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Marc S. Lauerman

Marc S. Lauerman

Senior Counsel

Chicago
312 601 9543
mlauerman@christensenlaw.com
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Practices

For over 25 years, Marc has represented clients in a wide variety of complex commercial cases, focusing on insurance coverage and construction disputes, but also handling contract, licensing and securities matters. Marc specializes in complex, often technical issues. Marc has worked closely with testifying experts in the etiology of asbestos-related diseases, the fate and transport of groundwater contamination, the manner in which a mortar additive attacked the buildings in which it was used, and how the defense industry orders and pays for subcontracting work.

Representative cases:


Represented major insurance company in Keasbey litigation. Worked with medical experts to present evidence on how and when asbestos inhalation caused malignant and nonmalignant asbestos-related disease; that testimony was found to be “largely uncontroverted” that “one indisputable fact” is that “actual injury . . . does not occur upon exposure” to asbestos. The result was no coverage. Continental Cas. Co. v. Employers Ins. Co. of Wausau, 871 N.Y.S.2d 48, 61-62 (N.Y.App. 1st Dept. 2008).

Counsel for national insurer in coverage litigation in New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Texas, Delaware, Illinois, California, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota involving asbestos claims, including trigger of coverage issues decided in the Keasbey case.

Represented national insurer in coverage cases involving Dow Chemical. Worked with construction experts to demonstrate the "injury in fact” to buildings that included mortar additive, Sarabond, did not occur immediately. Dow Chemical Co. v. Associated Indemn. Corp., 1991 WL 568033 (E.D. Mich. 1991).

Co-lead counsel for small business/computer consulting firm that recovered a multimillion dollar jury award based on oral contracts from major defense contractor.

Counsel for construction company in successful defense of $95 million construction defect arbitration.

Marc's most recent article is "Using Modern Medical Evidence and the Keasbey Decision to Defend Asbestos Coverage Suits," The Voice (DRI), 13:39 (2014). He is a member of the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois and Leading Lawyer Network, 2011-2014.

Education

  • Pitzer College, B.A., 1979
  • University of Wisconsin, J.D., 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1987

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court,
    Northern District of Illinois