Anatomy of a Premises Liability Case in Illinois

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Produced on: April 27, 2018

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Premises liability actions can take many forms, but generally involve persons injured on someone else’s property. Most lawyers at some point in their career will be presented with a premises liability case, given that thousands of premises liability lawsuits are filed every year in Illinois.  

This program, presented by Chicago-based trial attorney Matthew Passen, will cover various legal, factual, and practical aspects of premises liability actions in Illinois.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss various legal principles governing Illinois premises liability cases
  2. Examine common defenses, immunities and theories of liability
  3. Analyze common factual scenarios leading to premises liability
  4. Explain the importance of building codes, statutes and ordinances
  5. Offer practical recommendations for pre-trial discovery and presenting the case at trial

Faculty

Matthew Passen

Passen Law Group

Matthew Passen, partner with Passen Law Group based in Chicago, represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability actions. In the past year alone, he secured a $10.9 million jury verdict in a strict product liability action against a chemical company, followed two weeks later by a $1,000,000 recovery at trial in a medical malpractice action involving a gallbladder surgery.

Mr. Passen has been recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in Illinois by multiple organizations, including the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, the National Trial Lawyers, and the American Society of Legal Advocates. He has received several other awards and distinctions, including repeatedly being named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and an "Emerging Lawyer" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Mr. Passen is also heavily involved in local and national bar associations.  He is past-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS), which has over 9,000 attorney-members in the Chicagoland area.  He is also Past-President of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Young Professionals Board (YPB), which is dedicated to securing equal access to justice for all members of the community. Mr. Passen currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Foundation, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.  He was recently elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, which is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

Mr. Passen received his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2002, and law degree, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law in 2006. He is also a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, an invitation-only program dedicated to training and educating trial lawyers committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals. Before joining Passen Law Group, he was a litigation associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.

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