Dennis Minichello

Dennis Minichello
Shareholder

Contact Info:
Office Telephone: 312.445.5312
Cell Phone: 312.909.1849
E-mail: dminichello@mmr-law.com
Fax: 312.902.9900

Dennis, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from Ohio University and then went on to earn his law degree from Northwestern University after a yearlong stay in Italy as a Fulbright Scholar. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1978 and practices before all Illinois courts and Federal Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and District courts in Illinois, Indiana and other states.

During his career, Dennis has participated in numerous professional organizations including the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association (Chair, Transportation Law Committee, 1993-94); Illinois State Bar Association (Chair, Admiralty and Maritime Law Section Council, 1993-94); Propeller Club, Port of Chicago (President 1983-84, 1994-95, Regional Vice President, 1985-1986); Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor since 1991; Board of Directors, 2010-2013; Chair, Arrangements Committee 2007; Chair, Marine Ecology and Maritime Criminal Law Committee, 2008-2010); past President, Midwest High Speed Rail Coalition; Transportation Lawyers Association; Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy; Conference of Freight Counsel; Board Member, Ohio University Alumni Association (2005-2010) and Chair, 2008-2010. He is also the author of numerous articles and books and has been a presenter at many professional and business seminars.

Practice Areas: general civil litigation in the areas of transportation, admiralty and maritime law, personal injury defense, commercial disputes, products liability, professional errors and omissions, toxic torts, general liability, insurance coverage, sexual misconduct and church law.

Notable cases:

Sisson v. Ruby, 497 U.S. 358 (1990). Successfully represented vessel owner on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of maritime jurisdiction over a fire originating from a docked pleasure vessel. The Supreme Court reversed the Seventh Circuit, and ruled there was maritime jurisdiction, and set new standards for determining maritime jurisdiction.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. v. Calhoun, 519 U.S. 199 (1996). Prepared and filed amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court for the Maritime Law Association on issue of maritime tort remedies for pleasure craft.

Jerome B. Grubart, Inc. v. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., 513 U.S. 527 (1995), prepared and filed amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court regarding maritime jurisdiction over the Chicago tunnel flood litigation.

Schade v. Clausius (Ill. App. 1st Dist., Jan. 15, 2016) (No. 1-14-3162).

Armada (Singapore) Pte. Limited v. Ashapura Minechem Limited, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96470.

Sompo v. NCA, 52217 3d 776 (7th Cir. 2008).

New Hampshire Ins. Co. v. Green Dragon Trading Co., 2008 WL 2477484 (N.D. Ill., June 17, 2008) (No. 08 C 1326).

Raddatz v. Bax Global, Inc., 2008 WL 2435582, June 16, 2008 (No. 07 C 1020).

Campbell v. Bayou Steel Corporation, 2004 WL 11259011 (N.D. Ill.).

U.S. v. All Meat and Poultry Products Stored at LaGrou Cold Storage, 2003 WL 22956394 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 12, 2003) (No. 02 C 5145).

American Nat. Fire Ins. Co. ex rel. Tabacalera Contreras Cigar Co. v. Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., 325 F.3d 924, Fed. Carr. Cas. P 84,281 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Apr. 10, 2003) (Nos. 02-1639, 02-1741)

Dead Sea Periclase, Ltd. v. American Commercial Barge Line Co., 2002 WL 32098292, 2003 A.M.C. 370 (N.D. Ind., Dec. 30, 2002) (No. 2:99 CV 58 AR).

In the Matter of the Complaint of Holly Marine Towing Inc., Owner of the Barge HMT 7, for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability; Holly Marine Towing, Inc. v. Baker Heavy & Highway, Inc., 2003 WL 21920248 (N.D. Ill.).

Ispat Inland, Inc. v. American Commercial Barge Line Co., 2002 WL 32098290, 2003 A.M.C. 370 (N.D. Ind., Sep. 30, 2002) (No. 2:99 CV 58).

In re Complaint of Holly Marine Towing, Inc., 270 F.3d 1086, 2001 A.M.C. 2934 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Oct. 26, 2001) (No. 01-1499).

Bell v. Lakeshore Marine, 2:01-cv-482, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division.

Hoogwegt U.S., Inc. v. Schenker Intern., Inc., 121 F. Supp. 2d 1228 (N.D. Ill., Nov. 30, 2000) (No. 99 C 0081).

Poulos v. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Inc., 312 Ill. App. 3d 731, 728 N.E. 2d 547, 245 Ill. Dec. 465 (Ill. App. 1st Dist., Mar. 24, 2000) (Nos. 1-98-3057, 1-98-3185).

The Tokio Marine and Fire Ins. Co., Ltd., as subrogee of Nisshinbo Industries, Inc., and N.C. MEC USA, Inc., Plaintiffs, v. American President Lines, Ltd. and Clipper Highway Services, Defendants, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8320.

