CONTACT INFORMATION
(312) 641-1555

PRACTICE FOCUS

Appellate
Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense
Commercial Litigation
Construction
Insurance Coverage
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Toxic Torts
Transportation

EDUCATION

J.D., DePaul University College of Law (cum laude), 2008
B.A., University of Illinois, 2001

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Contact Information

Practice Focus


Appellate
Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense
Commercial Litigation
Construction
Insurance Coverage
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Toxic Torts
Transportation

Education


J.D., DePaul University College of Law (cum laude), 2008
B.A., University of Illinois, 2001

Bar & Court Admissions


Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Brian concentrates his practice on civil defense litigation and insurance coverage. He has extensive experience in the defense and trial of complex civil cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, construction law, product liability, and premises liability. He also has extensive experience representing clients in the analysis, litigation, and settlement of disputed coverage claims involving general liability coverage, commercial property insurance, auto insurance, directors and officers liability coverage, and bad faith.

Brian regularly appears in both state and federal courts to advocate on behalf of his clients, and he also has substantial experience in obtaining favorable results through mediation.

Highlights of Mr. Sanchez’s legal experience include the following:

    • Central Illinois Compounding, Inc. v. Pharmacists Mutual Ins. Co., 2018 IL App (3d) 170809. Won affirmance of the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of commercial property insurer, finding an exclusion for loss caused by water below the surface of the ground applied and the insurer did not act in bad faith in relying on the exclusion.
    • Barnai v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. et al., 2017 IL App (1st) 171940. Won reversal of the trial court’s order finding a settlement between the direct defendants and the plaintiff was in good faith. Also won reversal of the contribution judgment following jury trial against the employer.
    • Nat’l American Ins. Co. v. Harleysville Lake States Ins. Co., 622 Fed. Appx. 570 (7th Cir. 2015). Won affirmance of the District Court’s decision finding the auto exclusion of the client’s CGL policy excluded coverage for an $800,000 settlement entered into by the insured’s trucking insurer, and the mechanical device exclusion of the trucking insurer’s policy was inapplicable.
    • Powell v. American Service Ins. Co., 2014 IL App (1st) 123643. Won affirmance of the trial court’s decision dismissing plaintiff’s bad faith complaint on the basis that plaintiff failed to allege sufficient facts to show that liability against the insured was reasonably probable at the time the settlement demand was made.

In addition to his legal practice, Brian was appointed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to the Zoning Board of Appeals, where he will serve a five-year term. Brian also enjoys volunteering his time to local charitable organizations focusing on education and wellness.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, City of Chicago
  • Skender Foundation
  • Executives’ Club of Chicago
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Defense Research Institute