fees and costs in pursuing a TRO finding that plaintiff was not a "prevailing party."
  • Whalen v. K-Mart, 166 Ill. App. 3d 339, 519 N.E.2d 991 (1st Dist. 1988). Affirmed trial court order granting summary judgment against general contractor for subcontractor's failure to procure insurance protecting general contractor for construction accident.
  • Johnson v. Steiner, 534 N.E.2d 391, 179 Ill. App. 3d 556 (1st Dist. 1988. Affirmed dismissal of plaintiffs 2-1401 petition to vacate a final judgment in medical negligence action based on newly discovered evidence.

Memberships & Involvement

  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Member

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, 2002-2015

Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the areas of Personal Injury Defense: General; Products Liability Defense and Prof'l Mal Defense: including Legal/Tech/Financial by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2011-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Named in "Top Lawyers of Chicago," Chicago Tribune, 2014

Named an Illinois Super Lawyer for Schools & Education, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Defense: Products Liability by Law & Politics, 2005, 2016, 2017

West Publishing Company's 1987 Academics Award