Custom Cartage, Inc. v. Motorola, Inc. and J&P Transportation, Inc.; Motorola, Inc. and TCS Insurance Company of Ireland, a/s/o Motorola, Inc., v. Custom Cartage, Inc., d/b/a Custom Transport; Motorola, Inc. and TCS Ins. Co. of Ireland, a/s/o Motorola, Inc., v. J&P Transportation, Inc., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1684, *7.

Tokio Marine and Fire Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Chicago & Northwestern Transp. Co., 129 F.3d 960 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Nov. 20, 1997) (No. 97-1071).

Evans v. Tabernacle No. 1 God’s Church of Holiness in Christ, 283 III. App. 3d 101, 669 N.E.2d 697, 218 Ill. Dec. 554 (Ill. App. 1st Dist., Aug. 14, 1996) (Nos. 1-95-3450, 1-95-3984).

Duncan v. Church of the Living God, 278 III. App. 3d 588, 662 N.E.2d 1371, 215 Ill. Dec. 231 (Ill. App. 1st Dist., Mar. 14, 1996) (Nos. 1-94-2643, 1-94-2689).

In re Cleveland Tankers sub nom, American Steamship Company of America v. Cleveland Tankers, 67 F.3d 1200 (6th Cir. 1996).

Provident Say. Bank v. Popovich, 71 F.3d 696, 1996 A.M.C. 1101, 33 Fed. R. Serv. 3d 705 (7th Cir. (Ind.), Dec. 11, 1995) (Nos. 94-1489, 94-2242, 94-3817).

Yasuda Fire and Marine v. Japan Intermodal, et al., 1995 WL 51377f (N.D. Ill.), 1995 A.M.C. 2737 (N.D. Ill.). Represented plaintiff in action against carriers. Successfully defeated application of Himalaya clause to benefit of intermodal rail carrier’s subcontrac-tor.

Woods v. Foster, 884 F. Supp. 1169 (N.D. Ill., Jan. 4, 1995) (No. 94 C 4187).

Tokio Marine and Fire Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Amato Motors, Inc., 871 F. Supp. 1010 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 15, 1994) (No. 90 C 4823).

Provident Say. Bank v. Popovich, 1994 WL 874257 (N.D. Ind., Apr. 26, 1994) (No. S91- 490M).

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. v. City of Chicago, 3 F.3d 225, 62 USLW 2145, 1993 A.M.C. 2409, 1993 A.M.C. 2984 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Aug. 24, 1993) (No. 93-1421).

St. Paul Ins. Co. of Illinois v. Great Lakes Turnings, Ltd., 829 F. Supp. 982, 1993 A.M.C. 2539 (N.D. Ill., Aug. 5, 1993) (No. 91 C 2019).

Tokio Marine and Fire Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Amato Motors, Inc., 996 F.2d 874, 1994 A.M.C. 2703, Fed. Can. Cas. P 83,837 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Jun. 11, 1993) (Nos. 92-2264, 92-2265).

Procopio v. Johnson, 994 F.2d 325, 61 USLW 2682 (7th Cir. (Ill.), May 06, 1993) (No. 92-1913).

Rodi Yachts, Inc. v. National Marine, Inc., 984 F.2d 880, 1993 A.M.C. 913 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Feb. 2, 1993) (No. 92-1717, 92-1867).

Taisho Marine and Fire Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Maersk Line, Inc., 796 F. Supp. 336, 1993 A.M.C. 705 (N.D. Ill., Jun. 8, 1992) (No. 91 C 4375).

Brown v. Evangelical Free Church of Libertyville, 2-92-0424 (2d District 1993) (unpub-lished). Structural Work Act does not apply to church.

Procopio v. Johnson, 785 F. Supp. 1317 (N.D. Ill., Mar. 19, 1992) (No. 91 C 5495).

Phillips v. Community Center Foundation and the Children’s Farm, 179 Ill. Dec. 615, 606 N.E.2d 447, 238 Ill. App. 3d 505 (lst Dist. 1992); Interpreted Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act.

Sisson v. Hatteras Yachts, Inc., 778 F. Supp. 959, 1992 A.M.C. 654, Prod. Liab. Rep. (CCH) P 13,086 (N.D. Ill., Oct. 29, 1991) (No. 87 C 0652).

Tokio Marine and Fire Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Amato Motors, Inc., 770 F. Supp. 426 (N.D. Ill., Jul. 29, 1991) (No. 90 C 4823).

Tokio Marine and Fire Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Amato Motors, Inc., 764 F. Supp. 115 (N.D. Ill., May 20, 1991) (No. 90 C 4823).

Coates v. W.M. Babcock, 148 III. Dec. 502, 560 N.E.2d 1099, 203 Ill. App. 3d 165 (1st Dist. 1990).

Ozzello v. Peterson Builders, Inc., 743 F. Supp. 1302, 1991 A.M.C. 128 (E.D. Wis., Aug. 24, 1990) (No. 89-C-85).

