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General Defense


150 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60606

Established: 1991

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Construction
  • Mass Tort
  • Environmental Law
  • Casualty
  • Insurance Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Medical Devices
  • Automobile
  • Bodily Injury
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Federal Employer Liability Claims (FELA)
  • Railroad Law
  • Transportation
  • Mold Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Defect

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About Us

Gunty & McCarthy has been in business since 1991 and has extensive experience handing all types of insurance defense matters spanning these 27 years. We still have clients we started representing all these years ago. In that time, we have handled thousands of cases for a large number of insurance companies in a fiscally efficient manner with consistently positive results. Our lawyers have a combined 125 years of litigation experience. Since our inception, we have always had females in positions of authority, and our attorneys and staff have a broad range of backgrounds and experience. This diversity allows for unique perspectives in defending and resolving cases on behalf of our clients.

We always keep the best interests of our clients in mind and work together with our clients and their insurers as a team to resolve all matters in controversy as favorably and cost effectively as possible. Gunty & McCarthy lawyers stand ready to try any case that cannot be otherwise resolved by motion or settlement, and we have an impressive trial track record. Judges recognize us as fair but aggressive lawyers and our adversaries know we are strong professionally but responsible and reputable. Our goal is to see to it that our clients benefit from our expertise, our reputation and our strength. The breadth of our experience and the relationship we have with our clients and their insurers sets us apart.

Below are additional examples of how we defend assigned cases:

In 2011-2012, we defended the diacetyl claims of 22 plaintiffs in Cook County, IL who all claimed exposure to diacetyl products allegedly supplied by our client to their jobsite. Through mountains of paper discovery and numerous witness depositions, we proved there were no records available that placed our products at the relevant jobsite during the years when the plaintiffs were working there. Paul Van Lysebettens was the partner on these matters with one associate assisting. Plaintiffs were originally consolidated in a single case, which is contrary to Illinois law. We argued to the court that the claimants needed to plead their causes of action separately and after 2 hours of oral arguments, the court finally conceded we were right. The plaintiffs were forced to re-plead separately. We filed motions to dismiss in response to the plaintiffs' amended complaints but rather than argue those motions, the plaintiffs’ counsel agreed to dismiss all 22 claims as against our client.

Madison County Asbestos Litigation- participation in creation of MMSEA procedures for settlements from 2010 to 2012, we participated on behalf of all our asbestos insureds with numerous co-defense counsel in both Cook and Madison Counties, IL in creating court approved procedures for handling settlements in light of the then-recent changes in Medicare reporting requirements from CMS for the 2 major Illinois asbestos jurisdictions. In Madison County, we assisted in the creation of release language as well as forms and procedures for deadlines and requirements for plaintiff firms to meet, backed by a C-2 agreement signed by the plaintiffs’ counsels, which provides for indemnification from plaintiffs' counsels for any damages or penalties resulting from plaintiffs’ counsels’ failure to satisfy Medicare rights of recovery. This is the only jurisdiction that uses the C-2 Agreement.

In Cook County, plaintiff counsels were not willing to agree to the C-2 agreement format. Alternatively, we negotiated an agreed order to the satisfaction of our carrier clients which plaintiffs' counsels would execute, requiring them to accomplish certain tasks in the CMS reporting process, including providing relevant Medicare information, reporting the settlement and the ultimate satisfaction of the Medicare right of recovery in its entirety. Should plaintiffs’ counsels violate this order, defendants then can sue them for violation of the court order. These procedures are still widely used by most of our insureds in the respective jurisdictions.

Starting in 2014, Gunty & McCarthy filed the first motion pursuing Personal Jurisdiction dismissals in Illinois pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 571 U.S. __, 134 S.Ct. 746 (2014) and its progeny. To this day, Gunty & McCarthy is still leading the way in pursuing this defense and the innovative attacks of the plaintiffs' bar against this defense.

We continue to obtain dismissals for corporate clients who are erroneously brought into Madison County, IL asbestos litigation cases based on what is believed to be corporate successor liability. We are able to obtain these dismissals by navigating plaintiffs' counsels through convoluted corporate documents and/or corporate histories to demonstrate no liabilities held by our clients.

We pride ourselves on obtaining dismissals for our clients as soon as practical. When other firms work up a file and only then decide to resolve a case, we pursue dismissals as quickly as possible, sometimes even before incurring the expense of filing initial responsive pleadings. Our commitment to saving fees and expenses costs us revenue in the short run but we believe we are duty bound to defend all clients in this manner. Gunty & McCarthy does not charge a higher rate for partners as we expect all our lawyers to work with a partner. We do not believe that level of expertise should cost our clients and their carriers more. We look forward to serving your civil defense needs. Contact us when you need a good and solid law firm handling all your defense needs.

