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Christopher J. Hales

Phone: 312-541-8600
Fax: 312-541-8603

Christopher J. Hales is a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with an emphasis on eminent domain, municipal representation, insurance defense, construction defects, and contract disputes. Mr. Hales has extensive experience litigating employment discrimination and civil rights claims, as well as consumer and non-consumer bankruptcy litigation and proceedings. He also is a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hales garnered extensive litigation experience in handling a wide range of bankruptcy litigation, variously as an advocate on behalf of consumers, corporate debtors, and corporate creditors. He has also extensively litigated bankruptcy matters on behalf of trustees appointed by the United States Trustee for the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Areas

  • Business and Corporate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Employment and Labor
  • Eminent Domain

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court (2003)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
    J.D., 2003
    University of San Diego Law School Study Abroad Program: Florence, Italy, Summer 2001
  • Alma College
    B.S., 2000

Professional Appointments and Memberships

  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association

Prior Experience

  • Associate, Springer, Brown, Covey, Gaertner & Davis LLC (2003-2007)
  • Intern, Law Offices of Chicago-Kent Family Law Clinic (2002-2003)
  • Legal Extern, City of Chicago Law Department, Buildings and Land Use Litigation Division (2002)

Representative Cases

  • IDOT v. Benderson Development Corp. et al, 11 ED 5
    DuPage County verdict represented an amount 90 percent (approximately $1.2 million) lower than the owner-appraiser’s opinion of the damages to remainder while coming in much closer to state agency client’s valuation.
  • IDOT v. V-6 Corp., et al., 09 ED 10
    McHenry County verdict resulted in a refund for the State of Illinois of $290,000 from the preliminary just compensation award.
  • Paladin Political Group v. Bertram C. Johnson, 2013 L 01439
    Cook County verdict in favor of plaintiff against Michigan state senator on the theory of quantum meruit for unpaid campaign services.