William F. Cunningham

Cunningham, Meyer and Vedrine, P.C.
Chicago, Illinois 60601

630-260-8600



Areas Of Practice

Business
Commercial
Construction
Contract
Insurance
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Malpractice
Wrongful Death

 
 



Education

DePaul University College of Law,   1971.  

 Career

-        Law Offices of Gates W. Clancy, Geneva and Chicago, Illinois; 1971 to 1974

-        O’Reilly & Quetsch, 1974 to 1975

-        Law Offices of Roger K. O’Reilly, Partner 1975 - 1978

-        O’Reilly & Cunningham; Partner 1978 to 1995

-        Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine; Partner 1995 to present

 Admissions

-        State of Illinois

-        US District Court of the Northern District of Illinois

-        Supreme Court of the United States

 Certification

-        Court Certified Mediator in Cook, Du Page and Kane Counties

 Training

-        Mediation training through the Du Page Bar Association

-        Training as a co-mediator through the Rush Medical Center Co-Mediator Program.

Mr. Cunningham was a committee participant that resulted in the establishment of the Cook County Mediation System that was chaired by Judge Allen Goldberg, and actively uses the mediation system both as an attorney for the parties to mediate and as a mediator.

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. 

4200 Cantera Drive, Suite 112
Warrenville, IL 60555

P: 630-260-8600
F: 630-260-8080
E: [email protected]