Philip Kujawa's national law practice is focused primarily in the areas of commercial and tort litigation, with particular emphasis on the representation of alarm and security service companies in catastrophic claims and contract matters. Mr. Kujawa's clients include Fortune 100 companies and national and regionally based alarm and security service companies. He serves as lead national counsel for all alarm and security companies for a major insurance company.
Mr. Kujawa joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in January 1992.
- Illinois State Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
- Defense Research Institute
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago
- Practising Law Institute
Honors & Awards
- Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
- Member of the Leading Lawyers Network where he was selected by his peers as a Top Lawyer in the Nation
Mr. Kujawa's representative matters include:
- Successful defense of an alarm company in a catastrophic industrial fire loss with claimed property damages in excess of $290 million (the second largest property loss in 2001 following only the damages to the World Trade Center in New York City). The settlement obtained for the alarm company was 10% of the applicable insurance coverage limit. The case resulted in a $39.5 million jury verdict against a non-settling defendant, the largest jury verdict in Iowa's history.
- Successful defense of an alarm company in theft suit seeking in excess of $7.5 million and punitive damages. After a complete victory at the trial court level, the case was remanded by the appellate court for further proceedings on a narrow issue. The case was settled for 10% of the applicable insurance coverage limit.
- Successful representation of alarm companies in numerous cases involving exposure beyond the applicable insurance coverage limits without formal litigation by pressing enforceability of contract terms and through the utilization of leading national experts in the alarm industry.
- Successful representation of a governmental land owner seeking recovery of costs voluntarily expended in the remediation of environmental contamination. After obtaining successful rulings from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, a significant settlement was obtained from the parent corporation of a former tenant.
Successful representation of an alarm monitoring company in litigation arising out of a residential fire resulting in the deaths of two residents and two responding firefighters. Although the alarm monitoring company reported the fire on a non-emergency line, through extensive discovery and utilization of leading national experts, the company who sold and installed the alarm system was contractually responsible for the vast majority of the extensive damages arising out of the various wrongful death claims.
- Lead trial counsel for a Fortune 10 corporation paraded as the target defendant in a multiparty suit brought by a union electrician who suffered catastrophic injures in an electrocution accident. The initial settlement demand was $16,000,000 and the case resolved on the eve of the jury rial for a settlement paid by subcontractors' insurers. The case was aggressively litigated for nearly five years with nationally renowned liability and damage experts without incurring any cost to the client for either defense or indemnity.
Mr. Kujawa’s presentations include:
- "Issues Involving Property Management Company Contracts, " NetOne Program, Des Moines, Iowa, September 2015.
- "Key Contract Issues in the Alarm Industry," Notifier by Honeywell's 25th Annual Leadership Conference, Boca Raton, Florida, October 2014.
- "Alarm Contract Issues," Per Mar Security Services 2014 Kick Off conference, Moline, Illinois, February 2014.
- "Contractual Liability and Risk Management," Honeywell CONNECT 2013, Los Angeles, California, November 2013.
- "Legal Issues that Will Affect your Business in 2010 and Beyond,” National Counsel on Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2010.
- “Managing Your Risk in Future Litigation,” Electronic Security Expo (ESX), Nashville, Tennessee, June 2008.
- “Litigation Action Plan,” Security Network of America, Rosemont, Illinois, May 2007.
Mr. Kujawa has authored or co-authored numerous published articles, including:
- Limiting Lawsuit Liability," author, Security Dealer & Integrator, August 12, 2015.
Case Law: When PERS Does More Than Intended," author, Security Dealer & Integrator, October, 2014.
- "Residential Security: War on Early Termination Fees," author, SecurityInfoWatch.com, February 6, 2014.
- “Changing of the Guard,” Security Management, July 2011.
- “The Professional Liability and Reinsurance Supplement,” Liability Insurance IICLE.
- “Issues Involving Excess Insurance,” 10th Annual Insurance, Excess, and Reinsurance Coverage Disputes, Practicing Law Institute.
- “The Casualty Claim File: Protection And Disclosure,” CPCU Journal, September 1993.
He has also authored numerous in-house training manuals for Hinshaw University, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's continuing education program.
- February 24, 2015Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- August 28, 2012Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- Security Company’s Ambiguous Contractual Language May Create Duty to Protect Residents Against Third Party Criminal ActsAugust 16, 2012Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- September 16, 2011Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- October 27, 2010Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- Federal Court Enforces Exculpatory Clause in Residential Alarm Contract Even Though Alarm Company Was Likely NegligentJune 24, 2010Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- May 17, 2010Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- February 25, 2010Alarm & Security Services Industry Alert
- February 1, 2010
Phil was born, raised and continues to reside in Chicago (not in a suburb) and he is an avid fan of most of his hometown sports teams.
Mr. Kujawa is actively involved in the community, having served two terms as President of the Beverly Improvement Association, a civic group representing the interests of over 1,400 homeowners and small business owners in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. He also served on the Beverly Improvement Association’s Board of Directors and is active in other civic and charitable organizations, including the Chicago Principal for a Day program in 2009. He volunteers with the Wills for Heroes program, which provides essential legal documents free of charge to first responders associated with the Chicago Police and Fire Departments.
J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1991
B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, 1986
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois