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P: (312) 368-4554 x121
F: (312) 368-4562

HOWARD B. RANDELL, a Shareholder with the Firm and co-chair of its insurance coverage practice group, has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international Insurance coverage and litigation matters, representing U.S, London and Asian market insurers.  His experience includes both first and third party coverage, claims defense and bad faith issues under a variety of insurance policies in both a commercial and personal lines context. He also focuses his practice on the defense and coverage of transportation, warehouse and related inland marine claims and the defense and coverage of national class action litigation.

Mr. Randell has litigated cases across the country in both federal and state courts.  A representative sampling of those jurisdictions include Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Colorado and California. He is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Appellate Bars for United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits, the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous state courts on a pro hac vice basis. 

He is a frequent lecturer to insurance companies and industry groups and has served as a panelist for the Property Loss Research Bureau at both its national and regional conferences. Howard authored Property Insurance, “Types of Coverage Available” for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and is an active participant in the Conference of Freight Counsel, Transportation Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute and the Chicago Bar Association Insurance Law Committee. He has been recognized for the past several years in the national list of Leading Lawyers.

Mr. Randell is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.), and DePaul University College of Law (J.D.). 


Reported Decisions

A representative sampling of his reported decisions include:

Nexus Alarm & Suppression, Inc. v. MG Logistics, Inc. No. 20-cv-6043, 2021 WL 215641 (N.D. Ill. May 27, 2021)

James River Insurance Co. v. Canal Insurance Co., 534 F.Supp. 3d 962 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 19, 2021)

ELCO Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Spirit Trucking Co., No. 20-3308, 2021 WL 2201599 (7th Cir. Feb. 5, 2021)

ELCO Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Spirit Trucking Co., No. 18 C 6800, 2020 WL 634315 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 29, 2020)

Hart v. BHH, LLC, No. 15-cv-4804, 2029 WL 5646984 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2020)

Willstrop v. Prince Marketing, LLC, No. 17-cv-350, 2020 WL 1550237 (D.Neb. Apr. 1, 2020)

Hartford Fire Insurance Company v. Aaron Industries, Inc., 2020 WL 91991 (N.D. Ill. January 8, 2020)

Austin Freight Sys. v. West Wind Logistics, Inc., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80026 (N.D. Ill. May 13, 2019)

Hart v. BHH, LLC, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77866 (S.D.N.Y. May 8, 2019)

Fujifilm N. Am. Corp. v. D/C Exp. & Domestic Packing, Inc., 339 F. Supp. 3d 790 (N.D. Ill. September 11, 2018)

Willstrop v. Prince Mktg. LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111616 (D. Neb. February 14, 2018)

Spring Point Condo Ass’n v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 204556 (N.D. Ill. December 13, 2017)

Jordan Mozer & Assocs. v. General Cas. Co. of Wis., 2017 U.S. LEXIS 159519 (N.D. Ill. September 27, 2017)

Hart v. BHH, LLC, No. 15cv4804, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105187 (S.D.N.Y. July 7, 2017)

Nat'l Fire Ins. Co. v. E. Mishan & Sons, Inc., No. 13-cv-5774, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83227 (S.D.N.Y. June 23, 2016)

Steigerwald v. BHH, LLC, 317 F.R.D. 615 (N.D. Ohio 2016)

Bd. of Library Trs. v. Bd. of Library Trs., 34 N.E.3d 602 (Ill.App.1st Dist. June 3, 2015)

Minor v. North Pointe Insurance Company et al, 3:14-CV-00616 (S.D. Ill. May 29, 2014)

Daniell v. Sempris, LLC, 2014 WL 2210472 (N.D. Ill. May 27, 2014)        

Dow Agrosciences LLC v. Peoples Insurance Company (Group) of China Property and Casualty Company Ltd. et al,  1:13-CV-06684 (N.D. Ill. September 17, 2013)

National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford et al v. E. Mishan & Sons, Inc., 1:13-CV-05774 (S.D. N.Y. August 16, 2013)   

Amera-Seiki Corp. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 721 F.3d 582 (8th Cir. 2013)       

Industrial Metals Recycling Corporation v. Worldwide Express, Inc. et al, 1:13-CV-04054 (N.D. Ill. May 31, 2013)        

