Larry J. Chilton Partner

Phone: (312) 634-1261
Fax: (312) 460-8299
Assistant Name: Cherie Emling
Assistant Phone: (312) 458-1600
Larry is a founding Partner of the firm. For over 25 years, his trial and appellate litigation practice has focused on the defense of companies in the oil and chemical industries in toxic tort, transportation, environmental and related class action litigation in state and federal courts. He frequently serves as lead coordinating counsel jointly retained by multiple defendants and has extensive experience in structuring and managing such joint defenses. He has extensive trial experience with numerous published jury verdicts in cases involving wrongful death, cancer, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and other catastrophic injuries.

Practice Areas

Class Action, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Environmental Law, General Negligence, Products Liability, Toxic Tort Law, Transportation

Bar Admissions

  • Federal Trial Bar
  • State of Illinois (1983)
  • Various State and District Court Bars around the country


  • J.D. IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, 1983
  • B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent rated
  • Selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Selected by Leading Lawyers Network as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of Class Action/Mass Tort, Toxic Torts and General Personal Injury Defense Law.


  • Mr. Chilton has lectured and published on a variety of toxic tort litigation topics and has been the Chair of several different National Conferences on Benzene Litigation.

News Articles


    After seven years of litigation our client, the City of Countryside, has successfully put an end to an illegal police pension spike, saving Countryside taxpayers many millions of dollars. The Illinois Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the trial court and appellate court rulings in Countryside's favor, and yesterday the trial Judge, Neil Cohen, issued an Order officially closing the case. Judge Cohen introduced our partner, Kathryn Thomas, to the entire courtroom and said that she obtained one of only two Summary Judgment rulings he issued in 2018. He said that Kathryn "just did everything right."

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