Brian A. O’Gallagher

Partner
Email: bogallagher@cremerspina.com
Telephone: 312.980.3007
Fax: 312.726.3818
Biography

Brian O’Gallagher concentrates his practice in insurance coverage litigation. He has represented insurance carriers and insureds in a broad spectrum of coverage matters involving commercial general liability policies, commercial umbrella/excess policies, workers’ compensation/employers’ liability policies, commercial auto policies, homeowners policies, professional liability policies and commercial property policies. His work includes the preparation of coverage opinions and handling of all phases of litigation of coverage suits in state and federal courts, including the defense and prosecution of bad faith claims against insurance carriers.

Brian is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1992) and University of Illinois (B.A. 1989). He is admitted to the Illinois bar (1992), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1999), the Northern District of Ohio (2004), the Eastern District of Missouri (2006), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2003) and the Federal Trial Bar (2006). Brian is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Credentials

Education

  • Notre Dame Law School
  • University of Illinois

Admissions to Practice Law

  • Illinois Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Federal Trial Bar

Memberships

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
 
Representative Matters

Reported Cases

  • Pekin Ins. Co. v. Martin Cement Co., 2015 IL App (3d) 140290, 42 N.E.3d 384 (3rd Dist. 2015), appeal denied, 48 N.E.3d 1093 (Table) (2016)
  • Emcasco Ins. Co. v. CE Design, Ltd., 784 F.3d 1371 (10th Cir. 2015)
  • Illinois Ins. Guar. Fund v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. and Zurich American Ins. Co., 2013 IL App (1st) 123345, 1 N.E.3d 956 (1st Dist. 2013)
  • MHM Services Inc. v. Assurance Co. of America, 2012 IL App (1st) 112171, 975 N.E.2d 1139 (1st Dist. 2012)
  • A-1 Roofing Co. v. Navigators Ins. Co., 2011 IL App (1st) 100878, 958 N.E.2d 695, (1st Dist., 2011)
  • James McHugh Const. Co. v. Zurich American Ins. Co., 401 Ill.App.3d 127, 927 N.E.2d 247 (1st Dist. 2010)
  • North River Ins. Co. v. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co., 369 Ill.App.3d 563, 860 N.E.2d 460 (1st Dist. 2006)
  • Illinois Emcasco Ins. Co. v. Northwestern National Casualty Co., 337 Ill.App.3d 356, 785 N.E.2d 905 (1st Dist. 2003)
  • East Coast Fasteners & Closures Inc. v. Employers Mutual Casualty Co., 93 Fed. Appx. 948, 2004 WL 627027 (7th Cir. 2004)

Unreported Cases

  • Pekin Ins. Co. v. Skender Const., 2013 IL App (1st) 123532-U, 2013 WL 6858493, (unpublished disposition, 1st Dist. December 27, 2013)
  • American States Ins. Co. and American Economy Ins. Co. vs. Michael Strick, Appellate Court No. 2-09-1188 (unpublished disposition, 2nd Dist., November 5, 2010)
  • City of Elmhurst v. Insurance Co. of the West, Appellate Court No. 2-07-0565 (unpublished disposition, 2nd Dist., September 3, 2008)