Terry A. Fox
Terry Fox is a partner practicing out of SmithAmundsen’s Chicago and St. Charles offices concentrating his practice in tort and employment related litigation. His practice focus includes advising and protecting employer’s rights in all areas of employment disputes, including Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other disputes stemming from similar state and local statutes or ordinances. Terry has significant experience advocating for employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Illinois Human Rights Commission, Cook County Human Rights Commission, and in federal and state trial and appellate courts. He is conversant in E-Discovery issues, having counseled clients on the impact of information systems on litigation. He has obtained injunctive relief against terminated employees to stop post-termination contact through internal communication networks. In close conjunction with employment issues, Terry is involved in insurance coverage, policy drafting, and other risk transfer strategies. Additionally, Terry has over 15 years of experience in residential and commercial construction disputes.
Terry is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts and administrative agencies, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago and Rockford), the Northern District of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a member of the trial bar.
Iowa State University, B.A., 1985, with honors and distinction
University of Iowa, J.D., 1990, with distinction
Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's The Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.
Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.
Co-contributer, "IDC Survey of Law," Illinois Association of Defence Trial Counsel, 2012.
Author, “Defense Counsel as Ethically Challenged or Merely in a Position where Appearance of Impropriety Exists when Insurer and Insured have Conflicts of Interest?,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2012.
Author, "Coin Flipping: The Seventh Circuit’s Construction of Illinois’ Insured-Insurer Conflict of Interest Law," IDC Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 3, July 2011.
Co-presenter "Labor & Employment Law Forum," Valley Industrial Association, Aurora, IL, February 4, 2010.
Chapter Author, “Hearsay in Employment Law Trial Tactics,” Defense Research Institute, 2010.
Author, "Voluntary Payments Clause Held Not To Apply AFTER Lawsuit Tendered to Insurer," IDC Defense Update, Insurance Law, July 2009.
E-Discovery presentations to various groups in the Chicago area.
Presenter, “Insurance Coverage Update,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel seminar, Chicago, IL, Fall 2008.
Panelist, “Betting the Company in the Jury Trial Setting: An Employment Law Seminar,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL, October 25, 2007.
Author, “Hypothetical or Not: Conflicts of Interest Requiring Counsel Selected by Insurer to Disclose,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2007.
Author, “The Insurance Contract and Homeowner’s Insurance Policies,” Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in Illinois, 1999.
Presenter, “How the Law Impacts a Construction Defect Claim Dispute: Legal Duties of Parties in the Construction Process Which Impose Legal Liability in the Event of Breach, Illinois Construction Defect Claims,” Seminar presented 2/29/00, Oak Brook, Illinois.
Recipient: 2011 Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Volunteer of the Year; President’s Commendation in recognition of leadership, generous commitment of time, and exemplary service to the IDC and the defense bar while serving as Co-chair of the 2007 Construction Insurance Symposium, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, June 2008.
Member: Illinois State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Seventh Circuit Bar Association; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Defense Research Institute; and Iowa State University Political Science Department Advisory Board.
Director: Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.
Chair: IDC Insurance Coverage Committee.
Counsel for Angel Wings in Illinois - Pro Bono Services to Members of the Armed Forces.
Board Member: Aurora’s Family Counseling Service and Plum Landing Retirement Home.
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