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Adam Jagadich

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Adam Jagadich is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on product liability, transportation and commercial litigation claims. He has considerable trial experience defending companies in high stakes cases involving catastrophic injuries and multi-million dollar commercial disputes.  Mr. Jagadich takes pride in collaborating with his clients to attack business problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner without compromising his team’s trial preparedness.  

Mr. Jagadich has extensive experience defending product liability lawsuits involving automobiles, medical devices, industrial equipment and consumer products.  He serves as regional trial counsel for a number of companies involved in mass tort litigation, including asbestos and benzene exposure claims, and is well-versed in the medical and scientific issues specific to those practice areas.  Within the commercial litigation context, Mr. Jagadich has considerable trial experience representing clients facing allegations of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of warranty.  He has also successfully defended a number of trial court judgments on appeal. 

Mr. Jagadich has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Rising Stars list. No more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor.  Through his years of practice, Mr. Jagadich has developed an extensive expert network, having worked with consultants in various specialized areas including medicine, industrial hygiene, engineering, construction, epidemiology, pharmacology, economics, federal regulations, safety standards, risk assessment and psychology.

Mr. Jagadich lives in Western Springs with his wife, Sasha, and their two children.

Honors

  • Named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (The distinction of being named an “Emerging Lawyer” is reserved for the top 2% of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been identified by their peers as proving themselves to be professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career.)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2011, 2013)

Representative Matters

  • Secured judgment in favor of an automobile manufacturer in a breach of contract brought by one of its dealerships.
  • Prevailed at trial on behalf of client sued for breach of contract in a case involving a clinical trial for an over-the-counter drug product.
  • Stanley v. MidAmerican Energy Co., et al., Case: 1:12-cv-06073 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, October 22, 2013) Obtained summary judgment for utility company client on the basis that, as a property owner, it  did not owe a duty to warn the plaintiff, the employee of an independent contractor, of exposure to asbestos because it did not control the construction methods of two of its power plants in Iowa. A copy of the opinion can be found here.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of client in case involving allegation that plaintiff developed leukemia as a result of his exposure to benzene in defendant's products.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of medical device manufacturer on basis that plaintiff's state law tort claims were preempted by federal law, the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, 21 U.S.C § 360k(a).
  • Obtained summary judgment in multiple asbestos-related wrongful death lawsuits pending in Illinois.
  • Roger Van Fossen v. MidAmerican Energy Company, et al. In a case of first impression in Iowa premises liability law, the Supreme Court of Iowa affirmed summary judgment in favor of two property owners in an alleged household asbestos exposure case involving the spouse of an independent contractor's employee. The Iowa Supreme Court found that the companies owed no duty to warn the family members of independent contractors. The court's decision reaffirms the principle that the primary responsibility for overseeing the safety of a contractor's employees rests with the contractor itself.
  • James O'Boyle v. MidAmerican Energy Company, et al. Obtained summary judgment for a property owner in an asbestos exposure case brought by an employee of an independent contractor. This case is the first of its kind in Iowa.

Published Appellate Opinions

Roger Van Fossen v. MidAmerican Energy Company, et al. 777 N.W.2d 689 (Iowa 2009).

Co-Author

"Use of Expert Witnesses in Product Liability Cases," Illinois Product Liability Practice (2011 supplement), Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2011).

"Declaratory Relief," Illinois Civil Practice: Preparing for Trial (2009 Edition), Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2009).

Education

Purdue University, B.A., 2000, Phi Beta Kappa

University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2003

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2003
  • Wisconsin, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois