Christopher A. Wadley

Christopher WadleyPartner
Phone: 312.244.6717
Fax: 312.244.6800/6801


Chris Wadley has significant experience litigating cases around the country, at both the trial and appellate levels. Chris’s cases have involved, among other things, insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits, business and commercial disputes, and tort litigation. Chris has also counseled insurance companies and policyholders on various coverage matters, and he has counseled other business clients on issues pertaining to compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Some recent highlights of Chris’s practice include:

Insurance Coverage

Business and Tort Claims

  • Obtained jury verdict following trial in favor of home inspection company on negligence claim based on company’s alleged failure to identify hazard that caused fire that destroyed home two weeks after the plaintiffs moved into the home. Whitney v. Power Inspection Services, Inc., No. 13 cv 00899 (Wisc. Cir. Ct., Walworth Cnty. Nov. 5, 2015).
  • Briefed and argued appeal upholding summary judgment in favor of a product manufacturer based upon the application of Texas’s statute of limitations to product-liability claims filed in Washington state court. Hai v. STL Int’l, Inc., No. 43877-1-II, 2014 WL 1494107 (Wash. Ct. App. Apr. 15, 2014).
  • Obtained an order compelling the plaintiffs to arbitrate their claims against an architectural firm in a case in which the plaintiffs claimed that they had been victims of a real estate scheme to defraud investors in connection with the redevelopment of vacant lots in the City of Chicago. Blythe Holdings, Inc. v. Flawless Financial Corp., No. 06-C-5262, 2009 WL 103196 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 15, 2009).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a leading material-science technology company on claims that it breached various technology licensing agreements. SMS Demag Aktiengesellschaft v. Material Sciences Corp., 528 F. Supp. 2d 887 (C.D. Ill. 2007).

Chris has also been involved in various pro bono activities, including assisting the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc. in the representation of individuals against unions and the representation of juveniles in delinquency and expulsion hearings in the Chicago Public Schools.


U.S. District Court, D. Colorado
U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, N.D. Indiana
U.S. District Court, S.D. Indiana
U.S. District Court, D. Nebraska
U.S. District Court, E.D. Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Professional and Community Organizations

American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Legal Clinic
Illinois State Bar Association


Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2018
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2017
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2016
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2015
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2014
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2013
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2012
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2011
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2010
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2009


University of Illinois at Chicago, B.S. (Criminal Justice), with high distinction, 1999
Loyola University, J.D., cum laude, 2002