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ROBERT E.
ELWORTH

Partner

relworth@heplerbroom.com

312-205-7720

Chicago, IL

 

Education

  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of Nebraska, B.A. in Political Science; B.A. in Psychology, 1989

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • District of Nebraska

Practice Description


Robert E. Elworth focuses his practice on the defense of complex liability claims, including:

  • Insurance producer and insurance coverage litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Appellate practice

He has represented clients in litigation pending in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, and Louisiana. He has briefed dozens of cases in the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts, the United States Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Iowa Supreme Court, and the Nebraska Court of Appeals. Mr. Elworth also has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

 Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2017)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2017-2020)

Published Legal Writing


  • “Environmental Attorneys’ Amici Briefs Get It Right,” HeplerBroom Blog (October 8, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “What’s the Outlook for Insurance Producers’ Liability if Their Clients’ COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims are Denied?” Hepler Broom Blog (April 20, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.) 
  • “Does an Illinois Insurance Producer Owe a Legal Duty to an Additional Insured on a Policy It Procured? It Certainly Shouldn’t, and Here’s Why,” HeplerBroom Blog (August 29, 2019). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Illinois Supreme Court has Opportunity to Clarify Fiduciary Duties Owed by Insurance Producers to Clients,” HeplerBroom Blog (April 18, 2018). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “Informed Consent in Orthopedic Surgery,” white paper for presentation at annual meeting of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2010).
  • “Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Chapter 6, “Impaired Earning Capacity: Defendant’s Perspective” (2006 and 2009 Supplement).

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “Impaired Earning Capacity: Defendant’s Perspective,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars, (Chicago IL, 2010; Peoria IL, 2007).
  • Various topics and seminars, Claims Association of Greater Chicago (2007–2009).
  • Instructor for Business Law and Environmental Law courses, Roosevelt University (Chicago IL, 1996–1998).

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Bogenberger v. Pi Kappa Alpha Corp., 2018 IL 120951
  • Frulla v. Hyatt Corporation, 2018 IL App (1st) 172329
  • Horlacher v. Cohen, 2017 IL App (1st) 162712
  • RVP, LLC, v. Advantage Insurance Services, Inc., 2017 IL App (3d) 160276
  • Western Cons. Premium Properties, Inc., v. Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc., 845 F.3d 313 (7th Cir. 2017)
  • Office Furnishings, Ltd. v. AF Crissie & Co., 2015 IL App (1st) 141724
  • Andrews v. Metropolitan Water Rec. Dist. Of Greater Chicago, 2019 IL 124283 (amicus)
  • American Family Mutual Insurance Company v. Krop, 2018 IL 122556 (amicus)
  • Carney v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 2016 IL 118984 (amicus)
  • James Kakos, D.D.S. v. Jerry Bauer, M.D., 2016 IL 120377 (amicus)

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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