John P. O'Malley

John P. O'Malley


(312) 917-8487

John O'Malley is an advocate, counselor and litigator with significant experience in federal and state courts in Illinois and across the Nation. He has represented clients in litigation as well as drafting and negotiating contract and insurance policy language.

His impressive body of work includes serving as lead attorney in numerous actions concerning insurance coverage for environmental liabilities, intellectual property disputes, professional liability, directors’ and officers' coverage, and insurance company errors and omissions.   He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar, and the Society for Trial Lawyers.

  • Areas of Practice -
  • John provides a variety of legal services to our clients including: 

    • Representation for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers on a full range of insurance coverage issues, such as coverage disputes, defense of claims, indemnification, liability limits, policy exclusions and targeted tenders
    • Commercial litigation
    • Intellectual property disputes
    • Representation for various professionals, including insurance agents, brokers and attorneys, regarding the placement, interpretation and litigation involving insurance programs
  • Achievements+
    • John has recovered numerous multi-million recoveries on behalf of policyholders and their insurers, including several judgments in excess of $1 million.
    • John was litigation and appellate counsel in American Service Ins. Co. v. COSCO, 402 Ill.App.3d, 513 (1st Dist. 2010) and American Service v. COSCO, 2014 Ill.App. (1st) 121895 in which the appellate court twice affirmed judgments totaling in excess of $2 million.
    • John was lead trial and appellate counsel in Extended Stay, Inc. v. American Automobile, 375 SW2d 834 (Mo.App. 2012) which involved claims in excess of $20 million and in which the Missouri Appellate Court affirmed a judgment in favor of John’s insurance broker client on all claims.
    • John was lead appellate counsel in Konami (America) Inc. v. Hartford Ins. Co. of Illinois, 326 Ill.App.3d 874, 761 N.E.2d 1277 (2nd Dist. 2002), which involved an issue of "first impression" in Illinois, where no other Illinois Appellate Court had ruled regarding patent coverage.
    • In addition to his many trial successes, John lectures on insurance coverage issues, including Design Professionals' Liability Insurance, Insurance Coverage for Mold Claims, and Estoppel and Late Notice. He has created and presented several seminars to insurance companies and their policyholders with respect to claims handling practices, risk management and risk transfer devices. He is also a frequent lecturer to students and new lawyers on insurance issues and trial advocacy and a published author on a wide range of insurance coverage topics.
  • Thought Leadership+
  • John recently published an article in the IDC Quarterly entitled “An Expanded Tool Kit for Illinois Insurance Lawyers.”

    John has also proudly served as faculty during SRC’s Annual Seminar for Design Professionals, discussing insurance law, construction contract and litigation.


    Roundtable Discussion Regarding Risk Management for Design Professionals, Risk Management and Business Planning for Design and Construction Professionals

    Insurance Issues and Trial Skills: presented to Chicago Bar Association, Insurance School of Chicago, The John Marshall Law School

    Mold Claims, Insurance Coverage for Mold Claims, Insurance Coverage for Design Professionals, Risk Management, Construction Design Errors: presented to Insurance Company Executives, Agents and Brokers, Design Professionals and Policy Holders

    In-house seminars to Insurance Companies on Declaratory Judgment Actions, Estoppel, Bad Faith

  • Education +

    J.D. with Honors, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL 1991

    Order of the Coif, Top Ten Percent of Class.

    B.S. in Business Administration, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1987

  • Bar & Court Admissions +

    Illinois, 1991

    Illinois Supreme Court, 1991

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1992

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1991

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1998

    U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1998

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2007

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2007

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2008

    Federal Trial Bar, 2009

  • Experience +

    Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
    Chicago, IL

    2009 to Present

    Crisham & Kubes, Ltd.
    Chicago, IL


    Quinlan & Crisham, Ltd.
    Chicago, IL


    Hinshaw & Culbertson
    Chicago, IL


  • Professional Memberships +

    American Bar Association

    Appellate Lawyers Association

    Defense Research Institute

    Illinois State Bar Association

    Illinois Association of Defense Counsel

    Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers