William T. Eveland
William “Toby” Eveland’s litigation practice focuses on all aspects of business disputes, premises and product liability defense, class actions, and complex insurance matters, in fields such as real estate, manufacturing, higher education, risk management, employment and governmental law. Many of the clients who seek his counsel are involved in high-profile litigation and complex business disputes.
Prior to joining the practice of law, Toby managed a not-for-profit educational foundation that provided insurance and risk management services to colleges, universities and fraternal organizations. In addition, Toby served as an instructor for Loyola University Chicago’s ABA Moot Court Team for nine years.
Select representations include:
- Served as lead attorney representing the IIT Chicago-Kent law school in Evans, et al., etc. v. Illinois Institute of Technology, et al., a class action lawsuit alleging fraud and misrepresentation based upon the school’s compilation and publication of prior graduate employment statistics. Toby secured a victory at the trial level, which was unanimously affirmed at the appellate level and, ultimately, appellants were denied certiorari by the Illinois Supreme Court.
- In Hachem v. Chicago Title Insurance Co., et al. Toby defended Chicago Title Insurance Company and its agent against a claim from a home buyer who learned, after completing her purchase, that the residence was included in a historical district with a landmark designation.
- As lead counsel for the defense in Cohen v. Basil, a piercing the corporate veil and fraudulent transfer case, Toby successfully represented clients against a plaintiff who sought to collect a nearly $1 million judgment from a business owner personally, after the defendant’s business failed and was unable to pay the original claim. Toby is credited with establishing sound precedent at the appellate court level that is now cited throughout Illinois.
- In Bishop v. Bombardier, Toby secured a summary judgment for his client, Bombardier, Inc., the defendant in this matter, on the eve of trial. At issue was the plaintiff’s claim that Bombardier, the manufacturer of Sea-Doo personal watercraft, failed to adequately warn against the danger of attempting to repair its battery and electrical components.
- Toby secured summary judgment for the defense in advance of a trial and the plaintiff’s motion to reconsider was denied in Davis v. Chicago Housing Authority. The plaintiff was seeking over $1 million in damages following an injury on a CHA property.
- In handling the defendant’s appeal in Morrow v. Chicago Housing Authority, Toby secured a unanimous dismissal of the plaintiff’s attempt to overturn the circuit court’s finding. The plaintiff in this matter, Towanda Morrow, had petitioned for review of an administrative hearing decision that terminated her receipt of rental assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
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