Laura Fahey focuses her practice on defending clients in matters concerning product liability, premises liability, and professional liability (legal malpractice). Laura has experience in appellate practice and insurance coverage disputes, and has also defended product liability class action lawsuits.
Laura is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010), and Indiana University, Bloomington (B.S., with honors, 2007). Before entering private practice, Laura served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stuart E. Palmer and the Honorable Thomas R. Allen in the Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court. Laura is a member of the Illinois bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Laura is an active member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). She is also a mentor with HFS Scholars, an organization that provides scholarships to academically motivated inner-city high school students.
Ms. Fahey assisted in successfully obtaining summary judgment in favor of a home improvement store, based upon the lack of actual or constructive notice to the client. The plaintiff tripped and fell on 2x4 lumber boards that were in the bottom of a customer’s shopping cart. Ms. Fahey successfully argued that the court should reject the plaintiff’s proposed heightened standard of care: continuous monitoring and patrolling of the store’s safety conditions. Further, Ms. Fahey successfully argued that the plaintiff failed to establish a pattern or practice of similar incidents. The court allowed costs on behalf of the client.
Ms. Fahey assisted in a premises liability jury trial, resulting in a not guilty verdict in favor of the defendant home improvement store. The plaintiff cut her shin open on a piece of steel in a bundle of wood that was delivered to her driveway. She alleged the home improvement store was at fault for failing to package the materials in a safe manner.
Ms. Fahey assisted in successfully obtaining summary judgment in favor of a home improvement store in a $4.3 million dollar suit. The plaintiff slipped and fell while attempting to walk around a skid of merchandise and related stocking activity in the store aisle. The plaintiff stepped on a small dark plastic corner piece used for the merchandise on the skid. Ms. Fahey assisted in successfully arguing that the store did not owe a duty to the plaintiff because the stocking activity was an open and obvious danger.
Ms. Fahey drafted a winning appellate brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The brief successfully argued that the Seventh Circuit should affirm the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of a home improvement store, based on the open and obvious doctrine. The plaintiff was struck in the shoulder by a falling stack of insulation in a self-service warehouse. Ms. Fahey successfully argued that the plaintiff recognized and appreciated the open and obvious nature of the leaning, uneven, and unstable stack of insulation. Ms. Fahey successfully struck the plaintiff’s affidavit and defeated the plaintiff’s argument that the store was liable for failing to properly stack the insulation. Ms. Fahey obtained costs on behalf of the store. The opinion can be found at 880 F.3d 899 (7th Cir. 2018).
Ms. Fahey assisted in successfully obtaining summary judgment in in favor of a home improvement store, based on the natural accumulation doctrine. The plaintiff slipped and fell on liquid while entering the store on a rainy day. She assisted in successfully arguing that the liquid was rain water and that the store owed no duty to the plaintiff. She assisted in successfully barring the plaintiff’s expert’s affidavit and defeating the plaintiff’s arguments that the store was liable for an uneven floor.
Ms. Fahey assisted in obtaining a summary judgment for a snow tube manufacturer client in a product liability case filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Ms. Fahey has also negotiated very favorable settlements on behalf of retail clients and product manufacturers.