Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys, Robert Chemers, Paula Villela, and Jonathan Federman, recently completed the update of Best’s Insurance Law Digest for Illinois. The digest is linked here: Best’s Insurance Law Digest
Jonathan Federman is a proficient legal writer and skilled litigator. As a former clerk in the Illinois Supreme Court, Jonathan knows what it takes to prevail at the trial and appellate levels. Jonathan understands that courts of law and public opinion value clarity and integrity in all facets of legal advocacy, and that is exactly what Jonathan provides on behalf of his clients.
Jonathan’s practice includes representation of insurance company clients in disputes arising out of commercial general liability, professional liability, business auto, directors and officer and many other types of policies of insurance. Jonathan provides opinions to insurer clients faced with a potential claim as well as representing insurers engaged in declaratory judgment litigation. While Jonathan has proven that he is equipped to litigate and win the most hard-fought and complex coverage cases, he has also demonstrated an ability to find creative, alternative resolutions that are equally satisfying to his clients.
Jonathan’s clerkship in the Illinois Supreme Court is the backbone of his appellate practice. The knowledge Jonathan obtained clerking for the Honorable Justice Thomas L. Kilbride is invaluable. With a perspective few appellate attorneys have, Jonathan, understands what types of arguments and writing style courts of review find persuasive, and Jonathan uses that unique insight to further his clients’ interests on appeal.
In addition, Jonathan has experience in representing clients in general litigation defense, including premises liability, negligence, contract disputes, commercial disputes, business torts, professional liability, and product liability. With great enthusiasm and a strong respect for the law, he enjoys the practice of law and the challenges that go with such practice.
Jonathan is a columnist for the Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly. He also is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys giving back to the community through supporting Illinois Legal Aid Online as a Young Professional Board Member and mentoring law school students and new attorneys.
- The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 2013, summa cum laude
- Illinois State University, B.S. 2006
- Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court
- Illinois State Bar
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Illinois Legal Aid Online Young Professional Board Member – Membership Chair 2017—18
- The John Marshall Law School Jobs Advisory Board Committee
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Articles and Presentations
- “Claims Issues Potpourri,” October 24, 2019, Donald Patrick Eckler, Paula Villela and Jonathan Federman.
- “Cross Examining an Expert Witness: Proper Preparation and Tips,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 3, Jonathan L. Federman, and Paula Villela.
- “We Volunteered to What? Liability for Snow and Ice After Mickens v. CPS Chicago Parking, LLC,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 3, Matthew F. Tibble, Jonathan L. Federman, and Donald Patrick Eckler.
- “The Saga Continues The Further Development of Claims and Insurance Coverage in Construction Defect Cases,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 1, Donald Patrick Eckler and Jonathan Federman.
- Presenter, A Day in the Life of a Cyber-Attack, November 17, 2016
- Presenter, Best Practices for Administrative Law Decisions and Recommendations, August 25, 2017
Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys and staff, David Bennett, Donald Eckler, Jonathan Federman, Quinn Donnelly, Aimee Alvarez, Alex Beehler, Caitlin Donohue, Scott Howie, Kelly Kono, Mary Norris, Paula Villela, and Calvin Townsend, ran in Race Judicata last night. The 5K race benefits Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.
Pretzel & Stouffer attorney, Jonathan Federman, recently spoke at the 2019 Sommer Foundation Annual Reception. The Sommer Foundation provides college scholarships to recent high school graduates who have lost a parent. As a former recipient of a Sommer Foundation scholarship, Jonathan shared his story with the 2019 recipients and the donors who make it possible. ...
Paula Villela and Jonathan Federman have been appointed to be the Evidence and Practice Tips columnists for the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel Quarterly (IDC). They join Scott Howie (Appellate Practice Corner) and Donald Eckler (Civil Practice and Procedure) as columnists for this excellent publication.
Robert Chemers and Jonathan Federman, recently obtained a summary judgment in a 39-page Order for an Illinois professional liability insurer in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The pro se plaintiff filed a direct action suit against the insurer and several attorneys and law firms. The Court held, among other things, that the insurer did not insure any ...
Robert Chemers and Jonathan Federman successfully argued on appeal for a modification of a judgment against its client in a stacking case in Southern Illinois. In a published Opinion, the Appellate Court, 5th District agreed that coverage within a policy of insurance could not be stacked four separate times. The Court agreed that an amended ...
Two motions for summary judgment granted for two clients in two counties on one day. Donald Eckler, Matthew Ligda, and Jonathan Federman obtained summary judgment for two insurers on a claim of bad faith in one case and an alleged violation of the Consumer Fraud Act in another. The bad faith case arose out of ...
The Supreme Court of Illinois allowed a Petition for Leave to Appeal authored by Robert Chemers and Jonathan Federman in an auto insurance bodily injury stacking case. The trial court stacked the $100,000/$300,000 limits 4 times because there were 4 cars on the policy, and the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District, modified that judgment ...
Robert Chemers and Jonathan Federman, successfully argued on appeal for a reversal of the circuit court’s ruling finding coverage pursuant to a professional liability insurance policy as to a motion to adjudicate attorneys’ liens. In a published opinion, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, agreed with Robert and Jonathan that a motion to ...