Paul E. Wojcicki serves as Chair of Segal McCambridge's Appellate and Warranty Sub-Committees. He concentrates his trial and appellate practice on complex litigation brought in state and federal courts across the country. Most frequently, Mr. Wojcicki handles cases involving products liability claims, commercial disputes, and UCC and related warranty litigation. Mr. Wojcicki has tried over 25 cases to verdict and handled over 30 appeals.
In the products liability area, Mr. Wojcicki focuses his practice on cases involving automobiles, trucks, construction products, and medical devices. He has taken a lead role in developing and presenting arguments under Federal Rule of Evidence 702 and the Daubert regime of cases leading to the disqualification of plaintiff's experts and a favorable litigation result for the client.
Mr. Wojcicki is also a veteran member of the warranty-litigation defense bar. He represents product manufacturers across several industries and markets, including automobile, motorcycle, personal watercraft, and RV makers, over-the-road and specialty truck-makers, automotive component and systems suppliers, personal electronics makers, and retail dealers. In addition to handling litigation, Mr. Wojcicki works with his clients to revise or rewrite their warranty statements and is brought in to provide training to company personnel involved with day-to-day warranty administration and warranty claim-investigation.
Mr. Wojcicki, along with two other Segal McCambridge shareholders, obtained a $90M verdict, including a $73 million punitive damages award, on behalf of a motorsports promoter in an antitrust/business tort action tried in federal court in Chicago.
Mr. Wojcicki frequently speaks and writes on emerging issues in products liability law, OEM-supplier relationships, warranty law, the impact a company's warranty and warranty program has on its relationship with its customers, and ways a company can improve its warranty program. Mr. Wojcicki also writes and speaks on diverse topics including director and officer liability, litigation risk and cost reduction, and trial and appellate practice and strategy.
He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Global Warranty and Service Contract Association (formerly the Institute of Warranty Chain Management) and is part of its faculty developing and presenting programs designed to educate warranty professionals to better manage and administer the company's warranty program.
Member of trial team that obtained a $90 million verdict on behalf of a sports promoter in an antitrust and business tort action involving motor sports.
Retained as lead counsel by an RV manufacturer in a Michigan products liability action involving multiple fatalities resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Obtained not guilty verdict for premier sports car manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary in a products liability action arising out of a fire.
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an RV maker, dealer, and lender in a breach of warranty/consumer fraud action and a judgment for the lender against the plaintiffs for $75,000 due under the financing contract.
Obtained a verdict in favor of auto manufacturer in breach of warranty action despite evidence showing double-digit repair visits within first 20,000 miles after purchase.
Obtained defense verdict in an action involving breach of warranty, fraud and statutory rescission claims in a matter where plaintiffs claimed the coach leaned and was dangerous to operate.
Obtained a verdict in favor of a major motor home manufacturer, including an award of attorney's fees, in a U.C.C. supplier action against the manufacturer of inferior conveyor line components.
Persuaded an appellate court to overturn a $500,000 judgment entered against the client in a products liability case as a sanction for failing to produce a witness at trial.
Has on multiple occasions persuaded an appellate court to overturn a verdict for a consumer-plaintiff in breach of warranty actions.
Won an appeal in which the court found that a prima facie showing of fraud was made against a plaintiffs' firm, for its conduct during settlement negotiations, voiding the settlement.
Retained by a group of RV manufacturers to prepare and file a friend-of-the-court brief in an appeal involving the proper standard for determining warranty damages.
Supervised a pro bono criminal appeal in which the court reversed the client's conviction and awarded a new trial. People v. Billups, 2012 IL App (1st) 081383-B.
Obtained summary judgment in a breach of auto warranty action based on the novel argument that reselling of automobile for fair market value prevents plaintiff from proving damages as a matter of law.
Obtained dismissal of a breach of warranty action involving a leased automobile based on the novel argument that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act does not apply to leased goods.
Obtained summary disposition in a Michigan UCC/Warranty/Magnuson Moss/Consumer Protection Act action on behalf of an automobile company supplier.
Obtained summary judgment for property insurer on a multi-million dollar water damage and mold claim.
