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Hope G. Nightingale

Hope G. Nightingale

Of Counsel

IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6614 | F: 312.781.6630

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For more than 20 years, Hope has focused her practice on insurance coverage and related coverage litigation. She advises clients on a wide range of insurance coverage issues, from complex multi-party commercial claims to personal lines such as homeowner’s or underinsured motorist coverage. Hope has significant experience advising liability insurers on their rights and obligations, in monitoring underlying liability claims for excess insurers, and litigating where needed. Hope frequently addresses risks that may involve breach of contract, bad faith and other extra-contractual relief. Her insurance clients include primary, excess and non-admitted insurers in multiple jurisdictions.

Hope’s secondary practice focus is the management-side of employment law. She advises clients on compliance with various federal and state laws, dispute resolution, termination of employees, retaliation and alleged discrimination. Hope assists with dispute resolution and represents employers in courts or agencies in response to complaints or charges asserted against them. Her employment clients include manufacturing companies, medical and dental clinics, and colleges.

Hope is one of the founding partners of Litchfield Cavo LLP, established in 1998.


  • Focus Construction Co. v. Cincinnati Insurance Company, 17-cv-3993 (N.D.Ill. February 8, 2018); motion for judgment won on pleadings, regarding liability coverage for alleged construction defects
  • NuWave LLC v. Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Company,2018 WL 4214570 (N.D. Ill. 2018)
  • Lemko Corporation v. Federal Insurance Company, 70 F.Supp.3d 905 (N.D.Ill. 2014); summary judgment won regarding liability coverage for misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, including hacking of computer data bases and scope of “advertising”
  • Hulliung Gymnastics Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Company, 2014 WL 3400549 (S.D. Ill. 2014)
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company v. William F. Braun Milk Hauling Inc., 988 F.Supp.2d 895 (S.D. Ill. 2013); motion for summary judgment won regarding coverage for auto accident involving alleged negligent clean-up and inextricably intertwined theories of liability
  • Leskovec v. Circuit Works Corporation, 2009 WL 3754056 (N.D.Ill. 2009); summary judgment won for employer in dispute alleging retaliatory discharge of employee
  • National Fire Insurance of Hartford v. Walsh Construction Co., 392 Ill. App.3d 312 (1st Dist. 2009); summary judgment won for insurer where alleged liability was excluded from coverage due to “sole negligence”, and court ruled on when it could consider third-party complaint in determining duty to defend
  • Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Thomas Shanahan, 2008 WL 4426116 (C.D. Ill. 2008); motion for summary judgment won on coverage for alleged intentionally harmful conduct
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company v. Uhrig, 2006 WL 3754815 (S.D.Ill. 2006); judgment on pleadings won regarding coverage under auto policy for driver who lacked valid driver’s license
  • 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)