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   3Joanne Rouzan DriscollChicago(312) 465-4848jdriscoll@fordellp.comjdriscoll@fordellp.comForde Law Offices LLPwww.fordellp.comwww.fordellp.comdriscollj.jpgCivil Appellate Law
Joanne Rouzan
Forde Law Offices LLP
111 W Washington St Ste 1100
Chicago IL 60602-2768
Ph.(312) 465-4848 Fx.(312) 641-1288Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Civil Appellate Law
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Joanne Rouzan Driscoll has represented major law firms and business organizations in litigation and on appeal on important issues involving class action claims and shareholder derivative claims, breach of contract claims, legal malpractice defense, whistleblower actions, public contract bids, products liability claims and personal injury claims (appeals only). She was recently listed, by peer vote, in Leading Lawyers for civil appellate litigation.

Notable Cases and Results:  
    • Obtained a reversal in an easement dispute involving the proposed development of a multi-story commercial and residential building in Chicago's South Loop area. This appeal involved complex issues concerning easement and alienability rights.
    • In another appeal, Ms. Driscoll was successful in obtaining a reversal of a judgment that would have required a golf course to incur significant expenses related to its completion of a $20 million redesign.
    • At the circuit court level, Ms. Driscoll was recently successful in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a seller of stock in transactions totaling over $2.6 million and on behalf of an attorney in a legal malpractice case.

Bar Admissions:  
IIllinois and U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1983

Varies By Case

Year of Birth:  1952

Law School:  
DePaul University, J.D., 1978

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
DePaul Law Review, Note and Comment Editor (1977-78)

Undergraduate School:  
DePaul University, B.S.C., 1974

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  
Graduated summa cum laude; London Fellowship Recipient; Dean's List
Nominated to Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society

Representative Clients:  
Individuals, major law firms and business organizations

Employment History:  
Kevin M. Forde, Ltd., Chicago, IL, 2000-present
Five-attorney firm specializing in commercial litigation and civil appeals in state and federal court

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Chicago, IL, 1994-1999
Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Joseph Gordon

Lawyers' Assistance Program, Chicago, IL, 1991-94
Executive Director of statewide network of volunteer lawyers and judges trained to assist lawyers and judges suffering from chemical abuse, alcoholism and mental illness

Driscoll & Driscoll, Schaumburg, IL, 1983-90
Five-attorney general litigation firm, provided litigation support and handled civil appeals

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Chicago, IL, 1979-82
Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Helen F. McGillicuddy (deceased)

North American Company for Life and Health Insurance, Chicago, IL, 1977-79
Assistant Counsel, Law Department, 1978-79, regulatory compliance
Legal Assistant, Law Department, 1977-78, provided support to associate general counsel responsible for regulatory compliance and litigation handled by outside counsel

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago and American Bar Associations (Co-Chair, Amicus Curiae Briefs Committee, Litigation Section, 2001-05; Rule of Law Task Force Member, Litigation Section, 2006-07; Co-Chair, Young Lawyer Leadership Program, Litigation Section, 2007-10)

Women's Bar Association of Illinois (Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2005-present, 2005-present)

Women's Bar Foundation (Board of Directors, 1990-2010; President, 2003-05; Vice President, 2001-03; Secretary, 1999-01; Chair, Advisory Council, 2010-present)

Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2008-10; Co-Chair, Cases Pending, 2008-present; Chair, Special Committee for Pro Se Manual, 2010-2011; Rules Committee, 2006-present)

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program Gratitude Award, 1994
  • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Civil Appellate Law

Community Involvement:  
Chair, Advisory Council, 2010-present; President, 2003-2005; Vice-President, 2001-2003; Secretary, 1999-2001; Board Member, 1990-2010, Illinois Women's Bar Foundation. The Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships to women students in accredited Illinois law schools and to provide public interest stipends to women lawyers whose careers are devoted to public interest work.

Fellow, American Bar Foundation.

Treasurer, Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, Chicago Chapter, 2009 to present

Published Legal Writing:  
Co-author, Cases Pending, Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, 2008-present, periodic compilation of data concerning civil appeals pending before the Illinois Supreme Court by term

Edited and updated A Guide to Illinois Civil Appellate Procedure (2011) published by Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association

Firm Description:  
Forde Law Offices LLP is a seven-attorney firm that focuses its practice on commercial litigation and appeals in state and federal courts. Clients include individuals, partnerships, law firms and major corporations, many of whom have been referred by other lawyers. Forde Law Offices LLP has been lead or co-counsel in some of the most important cases in Illinois, representing such clients as Phillip Morris, Inc. in its successful appeal of a record $10 billion judgment and the Chicago Board of Trade, resolving class action cases related to its historic demutualization and merger with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The firm successfully represented then-candidate (now Chicago's mayor) and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, when his residency and right to seek the Office of Mayor was challenged.

Three adult sons
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