Represented a major lending corporation as litigation counsel in adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy of a national provider of paging services.
Represented manufacturer in adversarial preference actions in candy manufacturer's bankruptcy.
- Engaged by motor vehicle manufacturer to assist in drafting a notice to its customers disclosing reported component part failures and offering recommendations to on how to reduce risk of failure.
- Retained by a major automotive manufacturer to present a full-day seminar to its technical personnel on the role of expert witnesses in warranty and other products liability litigation.
- Engaged by a major motor vehicle manufacturer to rewrite its warranty and service contract across its product line.
- Counseled a domestic corporation in the successful resolution of a dispute over the purchase of goods from an Asian manufacturer financed with a letter of credit.
Columbia University in the City of New York, B.A. (English), 1986
DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1989
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Secretary, Global Warranty and Service Contract Association
Appellate Lawyers Association
Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation and Constitutional Law Committees
DRI Insurance Law Committee
Illinois State Bar Association
RVIA, Associate Member
SMSM Pro Bono & Public Service Committee Chair (2007-present)
St. Barnabas Parish, Finance Board, Basketball Coach
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Listen to Mr. Wojcicki's podcast, "Five Keys to a Successful Warranty Program."
- SGS US Warranty Manager Symposium, Chicago, IL, "Enhance Customer Experience with Warranty Operations," (Sept. 10-11, 2013).
- ACI's 6th Annual Summit on Defending & Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, "The Battleground Today and in the Near Future for Automotive Class Actions, Including Class Certifications" (June 6, 2013).
- 2013 AALNC Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, "Daubert Challenges: Court's Current Trends" (April 5, 2013).
- 2013 Warranty Chain Management Conference, San Diego, CA, "Industry Updates: Global Warranty and Service Contract Association" (March 13, 2013).
- ACI's 3rd National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation, Atlanta, GA, "Selecting and Retaining Experts and Strategically Preparing Daubert Challenges" (November 30, 2012). View Mr. Wojcicki's presentation.
- ACI's 5th Advanced Summit on Defending & Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, "Trial and Jury Strategy: Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Your Advantage When Gearing Up for an Auto Products Liability Trial" (June 27, 2012).
- 2012 Warranty Chain Management Conference, Orlando, FL, "OEM / Supplier - Optimizing The Relationship," and "Key Factors To A Successful Warranty Program" (March 6-8, 2012).
- 2010 Warranty Chain Management Conference, Los Angeles, CA, "A Visit to Doc Warranty's Clinic" (March 2-4, 2010).
- The International Conference on Warranty Chain Management, Orlando, FL, "Preview of IWCM's W101 - Warranty Fundamentals Course" (March 11, 2009).
- HB Litigation Conferences' The FDIC and the New Banking Crisis: Litigation Challenges Past, Present and, Future Conference, Washington, DC, "Professional Liability Litigation: Insurance Coverage Issues" (January 15, 2009). To see a video clip of Mr. Wojcicki speaking at this conference, please click here.
- Course Instructor: Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Experts in Warranty & Other Products Liability Litigation: A Crash Course, Torrance, CA (June 29, 2007).
- AIAG's 3rd Annual Early Warning Standards - Warranty Conference, Novi, MI, "Reducing 'Extra-Ordinary' Warranty Costs - A view from the trenches" (May 24, 2007).
- International Visitor Leadership Program - Accountability in Government and Business, A Project for Pakistan, Chicago, IL (April 29-May 2, 2007).
- The 3rd Annual International Conference on Warranty Chain Management, Tampa, FL, "Who's Responsible? Warranty Litigation Involving Consumer Products Covered Under Multiple Warranties" (March 13-14, 2007).
- The 3rd Annual International Conference on Warranty Chain Management, Tampa, FL, "Understanding and Avoiding Consumer Product Warranty Litigation" (March 13-14, 2007).
- Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney 2006 "Extended" Warranty Seminar, Chicago, IL, "Experts in Warranty & Other Products Liability Litigation" (September 22, 2006).
