When the Chicago White Sox need legal representation, they only turn to the best of the best for legal representation. Attorney Chad D. Kasdin is at the top of the team’s list for heavy-hitting legal representation.
Kasdin, 38, focuses on commercial litigation at Hinshaw & Cullbertson LLP.
He is well liked by his peers and his clients.
Attorney Joseph W. Balesteri, of Powers Rogers & Smith, P.C., praised Kasdin’s analytical skills, knowledge of the law, and strong work ethic.
“His reputation among the judges and the court is extremely well-received and his skills in the courtroom are impressive,” Balesteri said.
John P. Corvino, corporate counsel with the Chicago White Sox, said Kasdin has represented the Chicago White Sox organization for over 10 years. Kasdin has secured significant not guilty verdicts, Corvino said.
“Every professional sports organization has a myriad of in-house and outside counsel at its disposal to defend them against the assorted claims associated with holding sporting events,” Corvino said. “The Chicago White Sox carefully chose their own outside counsel, and for more than 10 years, the Chicago White Sox have chosen Chad Kasdin.”
White Sox Senior Vice President Tim Buzard praised Kasdin’s success.
“What I value most about Chad’s work is his input on our systems and procedures that have caused us to become a world class venue and, to a certain extent, avoid the need for his litigation skills,” Buzard said.
In 2013, Chad led the defense of a high profile case which revolved around an incident that took place at U.S. Cellular Field during the peak of the Chicago White Sox World Series run. The plaintiff attended a game in June 2005, where White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a walk-off home run to beat the L.A. Dodgers. The plaintiff was injured during the celebration when another fan knocked her down. The plaintiff made a multi-million dollar claim against the White Sox alleging that the team neglected to follow its own stringent safety policies.
“Chad was able to document the White Sox actions at trial and show that the incident was an unforeseeable accident that occurred when the fan lost balance in celebration after an exciting event at a baseball game,” Corvino said. The result has been selected by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter as one of the Top 5 Defense Verdicts of 2013.
In addition to the Chicago White Sox, Chad counsels At Your Service LLC, a company that provides the staffing, including training, of security personnel and ushers at U.S. Cellular Field and the United Center.
William T. Gibbs, of Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., tried a case against Kasdin and his partner Bob Shannon in the summer of 2013. The case was hotly contested on liability and damages. Kasdin represented the White Sox.
“I learned that Chad is the consummate professional – always zealously advocating for his client while comporting himself with great integrity and civility. An affable and courteous advocate, his trial skills are polished, his intellect is prodigious and his oration is impactful,” Gibbs said. “In case you cannot tell where this is going – he won.”
Nathan Mirocha, of the Law Offices of Nathan Mirocha, previously served as opposing counsel to Kasdin, and said Kasdin exhibits confidence and poise in stressful litigation situations.
“His ability to rise above the fray and avoid being distracted by opponent’s attempts to misdirect him or bait him into second-guessing his instincts has allowed Chad to mature in his practice and reap impressive results for his clients,” Mirocha said. Members of the bench agree with his clients and opponents that Kasdin is setting himself apart. One Judge who Kasdin has appeared before numerous times said, “he has exhibited exemplary cross examination skills.” The Judge continued, “Mr. Kasdin is laying the foundation to become one of the prominent attorneys in his field.”
If that is not enough, Kasdin is member of the American Bar Association, speaker in CLE programs, involved in his firm’s mentoring program, and has lectured at the annual National Center for Sports Stadium Safety & Security Conference. He has served on the board of directors for the Old Irving Park Community Clinic which is a non-profit medical clinic that offers free medical services to those in need.