During his years of practice, Mr. Cunningham has handled all forms of civil litigation with special emphasis on the trial practice of professional negligence cases, particularly those involving the medical profession. He has also tried cases involving products liability, the Structural Work Act of the State of Illinois, and numerous other civil jury trials involving catastrophic injury. He also has been retained to defend medical malpractice carriers when suits are filed. He has successfully defended two cases of alleged bad faith. He has been asked to be on the Birth Trauma Team of CNA Insurance, being one of nine attorneys from the country retained to review their most severe cases and aid in their defense throughout the Midwest. He is also a member of the ISMIE Mutual Legislative Committee.
In 2000, Mr. Cunningham was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership to the American College of Trial Lawyers is reserved for those considered to be in the top 1 percent of trial attorneys in any given state and member is available only invitation. The American College, according to its by-laws, only awards membership to those who are considered “unquestionably and eminently qualified.”
Mr. Cunningham has also been appointed as a member to select group known as the “Leading Lawyers Network.” The association is comprised of only those attorneys who have received confirmation via a statewide vote of their peers, of the most distinguished practicing lawyers. As a result of this designation, Mr. Cunningham was featured in the January/February 2004 issue of West Suburban Living Magazine in an article entitled “Raising the Bar”.
As a distinguished DePaul College of Law alumnus, Mr. Cunningham’s accomplishments were profiled in an article titled, “Civil Excellence: DePaul Personal Injury Litigators,” appearing in the Winter 2000 issue of Dialogue, the magazine of DePaul College of Law.
Mr. Cunningham is also on the Executive Committee of the Delnor Community Health Care Foundation and was recently named to the Advisory Council for the School of Management at Saint Xavier University.
Mr. Cunningham has spoken to numerous groups over the years on the subject of various aspects of civil jury trials, particularly in the medical negligence area and has also spoken to numerous insurance companies, including Medical Protective Company, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, and The Doctors Company. He spoke at the annual PIAA meeting in Seattle with regard to the subject of bad faith litigation and has addressed that topic in lectures before a number of insurance companies. He currently serves as a guest lecturer at St. Xavier University for the Graham School of Business.