- Course Instructor: Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Experts in Warranty & Other Products Liability Litigation: A Crash Course, Elkhart, IN (September 15, 2006).
- International Association of Lemon Law Administrators' Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, "A Balanced View on Lemon Law Claims in the Courts" (August 1-3, 2006).
- Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney 2005 Lemon Law/Warranty Seminar, "Damages In Breach of Limited Warranty Actions" (October 2005).
- Tort Law Update, Defenses (June 2005).
- Chicago Bar Association, Constitutional Law Committee, The Constitutionality of Supreme Court Rule 23(e) (February 2004).
- Demonstrative Evidence (February 2003).
- John Marshall Law School, Negotiations, Guest Lecturer (2000-2003).
- Co-author, "Make a Federal Case Out of It," For The Defense (December 2012).
- "A Note On Damages And Disclaimers in Actions for Breach of a 'Repair or Replacement' Warranty" (2005).
- "Is The Denial of Precedential Effect for Certain Appellate Courts 'Orders' Constitutional Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 23," CBA Record (January 2004).
- Co-author, "Parties In Products Liability Actions" chapter in IICLE IL Products Liability Practice Practical Handbook, (2003, updated annually).
- Co-author, "Declaratory Judgment Actions" chapter in IICLE IL Civil Practice Handbook (2003, updated annually).
- "Attacking Breach of Implied Warranty Claims In Magnuson-Moss Actions Brought in Privity States," RVDefense.com (2001).
- "Challenging and Qualifying Expert Witnesses In Motor Vehicle Warranty Litigation" (2001).
- "Early Resolution Strategies In Warranty Litigation," RVDefense.com.
- "RV Extended Warranties," Warranty Week (June 11, 2009).
PUBLISHED APPELLATE OPINIONS
White v. Garlock Sealing Technologies, No. 4-09-0036, ___ Ill.App.3d ___ (4th Dist. 2010)
Heiden v. DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc., (2d Dist. 2009)
Voelker v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., 2003 WL 22030364 (7th Cir.2003)
Valenti v. Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc., 332 Ill.App.3d 969 (1st Dist. 2002)
Lara v. Hyundai Motor America, 331 Ill.App.3d 53 (2nd Dist.2002)
Johnson v. Grossinger Motorcorp, Inc., 324 Ill.App.3d 354 (1st Dist.2001)
Jaffee v. Redmond, 142 F.3d 409 (7th Cir.1998)
Navarro v. Fuji Heavy Industries, Inc., 117 F.3d 1027 (7th Cir. 1997)
Roback v. V.I.P. Transport, Inc., 90 F.3d 1207 (7th Cir.1996)
Fatigato v. Village of Olympia Fields, 281 Ill.App.3d 347 (1st Dist.1996)
Deimer v. Cincinnati Sub-Zero Products, Inc., 58 F.3d 341 (7th Cir.1995)
Doe v. Calumet City, 161 Ill.2d 374 (1994)
Deimer v. Cincinnati Sub-Zero Products, Inc., 990 F.2d 342 (7th Cir.1993)
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Recent News, Articles & Publications
Like a thief in the night, a 30-year old appellate court decision lurks the halls of Illinois courthouses. And it’s costing consumer product manufactures and seller countless dollars in unnecessary litigation costs and unwarranted settlements.
Items "normally used for personal, family, or household purposes,"1 which include automobiles and motor homes, fall within the definition of "consumer products" covered by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act - Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975 ("MMWA" or "Magnuson-Moss"), 15 U.S.C. § 2101, et seq., and other consumer protection statutes.
The Magnuson-Moss Act's fee-shift provision, 15 U.S.C. § 2310(d)(2), may, in some cases, make it more difficult, or sometimes impossible, to settle a case prior to, or early in, the litigation. As a consequence, warrantors may be needlessly forced to litigate,
In breach of warranty actions brought against motor vehicle manufacturers or distributor/warrantors under the Magnuson-Moss - Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975,
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Under Supreme Court Rule 23, the Appellate Court may express decision in one of three ways: a "full opinion" or "a concise written order," or a "summary order." Under subpart (e) of the rule, appellate court "orders" are denied precedential effect
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