John J. Reidy

lawyer

Shareholder John J. Ready Passes

The shareholders of Ruff, Weidenaar & Reidy, Ltd sadly announce the death of their fellow shareholder, John J. “Jack” Reidy. Jack died on November 2, 2013 after losing a valiant battle against prostate cancer. Jack’s personal motto was, “never give up”. Even at death, he continued to fight against this disease. He exuded this never give up philosophy in all aspects of his life. This philosophy and its practice allowed him to become one of Chicago’s leading trial lawyers. This philosophy and its practice enabled him to attract and retain numerous hospital, health system, and physician clients who looked to him to protect their interests in professional liability claims. This philosophy and practice enabled him to become the guiding hand in our firm’s operations. As our leader, Jack taught us about the importance of being prepared, he taught us about the importance of being trustworthy, he taught us when it was right to fight and when it was right to settle. Most importantly, Jack taught us about the importance of family, he taught us about the importance of friends, and he taught us about the importance of relishing all that life has to offer. We shall continue to follow his example of never giving up and his example of relishing all that life has to offer.

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University School of Law, 1971
  • B.A., St. Joseph’s College (Indiana), 1968
  • Brother Rice High School, 1964

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Professional Work and Civic Activities

Jack was a frequent lecturer for the Illinois State Bar Association, and lectured across the state on topics such as products liability, Structural Work Act, and compensatory and punitive damages. He also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Notable Cases and Accomplishments

  • American Nat’l Bank & Trust Co. v. Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center, 154 Ill. 2d 347 (1992).
  • Becker v. R. E. Cooper Corp., 193 Ill. App. 3d 459 (3rd Dist. 1990).
  • Canter v. Chuhart, 100 Ill. App. 2d 316 (1st Dist. 1968).
  • Dawson v. W. & H. Voortman, Ltd., 864 F. Supp. 77 (N.D. Ill. 1994).
  • Fedt v. Oak Lawn Lodge, Inc., 132 Ill. App. 3d 1061 (1st Dist. 1985).
  • Ikenn v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 73 Ill. App. 3d 694 (1st Dist. 1979).
  • Kjellesvik v. Commonwealth Edison Co., 73 Ill. App. 3d 773, (1st Dist. 1979).
  • Loehr v. Illinois Bell Telephone Company, 21 Ill. App. 3d 555 (1st Dist. 1974).
  • Lowrie v. City of Evanston, 50 Ill. App. 3d 376 (1st Dist. 1977).
  • Loyola University of Chicago v. Humana Insurance Co., 996 F.2d 895 (7th Cir. 1993).
  • McCarty v. Verson Allsteel Press Co., 89 Ill. App.3d 498 (1st Dist. 1980).
  • McCormick v. Uppuluri, 250 Ill. App. 3d 386 (1st Dist. 1993).
  • O’Brien v. Township High School Dist. 214, 73 Ill. App. 3d 618 (1st Dist. 1979).
  • O’Brien v. Township High School Dist. 214, 83 Ill.2d 462 (1980).
  • Oudshoorn v. Warsaw Trucking Co., Inc., 38 Ill. App. 3d 920 (1st Dist. 1976).
  • Resolution Trust Corp. v. Gallagher, 815 F. Supp. 1107 (N.D. Ill. 1993).
  • Resolution Trust Corp. v. Gallagher, 800 F. Supp. 595 (N.D. Ill. 1992).
  • Roy v. Coyne, 259 Ill. App. 3d 269 (1st Dist. 1994).
  • Stromberger v. 3M Co., 990 F.2d 974 (7th Cir. 1993).

Personal Information

Jack was born August 6, 1941 in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He lived in Orland Park with his wife