Morgan G. Churma concentrates his practice on complex litigation, insurance recovery, and employment litigation and counseling. Mr. Churma has represented litigation clients in a variety of multiparty contract disputes, tort litigation, “long tail” insurance coverage, and employment disputes. Outside of litigation, Mr. Churma provides counseling on a variety of insurance coverage and employment matters. The Daily Law Bulletin Publishing Company recognized Mr. Churma as an “Emerging Lawyer” in the field of commercial litigation.
As part of his insurance coverage practice, Mr. Churma has extensive experience advancing allocation, indemnification, defense costs, and bad faith on behalf of corporate policyholders up to and through trial. Mr. Churma regularly counsels clients regarding coverage opportunities by fully evaluating any available policy. Frequently, Mr. Churma successfully challenges reservation of rights and denial of coverage positions from insurers under cyber security, directors and officers, errors and omissions, general liability, employment practices, and municipal liability policies.
As a Special Assistant States Attorney for Cook County, Mr. Churma has represented the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in numerous civil litigation matters alleging, among other claims, First Amendment, civil rights, due process, ADA, Title VII, and discrimination claims. In this capacity, Mr. Churma worked to obtain the successful dismissal of a complaint alleging a variety of civil rights, whistleblower, and retaliation counts.
Mr. Churma regularly counsels clients regarding wage and benefits practices under the Fair Labor Standards Act and related law. Mr. Churma has evaluated and advised clients regarding FLSA exempt status for over 250 positions.
Mr. Churma also has experience representing consumer lending and annuity companies in litigation alleging both tort and regulatory claims.
Mr. Churma received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To further his educational interests, Mr. Churma spent a year abroad studying algebraic structures and group theory at the University of Manchester. Subsequently, Mr. Churma received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude.
While at the College of Law, Mr Churma was the Internet Editor for University of Illinois Law Review, the Executive Editor on the Fredrick Green Moot Board, and a student attorney with the Elder Financial Justice Clinic.