Material Service Corp. v. Commonwealth Edison Co. v. Canal Barge Co., Inc. and The Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District, 1990 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6175, 1990 A.M.C. 2807 (N.D. Ill., May 14, 1990) (Nos. 87 C 1298 and 87 C 3147).

Ozzello v. Peterson Builders, 1990 A.M.C. 128 (E.D. Wis.). Worker’s claim for injury on board vessel covered under state law.

Material Service Corp. v. Commonwealth Edison Company v. Canal Barge Company, Inc., and The Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District, 1990 A.M.C. 2807 (N.D. Ill.).

Complaint of Sisson, 867 F.2d 341, 57 USLW 2463, 1989 A.M.C. 609 (7th Cir. (Ill.), Jan. 24, 1989) (Nos. 87-2713, 87-2736).

Complaint of Midwest Equipment Leasing Corp., 703 F. Supp. 727 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 30, 1988) (Nos. 82 C 5717 and 84 C 1600).

Matter of Sisson, 668 F.Supp. 1196, 1988 A.M.C. 1736 (N.D. Ill., Sep. 24, 1987) (No. 86 C 1991).

Complaint of Sisson, 663 F.Supp. 858, 1988 A.M.C. 1727 (N.D. Ill., Jun. 29, 1987) (No. 86 C 1991).

Mitsubishi Intern. Corp. v. International-Great Lakes Shipping Co., 1985 WL 5389 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 16, 1985) (No. 83 C 1059).

Marine Office of America Corp. v. NYK Lines, 638 F. Supp. 393, 1987 A.M.C. 652 (N.D. Ill., Jul. 26, 1985) (No. 84 C 2207).

Grain Processing Corp. v. Continental Ins. Co., 726 F.2d 403 (8th Cir. (Iowa), Feb. 1, 1984) (No. 83-1433).

Medema v. Gombo’s Marina Corp., 97 F.R.D. 14, 1983 A.M.C. 1611 (N.D. Ill., Sep. 9, 1982) (No. 81 C 0458).

Intracoastal Marine Corporation v. LeBeouf Brothers Towing Company, Inc., 1982 A.M.C. 2241 (N.D. Ill.). Summary judgment in collision case.

Continental Illinois Nat. Bank and Trust Co. of Chicago v. Protos Shipping Inc., 472 F. Supp. 979 (N.D. Ill., May 14, 1979) (No. 78 C 98).

Articles and Publications:

“The Coming Sea Change in the Handling of Ocean Cargo Claims for Loss, Damage or Delay,” Transportation Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2009, pp. 229-260

“Who And What Are You Insuring? Cargo Transportation Liability Exposures Are Changing,” University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, Volume 21, Number 2, 2008-09, pp. 167-185

“A Gem of a Case (for Carriers),” The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 9, No. 1, July 2007

“The Liability of Dual Capacity Defendants to Maritime Workers for Personal Injury,” (with Matthew C. Koch), Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin, Vol. 4, No. 1, First Quarter 2006

“The Responsibilities of a Master in an Emergency Situation,” ISMALetter (Grand Lodge International Ship Masters’ Association) Volume 20, Number 1, March-April 2006

“Mysterious Disappearance,” (co-author) Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin, Second Quarter 2004, Vol. 2, No. 2

“Spoliation: Implications for the Maritime Lawyer,” Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin, Third Quarter 2003

“Spoliation: Implications for the Transportation Lawyer,” The Transportation Lawyer, December 2003, Vol. 5, No. 3

“Delivery,” The Transportation Lawyer, April 2003, Vol. 4, No. 5

The Appraisal and Insurance of Fine Art and Antiques (with Frederick P. Dosé, Jr.) Quarterman Publications, Inc. (1997)

“Use and Abuse of Surveillance Videos,” Illinois Bar Journal (January 1997), Vol. 85, No. 1

“Logistics and the Law,” Traffic World (December 16, 1996)

Benedict on Admiralty, Volume 4, 7th Edition 1994

Chapter 2, “Admiralty Practice and Procedure in Suits Involving Pleasure Craft” Recreational Boating Law, Matthew Bender 1993

Soundings, (The Admiralty and Maritime Law Section Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association), Co-Editor 1991-1992

“COGSA and the $500 Package Limitation: A Recent Container Case,” Soundings (The Admiralty and Maritime Law Section Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association) December, 1985 Vol. 22, No. 2

“Marina Liability for Damages to Yachts in Storage,” Recreational Craft-Jurisdiction, Claims and Coverage (1990), Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association

“Preparing and Exclusive Distributorship Agreement: Ten Factors to Consider,” The Bulletin (July-August 1985)

“Beat the Clock: The New Products Liability Statute of Limitations in Illinois,” Illinois Bar Journal (March 1979)

“New Policy Doesn’t Automatically Cancel Old One,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (July 5, 1978)

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