Shimon B. Kahan

shimon Kahan

Shimon B. Kahan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated from the Depaul University of College of Law in 1991. Mr. Kahan devotes his practice to preparing and trying personal injury and wrongful death cases in all substantive areas with a primary focus in transportation/trucking, retail and premises exposures, construction negligence, and those involving natural gas facilities. He has handled cases from the date of incident through appeal throughout the state of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice in Wisconsin and has accepted pro hac vice appearances in Indiana and Iowa. Mr. Kahan has been a speaker at numerous industry and bar association seminars for CLM, TIDA, and TLA, and was selected by his peers as a Leading Illinois Attorney as published in Law and Leading Attorneys, SuperLawyers, and Top Attorneys of Illinois. He is an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau, Cook County Commercial Calendar, Transportation ADR Council, and for FINRA. Mr. Kahan can be contacted at

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Pro Hac Vice Admissions: 

American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Claims Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Research Institute
Illinois State Bar Association
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
Transportation Lawyers Association
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Areas of Practice:
Transportation Law
Trucking Law
Construction and Construction Negligence Law
Natural Gas Facilities Related Tort Claims
Products Liability Law
Extra Contractual Insurance Coverage Law
Cargo and Freight Claims
Personal Injury-Defense
Breach of Contract

Litigation: 100% of practice devoted to litigation

Representative Cases:
In a Wrongful Death case filed in 2020 in the Circuit Court of Cook County (IL) by the Estate of a minor against a recreational theme park located in Wisconsin, plaintiff sought to hold the theme Park operator liable for a child’s death, alleging it failed to provide proper traffic controls and that the parking lot’s design was unsafe. After removing the case to the North District of Illinois, Shimon Kahan successfully moved to transfer the case (as an alternative to dismissal) to Wisconsin federal court on the basis that plaintiff could not establish jurisdiction in Illinois despite plaintiffs’ allegations that defendant targeted the Northern Illinois with advertising. Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration and to stay the underlying litigation based on the pendency of two jurisdictional cases before the USSC was denied in December 2020.

Articles Authored:
“Did You Waive Your Workers’ Compensation Defense?” Published by North American Transportation Management Institute.
“Why You Want to be in Federal Court: Things You May Not Appreciate,” Published by the Transportation Lawyers Association.
“How Traffic Citations Can Affect Evidence and Liability at Trial: Admissibility of Citations,” Published by Truck Industry Defense Association.
“Can Data Analytics Make a Zero Claim Goal a Reality?” Co-authored with Shimon Kahan and Deborah Metzger-Mulvey. Published in the Michigan Defense Quarterly, January 2015, Vol. 31, No.3.
“Strategies for Mandatory Arbitration,” Chicago Bar Association, Speaker.
Toxic Torts and Private Citizen’s Actions,” Illinois State Bar Association, 2002 Illinois Environmental Conference, Organizer and Moderator.
“How Initial Investigation and Accident Reconstruction Shape the Evidence at Trial,” Truck Industry Defense Association (“TIDA”) Advanced Seminar, February 2007, Panelist.
“The Evolving Issue of Social Media: How Technology Can Help You to Read Between the Lines – Or Not.” TIDA Advanced Seminar January 2014, Panelist.
“Combining Federal Regulations, Negligent Entrustment/Hiring Theories, and Piercing/Alter Ego Theory – The Perfect Storm,” Author, Transportation Lawyers Association (“TLA”) Annual Conference May 2014.
Discoverability and Admissibility of Preventability Determinations, TLA Annual Conference April 2014.
Numerous Half-Day and “Lunch N’ Learn” Presentations on Mediation, Discovery Tactics and Case Strategy through CLM for Kemper, IAT, Gallagher Bassett Services, and Catholic Charities Mutual as well Sears Holdings Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Liberty Mutual, and Motor Transport Underwriters.

ADD’L TRAINING: NATMI Certified Trainer – Accident Prevention, Management, and Investigation, since July 19, 2009