Terry Fox is a Partner in the firm’s Chicago office focusing his practice on Employment and Labor. Terry has extensive experience advocating for employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Illinois Human Rights Commission, Cook County Human Rights Commission, and in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Prior to joining the firm, Terry was a partner at a firm in Chicago where his practice focused primarily on litigation of Employment, Insurance Coverage, and Construction disputes. Terry is knowledgeable in E-Discovery issues, having counseled clients on the impact of information systems on litigation. He has obtained injunctive relief against terminated employees to stop post-termination contact through internal communication networks. In close conjunction with employment issues, Terry is involved in insurance coverage, policy drafting, and other risk transfer strategies. Additionally, Terry has over 15 years of experience in residential and commercial construction disputes.
Prior to entering law school, Terry was an Office and Field Adjuster for all product lines including personal and commercial property and casualty insurance with Federated Mutual Insurance Company. Terry is also a contributor to The Labor & Employment Law Update blog.
Terry earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from University of Iowa and is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Constitutional Law||First Amendment Law, Freedom of Information|
|Construction Law||Construction Accidents, Construction Arbitration, Construction Claims, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Insurance, Construction Insurance Defense, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation, Construction Mediation, Construction Safety, Contractors Liability, Materialmens Liens, Mechanics Liens|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation|
|Labor and Employment||Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination in Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Confidentiality Agreements, Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Discipline, Employee Drug Testing, Employee Privacy, Employer Rights, Employment Arbitration, Employment at Will, Employment Breach of Contract, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Claims, Employment Class Actions, Employment Contracts, Employment Defense, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Employment Mediation, Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Employment Rights, Employment Termination, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Executive Employment Law, Executive Severance Contracts, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave Act, Harassment, Human Resources Law, Management Employment Law, Management Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Origin Discrimination, Negligent Hiring, Noncompete Litigation, Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation, Agreements, Personnel Policies, Personnel Training, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reductions in Force, Restrictive Covenants, Retaliatory Discharge, Sexual Harassment, Title VII Discrimination, Uniformed Services Employment, and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Wage and Hour Class Actions, Wage and Hour Law, WARN Act, Whistleblower Litigation, Workplace Violence, Wrongful Termination Defense|
|Leases and Leasing||Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law, Commercial Leasing, Evictions, Industrial Leasing, Landlord and Tenant Law, Lease Finance, Lease Terminations, Leasing, Office Leasing, Retail Leasing, Unlawful Detainer|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Trial Practice|
|Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations||Charitable Giving, Charitable Organizations Law, Nonprofit Organizations Law|
|Premises Liability||Inadequate Security, Negligent Security, Premises Liability Defense, Premises Security, Private Security Litigation|
|Real Estate||Community Association Law, Condominium Association Law, Condominium Law, Property Management, Real Estate Leasing, Real Estate Litigation|
Partner | Kelley Kronenberg
2015 - 2015
Civil litigation and advisor to business interests and others facing complex legal issues and challenges primarily in the areas of labor & employment, commercial contracts and leases, condominium, construction and catastrophic loss. Dispute resolution by private negotiations, mediation, arbitration, agency adjudication, and trial in state and federal courts.
Member of Board of Directors | Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
2012 - 2015
Elected position on the Board of Directors, in the most active and visible state insurance defense bar organization in the nation. The IADTC provides a voice to civil defense lawyers throughout Illinois in both the Legislature and the Courts.
Volunteer Member of Board of Directors | Family Counseling Services - Big Brothers-Big Sist
2009 - 2015
Serve on Non-Profit Board governing umbrella organization overseeing the delivery of services under family and credit counseling to families in the Fox Valley area, as well as the Big Brothers & Big Sisters Programs.
Partner | SmithAmundsen LLC
2008 - 2015
Practice focused on trial of civil cases, with an emphasis on representing and advising employers in discrimination and other employment-related disputes, catastrophic losses including construction site injuries, wrongful death, and provide counsel on insurance coverage-related issues.
Volunteer as Member of Board of Directors | Plum Landing
2008 - 2015
Serve on Board of Directors for Non-Profit Senior Residence Community in the Aurora, Illinois, area.
Co-Chair | Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
2007 - 2012
The IDC Insurance Law Committee is a pre-eminent substantive committee of the Illinois Association of Insurance Trial Defense Counsel. Members engage in regular meetings to discuss and debate significant legal issues and decisions impacting how insurance policies are or will be applied in Illinois. It provides a great opportunity to become a skilled author on legal issues, and to advance the defense bar.
Served on Board of Directors | Fox Valley Carpenter's Place
2007 - 2010
Fox Valley Carpenter's Place was an Illinois Not-for Profit Corporation serving the homeless and near homeless in the Greater Aurora area. Its mission was to identify and coordinate delivery of resources for the disadvantaged. Its assets were moved into and became part of Hesed House, Aurora, Illinois, and the corporation dissolved.
Partner | McKenna Storer Rowe White and Farrug
2002 - 2008
Partner, civil trial practice in cases involving employment and civil rights claims, catastrophic loss and wrongful death, insurance coverage and construction cases.
Associate and Partner | French Kezelis and Kominiarek
1997 - 2002
Attorney handling civil trial issues involving general insurance defense, employment and civil rights disputes, large bodily injury claims, construction disputes and claims, as well as insurance coverage matters.
Claims Manager | Coregis Insurance Company
1995 - 1997
Non-Profit D&O Claims Manager and Litigation Coordinator for P&C Division of major specialty insurer located in Chicago.
Associate | Schaffenegger Watson and Peterson
1993 - 1994
JD Law - Accelerated Program | University of Iowa
1988 - 1990
Was involved in preparing brief to Iowa Supreme Court that clarified Iowa Open Meetings Law, within the context of colleges and universities.
Activities and Societies: Clerked at Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Firms.
BA - Political Science | Iowa State University
1981 - 1985
Activities and Societies: Chief Justice of Iowa State, Chief Justice Towers Residence Association, Honors Program, Political Science-related organizations, various state and national political campaigns, Iowa Scholar.
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Chicago, Illinois, Cook County
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