UrgoCrop2Michael J. Urgo, Jr.

Mr. Urgo received his Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University of Chicago and his J.D. from DePaul University Law School.  He is admitted to practice before all Illinois State and Federal Courts.

He is a member of Illinois Bar Association, DuPage County and Chicago Bar Associations.  Mr. Urgo is the past president of the Justinian Society & Lawyers DuPage County Chapter.

Mr. Urgo practices in the areas of auto, general liability, premises and products liability, construction litigation, as well as subrogation.

Mr. Urgo is selected and serves as arbitrator in all areas of personal injury, alternative dispute, as well as arbitrator in the Mandatory Arbitration Systems of both DuPage and Cook Counties.


Phone: 312-884-0330

nugentcropRichard E. Nugent

Mr. Nugent practices in the areas of product, premises, auto and construction liability. He is an experienced trial lawyer having tried numerous cases to verdict.

Richard is one of six children and was raised on the southside of Chicago in the Morgan Park neighborhood. He attended grammar school and high school in Chicago and then attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He then returned to Chicago and attended law school at Loyola University. Richard and his wife Denise have three adult children.

Mr. Nugent has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award and the President’s Award by the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel. He has lectured and moderated at numerous professional seminars.


Phone: 312-884-0332

Ryan S. Showalter                                            Managing Partner

Ryan Showalter’s practice mainly focuses on automobile, construction, premises liability and general negligence claims. Mr. Showalter has defended construction companies, including both general and subcontractors, in construction litigation involving personal injury, construction defects and breach of contract claims. He had defended both business owners and individuals in slip and fall cases. Mr. Showalter has handled claims in both state and federal courts. In addition, he has taken numerous cases to verdict.

He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Indiana University and earned his law degree from Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Representative Cases

Clients appreciate Ryan’s thoroughness and skill in navigating them through the often lengthy and complex litigation process. A few of his highlights include the following:

Vesic v. Elk Grove Truck Repair (14 L 8624 Cook County); Represented a truck repair company wherein Plaintiff sought significant damages for serious personal injuries sustained from a fall occurring on the property. Obtained a complete dismissal of all claims on behalf of client.

Metropolitan Construction v. Provancal Brothers. (13 L 2713 Cook County); Represented a plumbing company wherein Plaintiff sought significant damages based on claims of construction negligence and defects. Obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against client.


Phone: 312-884-0339

Amy J. Hemmingsen

Ms. Hemmingsen received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law and has been engaged in the practice of law for over 20 years.  She is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried numerous cases to verdict. She practices in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee Counties.

She is admitted to practice law in all Illinois and Nebraska State Courts. She is a member of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, as well as admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, for the 7th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

She practices in the areas of the defense of personal injury, premises liability, construction negligence, and products liability matters.

Ms. Hemmingsen is a member Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee. She also holds membership in the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. She has lectured at professional seminars.


Phone: 312-884-0355

Brian P. Cummings

Brian Cummings focuses his practice on the representation of design professional and business clients in complex and high-stakes cases.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having honed his craft for over 15 years in both the public and private sectors, he has obtained extensive experience in all aspects of litigation.  With an aggressive and meticulous approach, Brian strives to achieve his clients’ litigation objectives with efficiency and strategic clarity.  He has implemented this philosophy in successfully resolving cases through dispositive motions, settlement, mediation, and arbitration.

Practicing in both state and federal courts across Illinois, Brian has been trusted to defend the interests and reputation of a wide range of professional and business clients.  As lead defense counsel, Brian has successfully navigated his clients through wrongful death, paralysis, and catastrophic brain injury cases, defamation claims, and declaratory judgment suits involving regulatory issues.  As an Assistant Attorney General, Brian’s practice included representation of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Capital Development Board, the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Insurance, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the Governor, and the Secretary of State.


Phone: 312-884-0300

Christina Cecchini

Ms. Cecchini was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. She attended high school at Trinity in River Forest, Illinois.  Ms. Cecchini received her Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from DePaul University and her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice law in all Illinois State Courts.

Christina practices in the areas of personal injury, subrogation, premises liability, auto and construction liability. She has tried cases to verdict.  She also has expertise in uninsured/underinsured claims.

Ms. Cecchini is a member of the Women’s Bar Association, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Chicago Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association.


Phone: 312-884-0373