Vincenzo Chimera is counsel in the firm’s Chicago office and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice group. Vincenzo concentrates his practice on toxic tort matters, including defense of occupational disease cases and asbestos litigation.
Vincenzo has a proven track record of success for his clients, including second chair trial experience in defense of a steel manufacturer and successful appellate defense in the Illinois First District Appellate Court and U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His experience also includes significant trial court motion practice, including objections to personal jurisdiction and constitutional challenges under the Illinois Special Legislation Clause and vested due process rights.
Vincenzo has extensive experience in all phases of discovery in civil litigation. He has taken numerous depositions of plaintiffs, regularly conducting lead examination in multi-defendant mass tort actions, and depositions of treating physicians and expert witnesses. He provides extensive analysis of toxic exposure claims and liability analysis, providing invaluable contributions for client defense and complex risk management.
- Harris Martin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, September 2021: Issues in Employee Cases
Vincenzo's experience extends to defense of civil rights cases in federal court, pro bono prisoner rights litigation, and defense of product and premises liability, pharmacy negligence, and railroad litigation. He twice prevailed on Rule 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss in federal court addressing the pleading standard in discrimination cases. He also successfully argued a motion to dismiss a time barred claim as precluded from filing under vested due process rights in Illinois state court. Prior to his admission to the bar, Vincenzo served as a judicial extern for Judge Thomas M. Durkin of the Northern District of Illinois and Judge James P. Flannery Jr., presiding judge of the Cook County Law Division. Vincenzo also completed an internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, where he prosecuted petty offenses, prepared a Seventh Circuit brief, and assisted a wire fraud prosecution trial team in obtaining a conviction.
- “Can the New Illinois Asbestos Exemption Amendment to the Construction Statute of Repose Revive Time-Barred Claims?” IADC Committee Newsletter: Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation, May 2015.