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John P. Cunningham
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John P. Cunningham

525 West Main St.
Suite 200
Belleville, IL 62220
T: (618) 355-5102
F: (618) 235-5591
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Education

Southern Illinois University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1986)
Elmhurst College (B.S., magna cum laude, 1983)

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Mr. Cunningham is a shareholder in the Brown & James Belleville, Ill., office. He has been with the firm his entire career and has tried countless successful trials and appeals in the areas of first-party insurance claims and tort law, including arson and fraud litigation, premises liability, product liability, and automobile litigation.

Recent Achievements
Super Lawyers - Personal Injury General: Defense, Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
IAAF Illinois Award for Recognition for dedication and service in CFI instruction
American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Evidence
American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law
American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Equity/Injunctions
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Illinois State Bar Association
International Association of Arson Investigators
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
East St. Louis Bar Association
St. Clair County Bar Association
 
Bar Admissions
Illinois
Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Publications
Illinois Alters Defense of Misrepresentation in the Application

Employer's Liability Policy Does Not Cover Claim for Spoliation of Evidence in Illinois

Duty to Act in Good Faith Both Before and After Suit is Filed in Illinois

New Legislation in Illinois May Change the Way Innocent Co-Insured's Claims are Handled

Notice Clause Near Death in Missouri

Bad Faith Refusal to Settle - The Stakes Are Higher

Speaking Engagements:
"Civil Case Law Update," Civil Case Law Update, Insurance Issues and Ethics Seminar, United States Arbitration & Mediation (June 2018)

"Case Law Update," Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium (January 2017)

"Case Law Update," Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2014)

"Case Law Update," Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2013)

Co-presenter with Julia Jackson of Illinois Casualty Company, at the Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) national seminar in Orlando, Florida on ”Alcohol-Related Injury Liability” and Explored Liability and Defense Issues in Dram Shop and Negligence Claims Involving Alcohol (April 2012). 

"Mold Litigation" seminar presented to attorneys and the insurance industry in Collinsville, Illinois (September 2002).

"Courtroom Testimony" seminar presented for the International Association of Arson Investigators in Belleville, Illinois (March 2002).

"Legal Issues in the Arson Defense" seminar presented to the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators at the Advance Insurance Fraud Seminar in Lake Ozark, Missouri (April 2001).

Presented seminar to Hartford Insurance Company in Indianapolis, Indiana on a variety of topics, including duty to defend, premises liability claims, uninsured motorist claims and dram shop claims. (January 2000).

Author and Speaker: "Annual Symposium on Property Insurance Law" Brown & James, P.C., (1992 through 1999).

"General Liability Coverage Issues in Illinois" seminar presented to Commercial Union Insurance Company in St. Louis, Missouri (December 1998).

"First Party Claims Practices and Avoidance of Bad Faith Claims" seminar presented to State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois (April 1998).

"Vexatious Delay and Refusal to Pay" seminar presented to the insurance industry in St. Louis, Missouri (January 1997).

"Motive, Means and Opportunity" seminar presented to the insurance industry in St. Louis, Missouri (January 1997).




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