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Additional Locations

  • Edwardsville, Illinois
  • 201 Hillsboro Avenue, Suite 204
  • Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
    • Telephone: 618-659-3690
    • Fax: 618-659-4630

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Acme Holding Company, Inc.
  • Ajax Electric
  • Apex Oil Company, Inc.
  • Alaska Power & Telephone Company
  • The A. Louis Supply Co.
  • Altra Industrial Motion, Inc. f/k/a Colfax
  • Bearing Headquarters Company
  • Betts Industries, Inc.
  • The BILCO Company
  • Boylston Steam Specialty, Co.
  • The Budd Company
  • CHS Inc.
  • Compressor Elements
  • Consolidated Edison Company
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
  • Corn Products International, Inc.
  • Crane Co.
  • Dossert Corporation
  • Edelbrock, LLC
  • Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas
  • Endeavor General Agency, LLC
  • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
  • Federated Development, LLC
  • P.T. Ferro Construction Co.
  • Fluid Concepts, Inc.
  • General Medical Corporation
  • General Tool Company
  • The H.B. Smith Company, Incorporated
  • Industrial Kiln & Dryer Group
  • International American Management Company
  • International Bakers Services, Inc.
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Kraft Chemical Company
  • LoboStar Inc.
  • Lydall, Inc.
  • Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Company, Inc.
  • Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spas, Inc.
  • Marsh USA, Inc.
  • Meriden Molded Plastics, Inc.
  • Midland Engineering Company, Inc.
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • Navistar, Inc./International Truck and Engine Corporation
  • New Monarch Machine Tool, Inc.
  • Niagara Blower Company
  • North American Salt Company
  • Olson Service Co.
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Pernod Ricard USA LLC
  • Polyglass USA, Inc.
  • Polysius Corporation
  • Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG)
  • Prysmian Cables and Systems USA, LLC
  • Santa Fe International Corporation
  • Scheck Industries
  • Sciaky, Inc.
  • Solar Compounds Corporation
  • Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative
  • Spreckels Sugar Company
  • SPX Corporation
  • Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc.
  • Stauffer Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • Texas Industries, Inc.
  • ThyssenKrupp North America, Inc.
  • ThyssenKrupp Presta Danville, LLC
  • TREATT USA, Inc.
  • UHDE Corporation of America
  • Veolia Water North America
  • Water Application Distribution Group, Inc.
  • WestPoint Home LLC
  • Whitney Automotive Group, Inc.., f/k/a J.C. Whitney & Co.

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Personnel Information

Partners


Susan Gunty

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 38

Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Environmental Property Damage
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1980
  • Missouri, 1995
  • Indiana, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2005
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 1975
  • Loyola University Chicago, M.A., 1977
  • Loyola University Chicago, J.D., 1980

Born: 1953

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James P. McCarthy

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 34

Practice Areas
  • Casualty
  • Construction Defect
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property
  • Construction Risk
  • Commercial Ground Transportation
  • Environmental Property Damage
  • Employment Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2014
Memberships:
  • Illinois State, DuPage County and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Western Loss Association
  • Blue Goose International
  • Workers' Compensation Claims Association
  • Illinois Self Insured Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1981
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1984

Born: 1959

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Paul Van Lysebettens

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 24

Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Asbestos
  • Construction Risk
  • Environmental Property Damage
  • Employment Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
Memberships:
  • American and Illinois State Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • American Conservatory of Music, B.Mus., 1983
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1994

Born: 1961

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James B. Walton

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 10

Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Coverage Issues
  • Subrogation
  • Product Liability
  • Casualty
  • Construction Defect
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property
  • Asbestos
  • Commercial Ground Transportation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Memberships:
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 1998
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2007

Born: 1976

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Associates



Timothy M. Arthurs

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 24

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Defect
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property
  • Construction Risk
  • Commercial Ground Transportation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Education:
  • Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1991
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1994

Born: 1969

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Catherine L. Carlson

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 15

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Asbestos
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2003
  • Indiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2013
Education:
  • Stephens College, B.A., 2000
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2003

Born: 1978

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Stephanie M. Galetti

Edwardsville, IL

Years of Experience: 13

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Casualty
  • Construction Defect
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property
  • Asbestos
  • Construction Risk
  • Commercial Ground Transportation
  • Environmental Property Damage
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2005
  • Missouri, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, 2007
Memberships:
  • American and Illinois State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University, B.A. (cum laude), 2000
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2005

Born: 1977

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Jeremy B. Harris

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 17

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Casualty
  • Asbestos
  • Construction Risk
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2001
Education:
  • The University of Arizona, B.A., 1997
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2000

Born: 1974

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Jarad M. Holmes

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 1

Practice Areas
  • Premises Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Toxic Torts
  • Litigation Defense
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2018
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
Education:
  • Purdue University, B.A., History, 2014
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2018

Born: 1992

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Patricia M. Kelly

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 38

Practice Areas
  • Casualty
  • Property
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Construction Risk
  • Commercial Ground Transportation
  • Environmental Property Damage
  • Employment Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2013
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., 1975
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1980

Born: 1953

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Stephen K. Milott

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 41

Practice Areas
  • Casualty
  • Toxic Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Commerical Ground Transportation
  • Employment Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1977
  • Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
Memberships:
  • American (Former Member), Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
Education:
  • Northeastern Illinois University, B.A., 1971
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (with distinction), 1977

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Paul B. O'Flaherty Jr.

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 38

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Property
  • Casualty
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Asbestos
  • Construction Risk
  • Employment Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1985
Memberships:
  • American and Illinois State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, A.B. (cum laude), 1977
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • The John Marshall Law School, LL.M., 2007

Born: 1955

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Rini Roy

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 1

Practice Areas
  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Asbestos
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2017
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Waterloo, B.A., 2010
  • St. Thomas University, M.Sc., 2013
  • The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, J.D., 2016
Language:
  • Bengali

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Steven B. Weinberg

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 11

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Property
  • Asbestos
  • Environmental Property Damage
  • Commercial
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2010
Education:
  • Kent State University, B.A. (magna cum laude, with honors), 1995
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2007
Military:
U.S. Army, Infantry, 1987-1991; U.S. Army Reserves, 1992-1995

Born: 1971

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