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Charles J. Prochaska

Associate

Practice Areas

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2010

University of Illinois, B.A., 2007, with distinction 

Admissions

Illinois

Chuck’s clients appreciate his ability to assess a case in its totality and advocate on their behalf. He previously worked for the Cook County States Attorney’s Office for 8 years. He has tried more than 50 criminal felony cases to verdict in Cook County, including 13 felony jury trials.

As a former prosecutor, Chuck understands the importance of conducing in-depth investigations and mastering the facts of each case. He brings his investigative skills to the commercial litigation world to help clients shed light on the truth within their case. As a member of the firm’s Tort Litigation Practice Group, Chuck represents clients in the construction, government entities and insurance industries. He assists clients with matters relating to catastrophic events, premises liability, and negligence.

Chuck has been an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law since 2012, where he teaches courses on trial advocacy, evidence, and legal ethics.

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in a premises liability case in Cook County on behalf of a home remodeler based on no duty owed to the minor plaintiff under Kahn doctrine and no proof of proximate cause
  • Won motion to dismiss 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 claims for failure to state a claim in Northern District of Illinois on behalf of condominium association where tenant was evicted due to incarceration for homicide
  • Obtained a verdict at arbitration in favor of a driver alleged to have caused a car accident where evidence showed that the plaintiff ran a red light
  • Obtained a verdict at arbitration in favor of a driver alleged to have struck a pedestrian trespassing at a car dealership
  • Secured pre-suit not guilty verdict at trial for a client cited with failure to reduce speed where claimant was traveling dangerously below speed limit on a rural expressway with an equipment malfunction
  • Won summary judgment on a snow and ice slip and fall case in DuPage County that specifically focused on whether a snow and ice removal contractor’s liability for injury stems in common law negligence or in contract