Specialty Practice Areas

The defense of all matters referred to the firm will be assigned to a different Partner or Associate based on their experience and expertise. Some of the firm's specialties are listed below:

Coverage Issues

Frederick J. Sudekum, III and John C. Cassidy handle and supervise the investigation, analysis and litigation of coverage disputes. Our firm has a sub-specialty in defending questionable claims. Our practice includes extensive experience arbitrating and mediating first party disputes.

First-Party Property and Catastrophic Claims

Mr. Sudekum and Mr. Cassidy handle and supervise the investigation and litigation of property claims, including automobile claims. Collectively, they have over forty years experience investigating and defending questionable property claims. They are assisted by Lawrence Shulruff, along with W. Mark Sickles and John A. Lanoue as necessary.

Third-Party Liability/Bodily Injury

Mr. Shulruff handles and supervises first-and third-party bodily injury claims. Our trial attorneys have tried more than 80 cases to verdict in the past four years, winning 'not guilty' verdicts in more than 40 percent of the cases.

Fraud Recovery Actions

Mr. Sudekum, Mr. Cassidy and Mr. Shulruff handle and supervise recovery actions under the Illinois Insurance Fraud Statute. Since the enactment of the Statute in January of 1993, the firm has represented numerous insurers pursuing recovery actions. Mr. Sudekum has obtained arbitration awards, prosecuted successful recovery suits and obtained settlements under this statute. He has also represented insurers in cases where law enforcement agencies have been interested in pursuing criminal sanctions for the violation of the Illinois Fraud Statute.


Mr. Sudekum supervises all appeals. He is assisted primarily by Florence M. Schumacher. Ms. Schumacher served as a staff attorney from 1991 to 1993 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, Georgia. She has extensive trial and appellate experience.