Bradley C. Nahrstadt, Esq.
Bradley C. Nahrstadt is a partner of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis, Ltd., serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, is co-chair of the insurance coverage practice group, and a member of the product liability, professional liability and tort defense practice groups. He focuses his practice on defending product liability, professional liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, and bad faith and commercial matters in state and federal courts around the country, and also has handled a number of matters at the appellate level. Mr. Nahrstadt serves as chair of the Primerus Defense Institute and has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He is “AV Preeminent” peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.
Mr. Nahrstadt has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for product liability defense and medical malpractice defense. In 2007, 2010 and 2011, he was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers for product liability defense, and in 2006 was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch.”
In the product liability area, Mr. Nahrstadt has litigated cases involving a wide variety of products, including fine grinding machines, silicone breast implants, dietary supplements, automobile axles, hydraulic automotive lifts, hydraulic jacks, brakes, clutches, child safety seats, chemical floor wax strippers, signal components, genetically engineered corn, rewinders, pharmaceuticals, thermal oxidizers, gravimetric feeders, welding rods and contact lens solution. Mr. Nahrstadt has served as regional counsel for a national testing laboratory, regional counsel for a large consumer of welding rods, and regional counsel for one of the leading optical manufacturers in the country. He currently serves as regional counsel in asbestos litigation for a major brake and clutch manufacturer.
As part of his general tort defense practice, Mr. Nahrstadt has represented trucking companies in large-scale accident cases, entertainment venues in cases alleging negligence in the provision of security, and retailers in cases alleging failure to provide a safe business environment. He also has defended general contractors and subcontractors in suits alleging unsafe construction practices.
Mr. Nahrstadt has represented a wide variety of professionals in cases involving claims of malpractice or misfeasance. He has defended insurance agents and brokers in claims alleging fraud and misrepresentation. He has defended nurses and physicians in dozens of malpractice actions. He also has defended engineers, architects and nursing home operators against claims of professional negligence.
As co-chair of the firm’s insurance coverage practice group, Mr. Nahrstadt has served as Chicago counsel for a number of insurance companies, including Progressive Insurance Company, Allianz Insurance Company, Capitol Insurance Company and Endurance. He has been involved in counseling insurance clients regarding the handling of claims. He has prosecuted and defended declaratory judgment actions seeking judicial interpretation of various provisions of general liability and commercial auto policies, and has defended numerous claims alleging insurance company bad faith.
Product Liability, Professional Liability, Insurance, Labor & Employment, Class Action & MDL Litigation
Mr. Nahrstadt received a B.A. in English and political science, summa cum laude, with distinction, in 1989 from Monmouth College. He received his J.D., cum laude, in 1992 from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at DePaul University College of Law and for several years taught a course on litigation as part of the paralegal studies program at the College of Lake County.
Mr. Nahrstadt was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992, and also has been admitted in the following federal trial and appellate courts:
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including the trial bar)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
Since April 2010, Mr. Nahrstadt has served as chair of the Primerus Defense Institute, a consortium of 87 small- to medium-sized defense firms located throughout the country. He also serves on the Primerus Leadership Counsel and recently agreed to serve as the inaugural chair of the Primerus Education Committee.
Mr. Nahrstadt is active in numerous professional organizations, including:
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Board of Directors
- Defense Research Institute, webinar chairman, Electronic Discovery Committee
- The Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court, membership co-chair, Executive Committee
- The Council on Litigation Management
- Professional Liability Underwriters Society
- Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
- International Association of Defense Counsel
In addition, Mr. Nahrstadt has served as a member of the Monmouth College Board of Trustees since 2002. He is a member of the board of governors of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has served as the fraternity’s district governor for Illinois since 2007.
Mr. Nahrstadt is the author or co-author of 70 articles on a wide variety of legal topics and has contributed more than two dozen book chapters to various legal publications. He has served as the general editor of two highly regarded legal reference works: Illinois Product Liability Practice and Illinois Insurance Law. He also is a frequent speaker on legal topics.
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