WWM Hires Five New Attorneys

Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP (WWM) is pleased to announce the hiring of five new attorneys: Christopher J. Shannon; Mike J. Prather; Gauri Chopra, Kaitlin M. Calov and Nick Hamblen.

Christopher J. Shannon comes to the firm from Colorado where he represented clients in claim investigation, coverage analysis, examinations under oath, arbitration and litigation.  He has experience in various matters including professional liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, construction defect, personal injury and employment.  In addition, Chris routinely writes and speaks to insurers regarding developments in insurance law and bad faith claims.

Mike J. Prather regularly represents and advises clients from individuals to multi-national companies, on a wide range of matters including product liability, construction defects, professional negligence, oil and gas, insurance bad faith and catastrophic injury and death.  He has investigated, defended and prosecuted claims through the United States as well as Latin America and Europe.  In addition to his extensive experience Mike has an AV Preeminent® rating.

Gauri Chopra represents domestic and international insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes involving environmental, asbestos, product liability and professional liability claims.  In addition to practicing in Chicago, she has worked in house for Insurers in Bermuda and New Jersey.  Gauri is admitted in Illinois, New York, and Solicitor, England and Wales.

Kaitlin M. Calov graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School graduate (2013).  During law school she externed for the Illinois Appellate Court.  She focuses her practice in the areas of complex insurance coverage litigation and claims analysis.  Kaitlin has experience representing clients in matters involving environmental contamination, construction defects and third-party claims arising out of mass tort litigation.

Nick Hamblen is a recent JD/MIEBL graduate of DePaul University Law School (2016).  In addition to clerking for WWM before graduation, Nick interned in the Franklin County Circuit Court in Kentucky. While in law school, Nick completed a semester oversees studying at Universidad Pontificia Comillas and also received Honorable Mention for the Best Claimant Brief in the Vis East Moot Arbitration Competition in Hong Kong.

The addition of Christopher, Mike, Gauri, Kaitlin and Nick are vital in WWM’s efforts to continue providing exceptional, client-centric services to both our domestic and international clients.