ITC Logistics, Inc. v. Sentry Select Insurance Company, 1:13-CV-02554 (N.D. Ill. April 5, 2013)  

ATK Foods, Inc. v. 4-D Trucking, Inc., 1:13-CV-01392 (N.D. Ill. February 21, 2013)    

Herman v. Sempris, LLC et al, 1:13-CV-00020 (W.D. Mich. January 7, 2013)   

In Re: Precision Motor Transport Group, LLC, 3:12-CV-02360 (M.D. Pa November 26, 2012) 

Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. v. Moving Solutions Inc., 1:12-CV-09040 (N.D. Ill. November 9, 2012) 

Alliance Glass & Metal, Inc. v. M & A Transport Services, Inc. et al, 1:12-CV-08710 (N.D. Ill. October 31, 2012) 

All America Insurance Company v. VPI Acquisition Company LLC et al, 1:12-CV-05189 (N.D. Ill. June 28, 2012)        

Gerber Products Company v. Kuehne + Nagel Inc et al, 1:12-CV-04483 (N.D. Ill. June 8, 2012)

Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company v. Bruggeman Hurst & Associates, P.C. et al, 1:11-CV-08225 (N.D. Ill. November 17, 2011)   

Silgan Containers Manufacturing Corporation v. MVFM Cargo Log Internacional LTDA et al, 4:11-CV-03044 (S.D. Tex August 19, 2011)       

Araujo v. Atlas Trucking LLC et al, 1:11-CV-02108 (N.D. Ill. March 28, 2011)    

Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. Omni Rail Intermodal of Ohio, Inc., et al, 1:11-CV 00126 (M.D. N.C. February 15, 2011)

Travelers Ins. v. Panalpina Inc., 2010 WL 3894105 (N.D.Ill. September 30, 2010)

Evangelical Benefit Trust v. Lloyd's Underwriters Syndicate Nos. 2987, 1607, 1183 and 2001, 2010 WL 2927404 (N.D.Ill. July 19, 2010)

Jetstream of Houston, Inc. v. Aqua Pro Inc., 2010 WL 669458 (N.D.Ill. February 22, 2010)

Moran Industries, Inc. v. Higdon, 2008 WL 4874114 (N.D.Ill. June 26, 2008)

Corning, Inc. v. DHL Holdings (USA), Inc., 2007 WL 3124690 (E.D.Ky. October 25, 2007)

Hendricks v. Westport Ins. Corp., 2007 WL 1655235 (S.D.Ill. June 07, 2007)

Baloise Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Harring, 2006 WL 1455748 (M.D.Pa. May 24, 2006)

Baloise Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Harring, 2006 WL 1310792 (M.D.Pa. May 11, 2006)

Central Mut. Ins. Co. v. Useong Intern., Ltd., 394 F.Supp.2d 1043 (N.D.Ill. October 03, 2005)

Sompo Japan Ins. Inc. v. Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25931 (N.D. Ill. December 15, 2004)

Lustig v. Brown, 2004 WL 1244147 (N.D.Ill. June 03, 2004)

Allianz CP General Ins. Co. Ltd. v. Blue Anchor Line, 2004 WL 1048228 (S.D.N.Y. May 07, 2004)

Indemnity Ins. Co. of North America v. Hanjin Shipping Co., 348 F.3d 628 (7th Cir.(Ill.) October 31, 2003)

Nieman Marcus Group, Inc. v. Quast Transfer, Inc., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9564 (N.D. Ill. June 14, 2002)

Indemnity Ins. Co. of North America v. Hanjin Shipping Co., 206 F.Supp.2d 927 (N.D.Ill. June 14, 2002)

Tokio Marine & Fire Ins. Group v. J.J. Phoenix Exp., Ltd., 156 F.Supp.2d 889 (N.D.Ill. March 30, 2001)

William Wrigley, Jr. Co. v. Stanley Transp., Inc., 121 F.Supp.2d 670 (N.D.Ill. February 22, 2000)

William Wrigley, Jr. Co. v. Stanley Transportation, Inc., 1999 WL 608710 (N.D.Ill. August 04, 1999) 

Reported Decisions