Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


33 North LaSalle Street, 14th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2610

Established: 1954

Practice Areas

  • Automobile
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Liability
  • Commercial Transactions
  • COVID-19/Coronavirus
  • Environmental Law
  • Examinations Under Oath
  • General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Employment Liability
  • Franchise


About Us

65 Years of Insurance Defense and Coverage Experience

McKenna Storer advises, counsels and represents a multitude of insurance companies and self-insured entities nationwide. You can trust in our depth of trial experience, a steadfast commitment to defend your interests, and a keen understanding of the liabilities, issues and exposure specific to insurers and industries prone to high-risk.

The goal of any insurance litigation strategy should be quick and cost-effective representation or defense. Our team's extensive experience in mediation and arbitration in a variety of disputes helps effect resolutions before they reach the litigation stage in many cases.

If you're facing a dispute or involved in litigation in one of the matters listed above, our insurance defense law firm can help.

Having successfully defended clients in insurance cases both at the state and federal level, we offer proven strategies that contribute to a positive outcome. Every day, our attorneys construct defense strategies that optimize results for clients in a cost-effective way.

It is our firm belief that being proactive reduces the risk of many legal problems and can avoid expensive, time-consuming litigation. A personalized, detailed and lean approach has helped us build a successful track record both inside and out of the courtroom.

Having lawyers with expertise in all lines of insurance and levels of court, keeps our clients in a strong position, regardless of the stage of the dispute. With a deep understanding of business, insurance and risk management, we develop creative, effective legal solutions custom-tailored to the particulars of each individual case. As a client, you will also benefit from knowing we never lose sight of the importance of your reputation and its impact on the future of your business.

We're committed to getting our clients the best possible results utilizing the most cost-effective strategy possible to make that happen. We know from experience that sometimes, it is better to negotiate while in other times, going to trial is necessary. All decisions are made in close consultation with you and after outlining the consequences of each action.


Additional Locations

  • Woodstock, Illinois
  • 1004 Courtaulds Drive, Suite A
  • Woodstock, Illinois 60098
    • Telephone: 815-334-9690
    • Fax: 815-334-9697

Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FirstCity Financial Corporation
  • The Krez Group
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • ServiceMaster Company

Personnel Information

Founder


William J. McKenna — (1923-1975)


John F. White — (1929-2002)


Eugene J. Farrug — (1928-2007)


Royce G. Rowe — (1926-2011)


Managing Partner


Sara E. Cook

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 41

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1985
Education:
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., 1975
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1980

Partners


James P. DeNardo

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 54

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1967
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1976
Education:
  • DePaul University, B.A., 1964
  • DePaul University, J.D., 1967

Timothy J. Murtaugh, III

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 59

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1962
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, A.B., 1958
  • University of Michigan, LL.B., 1961

John W. Egan

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 44

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1977
Education:
  • Xavier University, A.B. (cum laude), 1969
  • Fordham University, M.A., 1973
  • Northwestern University, J.D., 1977

Gregory L. Cochran

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 41

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2001
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1977
  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1980

Julie A. Ramson

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 39

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Illinois
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin, B.S.N., 1971
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1982

Robert P. Pisani

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 35

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1983
  • DePaul University, J.D., 1986

Dawn E. Ehrenberg

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 34

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Education:
  • Lewis University, B.A., 1984
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1987

Thomas F. Lucas

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 43

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, 1981
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1975
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1978

Paul S. Steinhofer

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 28

Admitted
  • Indiana, 1993
  • Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2003
Education:
  • Indiana University-Bloomington, B.S., 1988
  • Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, J.D., 1993

Kristin Taurus Dvorsky

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 28

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1994
Education:
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., 1989
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1993

Alexander Sweis

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 12

Admitted
  • Illinois, 2009
Education:
  • DePaul University, B.A., 2005
  • DePaul University, J.D., 2009

Thomas W. Hayes

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 35

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1986
  • Missouri, 2009
Education:
  • United States Military Academy at West Point, B.S., 1978
  • DePaul University, J.D., 1986

Associates


Kelly E. Purkey

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 17

Admitted
  • Illinois, 2004
Education:
  • The University of Arizona, B.A., 1995
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 2004

Milena Crevar

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 3

Admitted
  • Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Education:
  • University of North Florida, B.A. English, 2012
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2016

Joshua Worell

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 12

Admitted
  • Florida, 2009
  • Illinois, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, 2009
Education:
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 2004
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2009

Of Counsel


Andrew D. Bratzel

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 37

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1981
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1984

David A. Shapiro

Chicago, IL

Years of Experience: 41

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1985
Education:
  • Northwestern University, B.S., Communications, 1976
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1980

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