JOSEPH R. JEFFERY

PARTNER

 

Joseph R. Jeffery is a Member of Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC. Joe is an experienced litigator who represents clients in all manner of commercial and regulatory disputes across the country at the trial and appellate court levels, as well as in state and federal administrative proceedings and arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Joe’s clients value his ability to draw on the knowledge and experience obtained from handling a wide variety of matters requiring expertise in several substantive areas of law.

Education/Admissions

EDUCATION

University of Iowa, Bachelor of Arts, 1992
Saint Louis University, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1996

ADMISSIONS

Joe is admitted to practice in Illinois and Missouri. He is a member of the Trial Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is admitted to practice before the following federal courts where he represents clients:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Practice Highlights

Life, Health, Disability, & ERISA Litigation

  • Defended clients in complex ERISA disputes involving life, health, disability, and pension claims in the individual and class action contexts.
  • Represented insurers and financial services companies in all manner of ERISA fiduciary litigation disputes.
  • Prosecuted insurance fraud claims against medical providers, hospitals, and various types of out-patient medical facilities on behalf of health insurance clients.
  • Represented clients in stop-loss coverage disputes involving health-insurance carriers, self-funded employee benefit plans, and third-party plan administrators.

Employment Litigation & Consulting

  • Prosecuted actions on behalf of clients for breach of confidentiality, non-solicitation, non-compete, and non-pirating provisions.
  • Defended and prosecuted actions involving misappropriation of trade secrets, conspiracy, tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and other business-related torts.
  • Defended and prosecuted actions asserting claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

Financial Services Litigation

  • Defended broker-dealers and registered representatives in lawsuits and arbitrations asserting suitability claims, and claims for negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, violations of state and federal securities laws, fraud, securities fraud, and RICO.
  • Defended broker-dealers and registered representatives in lawsuits and arbitrations concerning the sale of registered and unregistered securities, including securitized tenant-in-common interests, hedge funds, limited liability interests, variable annuities, and mutual funds.

Regulatory

  • Provided advisory services to clients to ensure compliance with state laws governing the underwriting and sale of group life, health, and disability insurance products for employers and associations.
  • Consulted with clients interested in establishing and operating Preferred Provider Arrangements and Health Maintenance Organizations in Illinois and other states.
  • Worked to ensure clients’ compliance with federal and state laws related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the establishment and operation of discounted health care services plans and wellness benefit programs.

Publications

Joe is also the author of several articles dealing with a variety of ERISA issues, securities issues, and developments in electronic discovery, and he has presented multiple times at professional conferences.

  • Co-author, Recent Developments in Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Disability Insurance Law, Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. (2013-Present).
  • Co-author, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chp. 93A Long-Term Care Insurance (2017).
  • Co-Presenter, The ERISA Preemption Clause and Gobeille, American Conference Institute, 13th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, Oct. 27, 2016.
  • Author, Interpreting the Sounds of Congress’ Silence: Is A Fiduciary Entitled to Contribution or Indemnity from ERISA Co-Fiduciaries?, For the Defense, December 2015, 39-44.
  • Co-author, The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege in ERISA Litigation, The Voice, Vol. 24, Issue 4 (April 28, 2015).
  • Presentation, ERISA Litigation: Fundamentals for Business Lawyers, Chicago Bar Association, Business Law Committee, September 6, 2012.
  • Co-Presenter, Dr. StrangeRule, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love E-Discovery, Eastern Claims Conference (Feb. 2010).
  • Co-author, Steering Around Defamation Liability When Completing A U-5, Prac. Compliance & Risk for the Securities Industry, July-Aug. 2010, at 15-19.
  • Co-author, In ERISA Cases, Who Gets the Last Word on the Evidence in the Administrative Record?, DRI Today, Jan. 22, 2009.