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Chicago, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Commercial
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability


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


  • 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 (2017-2019)

Published Legal Writing

  • “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)
  • “Informed Consent in Orthopedic Surgery,” white paper for presentation at annual meeting of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2010)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Impaired Earning Capacity: Defendant’s Perspective,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars, (Peoria IL, 2007; Chicago IL, 2010)
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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)