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Stacey L. Seneczko is an experienced litigator, representing a wide range of professionals in a variety of claims. Her client base includes lawyers, realtors, architects, engineers, physicians, and hospitals. She has defended manufacturers in products liability, including thousands of toxic torts and environmental cases. She has successfully defended local units of government in personal injury cases, malicious prosecution, excessive force, police pursuits and complex commercial disputes. Ms. Seneczko has steered over 12 trials to verdict in favor of the defense and has successfully handled 15 appeals, including 3 oral arguments. She is recognized for her decisive, proactive decision-making and taking calculated strides to ensure success, while protecting reputations and legal interests. She consults on risk management issues and developing best practices. She also lectures on trending topics affecting lawyers and the legal community.

Professional Background

Ms. Seneczko joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in December 1996. She has been able to use her experience as a law clerk for the Second District Appellate Court in her appellate practice wherein she has successfully represented a variety of clients. One of the cases handled by Ms. Seneczko, both at the trial level and on appeal, Henrich v. Libertyville High School, is frequently cited for its favorable interpretation of statutory immunities.

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
  • Jefferson Inns of Court

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in the following categories:  Professional Malpractice Defense, including Legal/Technical/Financial; Civil Appellate Law; Products Liability Defense Law; and Toxic Torts Defense Law.
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability

Presentations

  • "Avoiding and Defending Claims of Legal Malpractice," Lake County Bar Association's 18th Annual Civil Trial & Appeals Seminar at the Kenosha Country Club, Somers, Wisconsin, May 2016.

  • "What You Need to Tell Your Client When You Make a Mistake," West LegalEdCenter live webcast, July 2015.

  • "Building Community to Build Your Business - Leveraging social media," 2015 Law Bulletin Ethics Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 2015. 

  • "The Infectious Client in the World of Client Mobility — Whose Problem is it Anyway?," West LegalEdcenter live webcast, December 2014.
  • "Getting Yourself out of Hot Water: Trends, Getting to Closure, and the Interrelationship with the Malpractice Claim," and "The Infectious Client in the World of Client Mobility - Whose Problem is it Anyway?," 2014 Risk Management Seminar Lake County Bar Association, Lake Forest, Illinois, October 2014.  

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Southern Illinois University College of Law, 1989

B.S., Southern Illinois University, 1986

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