Cameron D. Turner

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312.645.7915
312.645.7711 (fax)
cturner@smsm.com
233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 5500
Chicago, IL 60606
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Companies facing product liability, complex commercial and toxic exposure litigation turn to trial attorney Cameron Turner for innovative and effective solutions. Mr. Turner has represented clients in dozens of trials across the country in jurisdictions including Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Ohio.  Originally from Madison County in Southern Illinois, Mr. Turner is at ease in both large and small venues in rural and urban jurisdictions. Recognized for his trial success, he has been asked to present his insight on topics including expert selection and development.

Mr. Turner applies a hands-on approach to his cases and is dedicated to keeping his clients involved and informed. In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Turner helps businesses navigate commercial matters such as contract negotiation and disputes and employment and officer agreements.

Mr. Turner has a long history defending claims involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He also has extensive experience representing clients facing allegations of exposure to toxins including welding rod fumes, coal dust, silica sand, and asbestos. Mr. Turner is a member of the National Coordinating Counsel and National Trial Counsel teams for one such manufacturer and has litigated hundreds of cases, particularly in Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Mr. Turner is a member of the Segal McCambridge Diversity Committee and previously served on the firm's Hiring Committee.  An avid athlete, Mr. Turner is a member of several sports teams and participates in running competitions.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Successfully first- and second-chaired trials taken to verdict in Delaware, Illinois, and New York.
  • Prevailed at trial and on appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court in perhaps the most significant decision in Illinois asbestos litigation history, wherein the court specifically overruled those cases that expanded the "Lipke rule" to prevent a defendant at trial from introducing evidence of other exposures to advance a causation defense. (Nolan v. Weil-McLain)
  • Briefed and argued a successful motion for summary judgment based on the lack of evidence of causation (further upheld on appeal) in a medical device product liability matter with potential seven-figure damages. (Jemenko v. Sunrise Medical)
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case in Nassau County, NY in which the plaintiff claimed the sole source of asbestos exposure was insulation applied to the defendant’s boiler. (Bullen v. Weil-McLain )
  • Obtained a defense verdict, and reaffirmation of that verdict on appeal, in an Illinois mesothelioma trial. (Wakeland v. Garlock, Anchor Packing Company)
  • Set up a nonprofit organization, successfully obtained 501(c)(3) status, and led contract negotiations to bring the NAGAAA Softball World Series to Chicago.

EDUCATION

University of Notre Dame, B.A. (Psychology/French), 1994, cum laude
DePaul University School of Law, J.D., 1997

BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois, 1997
Missouri, 2006
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

Speaker

  • Chair, ALI CLE webinar, "Finding and Developing New Expert Witnesses in Litigation" (September 26, 2013).
  • HB Litigation Conferences' 14th Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference, Amelia Island, FL, "The Nexus Between Ethics and Professionalism in Asbestos Litigation" (October 3-4, 2011).
  • HB Litigation Conferences' 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation, Chicago, IL, "Equipment, Valve & Component Manufacturers Part 1: Case Law Update" (April 7, 2011).

Author

  • Co-author, "The Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rule 212(a)(5) Regarding the Admissibility of Discovery Depositions at Trial," Segal McCambridge's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (Winter 2010-2011).
  • Co-author, "Science On Trial:  An Analysis Of Alleged Vaccine-Related Autism Claims," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 2 (Spring 2008).
  • Co-author, "Benzene: A Litigation Perspective," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter (Spring 2006) and Harris Martin's Litigation Watch: Benzene (July 2006).
  • "Retrospective Exposure Assessment and Its Application in Toxic Tort Defense Litigation," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 1 (Spring 2004).

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

OTHER HONORS

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 (2011-2012)

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