Shimon B. Kahan


Personal Profile


Founding Partner (August 1, 2001 to Present)

Haynes, Studnicka, Kahan, O’Neill & Poulakidas, LLC

• Practice encompasses traditional areas of tort defense including first and second chair trial work.

• Responsibilities include the preparation and trial of civil matters with an emphasis in truck-transportation, premises liability and claims brought against retail business owners, product liability, construction negligence, and certain civil enforcement actions in environmental matters.

• Has primary responsibility for all firm appellate work. 

• Has had primary responsibility for catastrophic injury cases that resolved prior to or during trial, many before suit filed and tried (sometimes with co-counsel) property damage, injury, wrongful death, and contribution claims.

  1. Caseload throughout Illinois with claims tried, resolved or currently pending in Cook, Will, Lake, Peoria, Grundy, McLean, Bureau, Dewitt, Kendall, Kane, Kankakee, Champaign, LaSalle, Macon, Jo Davies, Winnebago, Sangamon, Tazewell, Whiteside, McHenry, and Henry Counties as well as extensive practice in federal courts.

  2. Extensive experience mediating claims as advocate and trained and certified as a mediator

Partner/Associate (1991-2001)

Williams Montgomery & John Ltd.

• Responsible for resolution of hundreds of civil matters involving truck-transportation (auto, truck), construction negligence and defect, and product and premises liability.


DePaul University College of Law

Juris Doctorate: 1991

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BS Speech Communication: 1988


Illinois Supreme Court, United States District Court Northern & Central Districts of Illinois, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Pro Hac Vice Admissions in Iowa & Indiana; Federal Trial Bar in Northern District Court of Illinois.


One of Eight Approved Mediator Neutrals in Illinois by the Transportation Lawyers Association

Certified as a mediator for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division


Certification Northwestern University SCS Mediation Training Program October 2008 (40-hour); Transportation ADR Counsel Inc. Certified Mediator May 6, 2008 (8-hour)


Attended Cook County Major Case Mediation Seminar Spring 2004; Best Practices for Successful Settlement Conferences and Mediations Seminar (February 2007); Attended Numerous Cook County CLE monthly seminars on mediation techniques (beginning Summer 2005 – present), including: The Seven Steps to Successful Mediation Mastery for Advocates and Mediators Nov 2006;Mediating customer/broker securities disputes: What does counsel want from the mediator and the mediation? Jan 2007; Understanding the Role of Structured Settlements in Mediation April 2007; Tales from the Front Line or What I’ve Learned in 1,400 Court Mediations Nov 2007; The Do’s and Don’ts of Mediating Employment Cases with Government Agencies Mar 2008; Served as judge in the International Law School Mediation Tournament sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association and The International Academy of Dispute Resolution March 2009.


“Did You Waive Your Workers’ Compensation Defense?” Nov/Dec 2008 Monthly, Motorfleet (Published by North American Transportation Management Institute)

“Why You Want to be in Federal Court: Things You May Not Appreciate”, The Transportation Lawyer, Published by the Transportation Lawyers Association April 2009, Vol 10, Number 5

“How Traffic Citations Can Affect Evidence And Liability at Trial: Admissibility of Citations”, Truck Industry Defense Association Summer 2009 e-newsletter


• Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division: Strategies for Mandatory Arbitration (Speaker)

• Illinois State Bar Association, 2002 Illinois Environmental Conference, Moderator for presentation on “Toxic Torts and Private Citizen’s Actions,” which included speakers Shawn Collins, Mark Misiorowski, and James Gordon.

• Truck Industry Defense Association (“TIDA”) February 2007, Speaker/Moderator/Organizer; How Initial Investigation and Accident Reconstruction Shape the Evidence at Trial, Miami, FL

  1. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, March 4, 2009: Spoke before Claims supervisors and specialty group claims professionals regarding the impact of the Ready decision - barring allocation of fault  n verdict form as to settling parties - on settlement negotiations and trial strategy.

• Gallagher Bassett Services in Mechanicsburg, PA, March 26, 2009: “Learn over lunch” on Illinois law to claims staff regarding applicable limits of insurance coverage for rental vehicles; the obligation of a rental vehicle company to verify licensure before entrusting a vehicle to a customer; the impact of the Ready decision on settlement and trial strategy; and, how defending or failing to defend traffic citations may impact claims arising out of the accident.


• Appellate Lawyers Association, Chicago Bar Association

• Illinois State Bar Association, Transportation Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, Truck Industry Defense Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association


NATMI Certified Trainer - Accident Prevention, Management, and

Investigation, since July 19, 2009


Chair qualified arbitrator for Cook County Mandatory Arbitration system from November 1999-Fall 2008; Has represented dozens of commercial entities and individuals at arbitration as an advocate. arbitrator training. Certified August 20, 2009 to serve as an arbitrator for the Council of Better Business Bureaus BBB AUTO LINE program


Spending time with wife and five year old son; Snow Skiing; and Fantasy Baseball/football.


ISBA Lawyers in Classrooms Volunteers (present)