Terrence McAvoy has more than 25 years of civil litigation practice experience in state and federal court, concentrating in the defense of professional liability claims. He has represented hundreds of attorneys and law firms in the defense of wide-ranging claims, including legal malpractice/professional negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, common law fraud, violations of the Consumer Fraud Act, defamation and disciplinary matters. Mr. McAvoy also represents physicians, dentists and other professionals in malpractice litigation. He is also coverage and claims counsel for a national professional liability insurer.
Mr. McAvoy has tried many cases and has been involved in numerous appeals. He has also represented insureds and insurers in declaratory judgment actions involving the interpretation of various types of professional liability and commercial liability insurance policies.
Mr. McAvoy joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in June 1987.
He is the past Chairman of the CBA’s Committee on Attorney Malpractice.
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
- Defense Research Institute
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS)
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 Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Professional Malpractice Defense Law
"Current Issues in Conflict-of-Interest Situations: Understanding and Managing Conflicts of Interest," Chicago Bar Association Committee Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, May 3, 2017.
"Three's Company: Navigating the Winding Road of the Insurer, Insured and Defense Counsel," West LegalEdcenter live webcast, March 2013.
- "The Significant New Decisions Affecting Litigation Attorneys," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2013.
- "What's Your Little Secret? They Want to Know," at Hinshaw's annual Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, in Chicago, Illinois, March 2010.
Editor of Hinshaw’s quarterly newsletter, "The Lawyers’ Professional Liability Update" and a past editor of "The Lawyers’ Lawyer Newsletter," which address recent developments and cases in professional liability law, risk management and malpractice prevention issues.
- "Trial Court's Error in Underlying Case Was Superseding Cause of Plaintiffs' Claimed Damages," DRI The Voice 17, October 14, 2016.
- "Attorney Liability to Adversaries and Other Third Parties," co-authored, chapter 4, Attorneys' Legal Liability, 2014 edition.
- DRI Professional Perspectives: Failure to Plead "But for" Causation Leads to Dismissal of Malpractice ClaimFebruary 7, 2017DRI Professional Perspectives
- October 27, 2016
- October 13, 2014
- Terrence McAvoy and Justin Penn Co-Author IICLE Article on "Attorney Liability to Adversaries and Other Third Parties"August 8, 2012
- Trial Court's Error In Underlying Case Was Superseding Cause Of Plaintiffs' Claimed Damages
- Only Current Shareholder can Bring Derivative Legal Malpractice Claim Against Counsel for the Corporation
- California Weighs In on In-Firm Privilege
- LFP Alert — Under Dual Representation Doctrine, Attorney-Client Privilege Generally Does Not Apply to Communications Related to Matters on Which the Attorney Represents Both Clients Adam R. Vaught, Terrence P. McAvoy
- LFP Alert — Illinois Supreme Court Addresses Calculation of Damages in Legal Malpractice Action
- LFP Alert — Plaintiff's Failure to have Expert Define the Standard of Care was Fatal to Claim
- LFP Alert — Insurer Ordered to Produce Communications With its Counsel Regarding Settlement of Bad Faith Claim, Which Led to Legal Malpractice Action Against Defense Counsel
- LFP Alert — California Court Awards Attorneys' Fees in Legal Malpractice Case Based on Rates that Exceeded the Actual Amounts Billed Katherine G. Schnake, Terrence P. McAvoy
- LFP Alert – Unfinished Business Doctrine no Longer Applicable to New York Law Firms
Lawyers for the Profession®
- July 20, 2017Lawyers for the Profession®
- Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $1.5 Billion Malpractice Claim Filed by Lenders Against Borrower's Law Firm Because it Owed No Duty to LendersJuly 17, 2017Lawyers for the Profession®
- June 28, 2017Lawyers for the Profession®
- March 28, 2017Lawyers for the Profession®
- State Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Legal Malpractice Claim That Required Court To Resolve Federal Issues Relating To Scope, Validity Or Infringement Of PatentMarch 16, 2017Lawyers for the Profession®
- Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Malpractice Claim Based on Plaintiff's Failure to Plead "But For" CausationJanuary 9, 2017Lawyers for the Profession®
- September 20, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- September 6, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- August 25, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- August 22, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- July 13, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- Illinois Appellate Court Holds That Legal Malpractice Claim Was Barred by Six-Year Statute of Repose, and Collateral Estoppel Precluded Fraudulent Concealment ClaimJuly 5, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- June 24, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- Absent a Fee-Sharing Agreement Signed by Client, Referring Attorney Cannot Recover Fees From Receiving AttorneyApril 20, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- March 22, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- February 16, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- January 11, 2016Lawyers for the Profession® Alert
- December 16, 2015Lawyers for the Profession® Alert
- October 29, 2015Lawyers for the Profession® Alert
- October 21, 2015Lawyers for the Profession® Alert
J.D., with distinction, The John Marshall Law School, 1987
- Member, John Marshall Law Review
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois