For more than two decades, Jim Kallianis has represented corporations and individuals in matters ranging from employment disputes to multimillion dollar securities and consumer fraud class actions. Mr. Kallianis also has represented insurers in matters involving directors and officers, cyber, employment practices, general liability and professional liability policies. In addition, he has defended various professionals, including lawyers, real estate brokers, accountants and insurance brokers.
Chambers USA has described Mr. Kallianis as a "brilliant trial lawyer" that is recognized by his peers as someone who "fights hard but conducts himself professionally." He has tried cases in state and federal courts around the country and has argued appeals before state and federal appellate courts.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2015, Mr. Kallianis was a partner in a litigation firm headquartered in Chicago.
- DRI, Insurance Law Committee, Data Management and Security Committee, Member
- DRI, Data Management & Privacy Sub-Committee, Chair
- American Bar Association, Member
- Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member
Honors & Awards
- Recognized in Chambers USA (2010-Present) as a "trial lawyer who possesses in-depth knowledge of a broad range of insurance matters, spanning from D&O and professional liability to construction disputes and consumer fraud class actions.
- Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2009-present)
- Recognized by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of Commercial Litigation; Insurance; Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
- Ingalls Memorial Hospital v. Executive risk Indemnity Inc., Ill. App. (June 30, 2011) Illinois Appellate Court affirmed trial court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of Executive Risk based on insured’s failure to provide timely notice under D&O liability policy.
- Blake v. Transcommunications, Inc., Debtor, Federal Ins. Co., Garnishee, 2007 WL 2155681 (D. Kan. July 26, 2007) District Court entered summary judgment in favor of client D&O insurer based on late notice.
- Federal Ins. Co. v. Arthur Andersen, LLP, N.D. Illinois (2006) Lead attorney for insurer in federal jury trial regarding coverage under fiduciary liability policy for underlying exposure exceeding $100 million resulting in favorable verdict for client.
- Executive Risk Indemnity Inc. v. Chartered Benefit Services, Inc. 2005 WL 1838433 (N.D. Ill. July 29, 2005) District Court entered summary judgment on claims-made and late notice issues in favor of client D&O insurer.
- Skylink Technologies, Inc. v. Assurance Co. of America, 400 F.3d 982 (7th Cir. 2005) Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed judgment in favor of client insurer finding no duty to defend underlying false advertising and copyright infringement action.
- Delcor Associates, Inc. v. Executive Risk Indemnity Inc., Case No. 03-72078 (E.D. Mich. Dec. 21, 2004) District Court entered summary judgment on “prior and/or pending litigation” exclusion in favor of client D&O insurer.
- State of Vermont v. Universal Underwriters Ins. Co. (Oct. 2004) Lead trial attorney for insurer in action by State of Vermont seeking coverage for underlying environmental clean-up expenses. Parties reached settlement favorable to client during trial.
- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 67 Fed. Appx. 382, 2003 WL 21431186 (8th Cir. 2003) Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed judgment in favor of client D&O insurer finding no duty to defend underlying Federal Trade Commission complaint and related private class actions based on policy’s “antitrust” exclusion.
- In Re Reliance Securities Litigation, Civil Action No. 99-858 (Delaware District Court) Lead defense counsel for President and CEO in securities class action arising out of collapse of subprime lender. Parties reached settlement favorable to client on eve of trial.
- Buena Vista Mines, Inc. v. Industrial Indemn. Co., Case No. CV 980903 (Cal. Super. Ct. 2000) Court entered summary judgment in favor of client insurer based on policy’s “pollution exclusion” where insured sought coverage underlying action alleging contamination caused by mine run-off.
- EER Systems, Inc. v. Armfield, Harrison & Thomas, Inc., 1999 WL 1499532 (Va. Cir. Ct. Dec. 31, 1999) Court granted motion to dismiss in action against insurance broker client as sanction for plaintiff’s discovery abuses.
- Hogan v. Piasecki, 1997 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 6858 (N.D. Ill. May 5, 1997) District Court granted motion to dismiss with prejudice claims for insider trading brought against client under 1988 Insider Trading and Securities Fraud Enforcement Act.
- Booker v. Blackburn, 942 F. Supp. 1005 (D.N.J. 1996) District Court entered summary judgment in policy rescission claim in favor of client underwriters.
- Association for Retarded Citizens-Santa Barbara Council v. North American Specialty Ins. Co., 87 F.3d 1317, 1996 WL 343561 (9th Cir. 1996) Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed judgment in favor of client non-profit D&O insurer in policy rescission action based on application misrepresentation.
- "DRI Data Breach and Privacy Law Conference," Program Chair, November 2015.
- "Cyber Liability Class Actions & Litigation and Their Impact on Assessing What Breaches and Resulting Claims are Worth," American Conference Institute’s 10th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance (March 2015).
- "Negotiating and Drafting Cyber Risk Provisions and Policies," Post-Conference Workshop, American Conference Institute’s 10th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance (March 2015).
- "Insurance Coverage Issues Implicated in Data Breach Claims," DRI Data Breach and Privacy Law Conference, September 2014, Program Vice Chair
- "A View from the States: Emerging Regulatory and Enforcement Activities and the Growing Authority of the State AG Offices," American Conference Institute’s 9th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, September 2014
- "Cyber Coverage for Business Interruption as a Result of Denial of Service Attacks," American Conference Institute’s 8th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, March 2014
- "Current Litigation Trends," Chicago Chapter, CPCU Society, April 2011
- "D&O Insurance: Current Topics & Trends," Emerging Issues in Insurance Coverage Litigation, Chicago Bar Association, April 2005
- "Internet Liability: E-Commerce & the Insurance Industry," PLUS International Conference, New York, November 1999
- "D&O Claim Trends (Securities Reform, Year 2000 and Employment Practices Liability)," REBEX ’98, Chicago, 1998
- "Coverage Aspects of Managed Care," PLUS Midwest Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Fall 1998
- Insurance Coverage Issues Implicated in Data-Breach Claims, For the Defense, (Vol. 57, No. 3 March 2015)
- Discovery Overview in Federal and State Courts in Illinois, Business And Commercial Litigation (Ill. Inst. for Cont. Legal Ed. 2014)
- Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board (2010)
- Illinois Insurance Law FlashPoints (IICLE)
- Professional Liability Insurance, Suing And Defending Professionals(Ill. Inst. for Cont. Legal Ed. 1997; Supp. 2001)
- Empowering Corporate Boards to Exercise Greater Control Over Shareholder Derivative Actions, Watson Wyatt’s D&O Newsletter (Summer 1997)
- Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination: How to Minimize Your Risk and Exposure, Bank Director, White Paper on Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance (1994)
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1990
- DePaul Business Journal, Associate Editor
B.A., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1987
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit