Nicholas J. Parolisi, Jr.

Nick, a partner in Litchfield Cavo's Chicago office, has extensive experience in the defense of products liability, construction, premises liability, and automobile liability suits. He has handled hundreds of suits and claims involving wrongful death, serious personal injuries, and business interruption damages associated with contaminated food products. He has also handled various types of litigated employment matters, including claims for discrimination and wrongful discharge. Nick is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Indiana and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice before various federal courts and has been admitted pro hac vice in various state and federal courts around the country, including California, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio, Iowa, and New York.

Nick serves as national defense counsel for food suppliers and processors involved in foodborne illness suits nationwide. He serves as national defense counsel for multiple personal injury and death claims and suits brought against a cucumber supplier involved in a nationwide Salmonella outbreakHe also serves as national defense counsel for a hummus manufacturer involved in a national recall due to the potential for Listeria exposure.  He has served as national defense counsel for a bison meat processor in multiple personal injury suits associated with a national outbreak involving bison meat allegedly contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Nick served as national defense counsel for a spice processor in over forty wrongful death and personal injury suits associated with Vietnamese white pepper allegedly contaminated with Salmonella. He represented a beef processor in personal injury suits involving mechanically tenderized steaks allegedly contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, and also represented a lettuce processor in personal injury suits relating to a national outbreak of E. coli O145. He represented a beef processor sued by customers for economic losses and business interruption damages associated with a recall of nearly six million pounds of beef because of potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Nick represented a lettuce supplier in multiple claims brought for Salmonella illnesses associated with consumption of sandwiches at a national restaurant chain. In addition, Nick served as national defense counsel for a cantaloupe packer relating to the national Listeria outbreak involving over 100 illnesses and 30 deaths.

Nick serves as national counsel and lead defense counsel for food processors and suppliers in suits and claims seeking recovery of economic losses and business interruption damages associated with recalls involving food-borne pathogens and foreign objects. He served as lead defense counsel for a pet food manufacturer in a lawsuit by a foreign distributor seeking recovery of recall costs and business interruption damages associated with an international pet food recall involving hundreds of dog deaths from Aflatoxin. Nick also serves as national counsel for two food processors involved in claims brought by customers for costs associated with foreign object recalls.

Nick serves as national defense counsel for product liability suits and claims brought against truck dealers associated with a recall due to faulty high pressure fuel lines resulting in catastrophic fires.  He serves as national defense counsel for a bottle manufacturer sued by burn victims associated with recalled firepots and fuel gel.  Nick has also served as national defense counsel for a gas can component part manufacturer sued by burn victims related to a national recall of gas cans.

Nick was listed as a Leading Lawyer for 2017 by Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Education

  • DePaul University, JD, 1989; with honors
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, 1984

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Courts: Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, Southern District of Indiana