Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

K. Clark Schirle is a Partner at Butler, having joined the firm in 2010. Clark’s practice areas include insurance coverage, first-party property, business interruption, international counseling and litigation, and casualty defense litigation. He is also experienced in complex, multi-million dollar first-party property disputes, including builder’s risk claims and boiler and machinery claims.

Clark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1985 from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his law degree from U.C.L.A in 1988. In addition to being a member of the Illinois Bar, Clark is a member of the International and Insurance Coverage Litigation Committees of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the ABA and the Defense Research Institute.

Clark is an author and avid lecturer, and has spoken at PLRB Large Loss Conferences, Loss Executive Association Conferences, and Property Insurance Law Committee Meetings.

Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

  • University of Illinois
    Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science
  • U.C.L.A. School of Law
    Juris Doctor

Memberships

  • International and Insurance Coverage Litigation Committees of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the ABA

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Aztar.   Business interruption claim in excess of $100 million relating to alleged lost revenues at a casino following the collapse of a garage during the construction of an expansion project.

Office Dept.  Property claim in excess of $27 million litigated in London and Florida relating to damage to a warehouse and distribution facility in England.

Ports of Indiana.   Property claim in excess of $12 million relating to a dock on Lake Michigan.

Walbridge.   Builder's risk claim in excess of $30 million relating to damage to one of the largest sinking concrete caissons in the United States.

July 08, 2013 PUBLICATIONPersonal Jurisdiction and the Stream-of-Commerce Theory: The Illinois Supreme Court Holds That Illinois Has Jurisdiction Over A French Company

In April 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court, in the case of Russell v. SNFA, 987 N.E.2d 778, held that Illinois had personal jurisdiction over SNFA, a French company, that supplied tail-rotor bearings custom made for helicopters manufactured by an Italian company.

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December 01, 2005 PUBLICATIONRecent Developments in Property Insurance Law

For the full version of the article, please contact the author.

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PUBLICATIONRecent Developments In Property Insurance Law
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PUBLICATIONTime Element Coverages In Business Interruption Insurance
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PUBLICATIONMeasuring Damage in a Megaloss If "Like Kind and Quality" Does Not Exist
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PUBLICATIONProperty Insurance Litigation Handbook, 2007
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Events

October 29, 2014 EVENTPLRB 2014 Large Loss Conference
PLRB 2014 Large Loss Conference
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June 12, 2014 EVENTLEA 2014 Spring Meeting & Educational Conference
LEA 2014 Spring Meeting & Educational Conference
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January 24, 2013 EVENTLoss Executive Association's 82nd Annual Meeting
Loss Executive Association's 82nd Annual Meeting
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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Arson
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bad Faith
  • BI (Business Interruption)
  • Boiler and Machinery - Coverage
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Coverage - Boiler and Machinery
  • Coverage - Business Interruption
  • Coverage - Business Owner's
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Coverage - Property
  • Earth Movement - Construction Defect Litigation
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Insurance Coverage
  • International Law
  • Products Liability
  • Third Party Coverage Issues