Terrence McAvoy has more than 30 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.

Professional Background

Mr. McAvoy joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in June 1987.

He is the past Chairman of the CBA's Committee on Attorney Malpractice.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, in Chicago, Illinois, March 2010


Terry is the editor of Hinshaw's Lawyers for the Profession® alerts 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.

  • Co-Author, Chapter 4, "Attorney Liability to Adversaries and Other Third Parties," Attorneys' Legal Liability, IICLE 2018 Edition
  • "Trial Court's Error in Underlying Case Was Superseding Cause of Plaintiffs' Claimed Damages," DRI The Voice 17, October 14, 2016
  • Co-Author, Chapter 4, "Attorney Liability to Adversaries and Other Third Parties," Attorneys' Legal Liability, IICLE 2014 Edition

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J.D., with distinction, The John Marshall Law School, 1987

  • John Marshall Law Review, Member

B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983