William W. Kurnik

Of Counsel

PHONE 847-261-0700
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Illinois Office
6300 N. River Road
Suite 121
Rosemont, IL 60018

William W. Kurnik (“Bill”) is one of the principals in the firm and along with one of his partners, heads up the civil rights and public entity teams at their Illinois office. Bill is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Courts in Illinois and Indiana, and in the state courts of Illinois and Indiana. He handled his first civil rights case in 1976 giving him more than thirty-five years of experience in litigating civil rights cases and related state law claims, and has concentrated his personal practice in those areas. Areas of practice include both law enforcement and employment related civil rights cases under all of the employment civil rights acts as well as non-employment based civil rights claims. Of those federal district court cases in which there have been written opinions, a recent survey reports over 130 district court cases where he has appeared as lead counsel for the firm. The federal district court databases reflect that he has appeared in over 400 cases in Illinois and Indiana. He has briefed and argued over 45 cases in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. While civil rights is his area of concentration, he has and continues to defend public entities in general tort cases as well and has “made law” in both the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois and Indiana courts of review.

Bill has frequently lectured to practicing attorneys and to law enforcement administrators and has a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of 5.0.