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Don R. Sampen

Partner

Super Lawyers® 2014

Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers, 2014

Don R. Sampen has over 30 years of trial and appellate experience in various areas, including insurance coverage and commercial litigation. Don is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University College of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Northwestern Law Review. He is a former clerk to the Honorable Philip W. Tone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and also served as the Chief of the Public Interest and Special Litigation Divisions of the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

Don has taught a course in Insurance Law for the last 11 years as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University College of Law. In the past he has taught courses in Remedies, Advanced Trial Practice, Pretrial Litigation, and Trademarks. Don is also a prolific writer, authoring articles and book chapters in various areas of the law, including antitrust and whistleblower litigation. He recently coauthored an article appearing in the Insurance Litigation Reporter entitled "Enforcement of Settlements between Insureds and Claimants." He also writes a column in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin which appears twice monthly on insurance coverage matters.

Industry articles include:

"Enforcement of Settlements between Insureds and Claimants," 35 Insurance Litigation Reporter 409 (West August 2013)

"Quo Warranto, Mandamus and Prohibition," Chapter 8, in IICLE volume on Chancery and Special Remedies (2009/'11/'13)

"Overview of Antitrust Law for the Corporate Practitioner," Chapter 6, in IILCE Business Law Series Volume III (2005/'11/'13)

"Prosecuting a Claim under the Illinois False Claims Act," Chapter 17, in IICLE Volume on Employment Termination (2002/'11/'13)

"Principles of Contempt," Chapter 2, in IICLE Volume on Chancery and Special Remedies (2013)

"Initiating Insurance Coverage Litigation," Chapter 14 (Co-Author), in New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide (Lexis 2007)

Column entitled "Insurance Matters" published twice monthly in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2008-present)

Suing on Behalf of the State: A Parens Patriae Primer, 86 Bar J. 684 (1998)

Age Discrimination and Reasonable Non-Age Factors, 23 Notre Dame J. College & Univ. Law 1 (Summer 1997)

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Northwestern University College of Law, 1975
  • B.A. Northwestern University, major in political science/economics, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 1981
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2013
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1982
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1976
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2008
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2009
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1977
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2013
  • State of Illinois, 1975

Organization Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Appellate Lawyers Association