Frederick J. Sudekum, III



Since the firm's founding, Mr. Sudekum has been the Senior Partner at Sudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff, Chtd. He was also the firm's first Managing Partner. For more than 30 years he has concentrated his practice in defending insurance companies in a myriad of settings, primarily those involving extra-contractual damages, coverage analysis and fire and explosion cases.

Mr. Sudekum is A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been selected to Super Lawyers for numerous years.

Before forming the firm Mr. Sudekum was a partner at a major Chicago law firm where he analyzed and defended first-party insurance claims and built-up third-party cases. Mr. Sudekum has conducted hundreds of examinations under oath, provided countless coverage opinions and successfully tried numerous fraud cases to verdict. As a result of his vast experience representing insurers, he is one of the recognized leaders in Chicago in defending insurers cases involving extra-contractual damages. He served as the Illinois and Indiana editor of the "Annotations to the Homeowners Policy" (2nd edition) prepared by the Property Insurance Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice Section. Mr. Sudekum also was appointed by the Honorable Neil F. Hartigan, Attorney General of the State of Illinois, to author a portion of the "Attorney General Arson Training and Prosecution Manual."


He is a member of the American Bar Association's Tort Insurance Practice Section and its Committee on Property Insurance and the Illinois Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention.

Mr. Sudekum has given numerous talks and seminars on subjects dealing with examinations under oath and the evidence necessary to win explosion and fire cases. Mr. Sudekum has served as a seminar panelist at the Property Loss & Liability Conferences hosted by the Property Loss Research Bureau ("PLRB").


Mr. Sudekum graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A in Political Science in 1977. He received his J.D. from St. Louis University Law School in 1980.