Hope G. Nightingale was one of the founding partners of Litchfield Cavo LLP in 1998. For more than 20 years, the primary focus of her practice has been 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 in 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.
The secondary focus of Hope’s practice is management-side 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.
- Focus Construction Co. v. Cincinnati Insurance Company, case 17-cv-3993 (N.D.Ill. February 8, 2018) (won motion for judgment on pleadings, regarding liability coverage for alleged construction defects)
- Lemko Corporation v. Federal Insurance Company, 70 F.Supp.3d 905 (N.D.Ill. 2014) (won summary judgment regarding liability coverage for misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, including hacking of computer data bases and scope of “advertising”)
- Cincinnati Insurance Company v. William F. Braun Milk Hauling Inc., 988 F.Supp.2d 895 (S.D. Ill. 2013) (won motion for summary judgment 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) (won summary judgment 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) (won summary judgment for insurer where alleged liability was excluded from coverage due to “sole negligence”; 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. 208) (won motion for summary judgment on coverage for alleged intentionally harmful conduct)
- Cincinnati Insurance Company v. Uhrig, 2006 WL 3754815 (S.D.Ill. 2006) (won judgment on pleadings regarding coverage under Auto policy for driver who lacked valid driver’s license)