Kimbley A. Kearney

Partner

Location: Chicago, IL and Michigan City, IN

Phone: 312.606.7719

Biography

Kim is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking in legal ability and ethical standards as determined by her peers in the legal community. She manages the firm’s Indiana office, and maintains practices there and in Chicago. Kim’s work involves every aspect of civil litigation including jury trials, arguing appeals, and analyzing insurance coverage issues. She has successfully litigated cases involving catastrophic personal injury, toxic tort, premises liability, employment discrimination, municipal defense, insurance coverage, commercial disputes, and ocean marine transportation in numerous jurisdictions in the United States. She has trained at the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and is an experienced mediator. Kim is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Indiana, New York and Louisiana.

Kim is one of only 500 members of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Membership in the Academy is by invitation only to persons who possesses a reputation of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer. Kim has briefed and argued cases in state supreme courts, United States courts of appeals and state intermediary appellate courts throughout the country. Her appellate victories include several cases of first impression.

Because of Kim’s combined trial and appellate experience, she is frequently retained in high profile cases nationwide to provide clients and their trial counsel with an independent evaluation of potential liability and exposure for damages, develop winning strategies for resolution before, during, and after trial, and craft the most effective legal arguments to be advanced in dispositive motions, motions in limine, directed verdict motions, jury instructions, and appellate briefs.

Kim is also a Proctor in Admiralty, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and an Associate Editor of American Maritime Cases.

Kim finds the most satisfying aspect of her practice is developing a relationship with her clients and working hard to achieve their objectives. Whether a case involves casualty, a business dispute, employer liability, or an insurance matter, Kim believes that she is uniquely qualified to provide her clients with realistic, cost-effective, and result oriented counsel because she knows how to scrutinize a case and position it for the best possible outcome in trial court, on appeal and in mediation. Her M.B.A. degree gives her an extra advantage in helping her to address the challenges faced by her business clients.

Kim is enjoying strengthening her ties to the community in Northwest Indiana. She is active in the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce and is very proud to have been appointed to the Board of Directors of Dunebrook, a not-for-profit organization focused on the prevention of child abuse.

Education

  • J.D. Tulane University Law School, cum laude, 1984
  • M.B.A. Tulane University, 1984
  • B.A. St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1980
  • Professional Skills Program, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Memberships

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Active Member of the Committees on Uniformity of U.S. Maritime Law (Former Chair), Marine Insurance & General Average, Recreational Boating
  • Property & Liability Resource Bureau
  • Associate Editor, American Maritime Cases
  • Armadillo (Coverage) Club
  • Lake and LaPorte County, Indiana Bar Associations
  • Michigan City Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® rating
  • Super Lawyers® 2018
  • Chicago

    Illinois 60603

    10 South LaSalle Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60603

    T: 312.855.1010 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Dennis D. Fitzpatrick

  • New York

    New York 10005

    28 Liberty Street 39th Floor

    New York, New York 10005

    T: 212.805.3900 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Tyler Jay Lory

  • Irvine

    California 92614

    17901 Von Karman Avenue

    Suite 650

    Irvine, California 92614

    T: 949.260.3100 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 949.260.3190 Office Managing Partner: Ian R. Feldman

  • Florham Park

    New Jersey 07932

    100 Campus Drive

    Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

    T: 973.410.4130 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 973.410.4169 Office Managing Partner: Carl M. Perri

  • Michigan City

    Indiana 46360

    200 Commerce Square

    Michigan City, Indiana 46360

    T: 219.262.6106 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partners: Paige M. Neel, Kimbley A. Kearney

  • Appleton

    Wisconsin 54914

    4650 W. Spencer Street

    Appleton, Wisconsin 54914

    T: 920.560.4658 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 920.968.4650 Office Managing Partner: Patrick L. Breen

  • Stamford

    Connecticut 06902

    68 Southfield Avenue

    2 Stamford Landing Suite 100

    Stamford, Connecticut 06902

    T: 203.921.0303 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Matthew J. Van Dusen

  • Tampa

    Florida 33609

    4830 West Kennedy Boulevard

    Suite 600

    Tampa, Florida 33609

    T: 813.509.2578 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Anne E. Kevlin