Craig T. Liljestrand has extensive experience in the areas of toxic tort, products liability and environmental litigation. He is recognized for his litigation and trial skills in the areas of asbestos, silica, welding fumes, lead paint and occupational disease claims.
His client base is expansive, and includes Fortune 500 companies in which he has successfully defended various industrial product and equipment manufacturers, contractors and premises owners in numerous toxic tort/environmental cases throughout the country.
Mr. Liljestrand and his Team were recently victorious and made favorable new law in the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of employers involved in toxic/ mass tort litigation. Mr. Liljestrand also has extensive experience with multi-district litigation (MDL), and is recognized for his ability to handle litigation that is national in jurisdiction.
In addition, he counsels and advises clients on toxic tort issues in purchase and sale agreements for commercial real estate. Mr. Liljestrand also is the regional counsel for a major industrial manufacturer.
Mr. Liljestrand has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2012. He has published a monthly column within the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, entitled, “Toxic Tort Talk,” for many years.
He has served on the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee, Executive Committee and has also served as an instructor in the firm’s training program for associate attorneys, Hinshaw University. Mr. Liljestrand is active professionally and is an active member of the Defense Research Institute.
Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Mr. Liljestrand was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Doyle A. Rowland in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He was on the Executive Editorial Board for the law review (Software Law Journal) during law school.
Professional Affiliations :
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
- Federal Bar Association (FBA), Community Service and Outreach Committee, Member, 2018 – 2021
Representative Matters :
- Folta v. Ferro Engineering, 43 N.E.3d 108 (IL. Sup. Ct. 2015). Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiff cannot sue former employer in tort in an asbestos/toxic tort action.
- Berry v. American Standard, Inc., 888 N.E.2d 740 (5th Dist. 2008). Summary Judgment. Denial of the use of deceased plaintiff’s discovery deposition as admissible evidence to defeat defendant’s summary judgment motion.
- J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1990
- B.A., with honors, Eastern Illinois University, 1987
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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