Hope G. Nightingale

Hope has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation. Her practice currently focuses on two areas: insurance coverage advice and litigation (including general liability, first party lines, excess and reinsurance) and employment advice and litigation (including EEOC and IDHR proceedings, employment discrimination, unlawful termination, and retaliation). Hope has been a partner at Litchfield Cavo LLP since the Firm’s founding in 1998.

Hope has been rated an AV® Preeminent™ lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, representing the recognition of the highest level of professional excellence by her peers. She has also been recognized numerous times as a Super Lawyer in the area of insurance coverage, and she has also been listed as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in that field.


  • University of Chicago, JD, 1981
  • Grinnell College, BA, 1976; with honors, sociology


  • Illinois
  • United States District Court: Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Armadillo Club (Women in Coverage Law)
  • Association of Professional Insurance Women
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Insurance Coverage Committee

Representative Reported Cases

  • National Fire Ins. of Hartford v. Walsh Const. Co., 392 Ill.App.3d 312, 909 N.E.2d 285 (Ill. App. 1 Dist. 2009)
  • Leskovec v. Circuit Works Corp., 2008 WL 5236006 (N.D. Ill. 2008)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Shanahan, 2008 WL 4426116 (C.D. Ill. 2008)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Uhring, 2006 WL 3754815 (S.D. Ill. 2006)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Boller Const. Inc., 2006 WL 695459 (N.D. Ill. 2006)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Allen, 347 F. Supp.2d 586 (C.D. Ill. 2004)