About the Firm

Cassiday Schade has a 36 year history of litigating cases with impressive results. We handle lawsuits throughout Illinois as well as mass litigation in multiple states, and we act as national or regional counsel for clients facing nationwide exposures. Some of the firm’s recent trial experience includes the defense of class action challenges to allegedly defective medical products, underground storage tank and toxic injury cases, catastrophic birth injury cases, intellectual property and professional liability litigation. In addition to trial and appellate work, our attorneys are often retained before litigation ensues so that risks can be analyzed and prevented.


First District Appellate Court Carves Out Narrow Exception to Petrillo Doctrine

In McChristian v. Brink, 2016 IL App (1st) 152674, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District carved out a narrow exception to the Petrillo doctrine, which traditionally prohibits defense counsel from having ex parte communications with a plaintiff’s treating...


Seventh Circuit Overrules Use of “Direct” and “Indirect” Tests for Analyzing Employment Discrimination Claims

Posted in Employment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has overruled circuit precedent requiring employees to prove bias cases through either a “direct” or an “indirect” method to establish a “convincing mosaic” of discrimination. Ortiz v. Werner...


Limits of Insuring Agreement Tested In 7th Circuit Declaratory Judgment Action Arising Out Of “Pill-Mill” Lawsuit

In an underlying lawsuit pending in the Circuit Court of Boone County, West Virginia, the State of West Virginia (“the State”) filed claims against a number of prescription drug distributors, including H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Company (“H.D. Smith”),...