Practice / Specifications:

Construction, Insurance Coverage, Maritime, Product Liability, General Commercial Litigation

Mr. Cano was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1992, and his law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1995.  He began his legal career in Chicago, practicing as an associate for seven years with Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey, and Lord, Bissell & Brook, LLP, before moving on to the Miami office of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP as a senior associate.  Mr. Cano returned to Chicago and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation while specializing in construction and insurance coverage litigation.  During his career, he has successfully litigated a wide range of complex commercial matters in Federal and State courts throughout the country for a broad spectrum of clients, from local companies and individuals to Fortune 500 companies.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1995
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1992


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Illinois State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Appeals & Published Opinions:

  • Westfield v. National Decorating Services, Inc., et al., 863 F.3d 690 (7th Cir. 2017)
  • Sienna Court Condo. Assoc. v. Champion Aluminum Corp., et al., 2017 Ill. App. (1st) 143364 (February 17, 2017)
  • Snow v. Power Construction Company, LLC, et al., 2016 Ill App. (1st) 151226-U (December 22, 2016)
  • Empress Casino Corporation v. W.E. O’Neil Construction Co., et al., 68 N.E.3d 856 (1st Dist. 2016)
  • Illinois State Bar Association v. Law Office of Tuzzolino & Terpinas, et al., 27 N.E.3d 67 (Ill. 2015)
  • Ragnar Benson, LLC v. Nat’l Heat & Power Corp., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2054 (Ill. App. Unpub. 2014)
  • Lederer v. Exec. Constr., Inc., 2014 IL App (1st) 123170 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2014)
  • Lynne v. Duke Realty Ltd. P’ship, 2014 IL App (1st) 123659-U (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2014)
  • Markel Am. Ins. Co. v. Dolan, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167468 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 26, 2012)
  • Mockbee v. Humphrey Manlift Co., 973 N.E.2d 376 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2012)
  • Dowe v. Birmingham Steel Corp., 963 N.E.2d 344 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2011)
  • Wachter Elec. Co. v. Elec. Sys., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131272 (E.D. Ark. Dec. 9, 2010)
  • Craig v. Norton, 338 Fed. Appx. 228 (3rd Cir. 2010)
  • Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co. v. Microplastics, Inc., 622 F.3d 806 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • PacifiCare Health Sys. v. Book, 538 U.S. 401 (U.S. 2003)
  • Employers Ins. of Wausau v. James McHugh Const. Co., 144 F.3d 1097 (7th Cir. 1998)
  • Brock v. Anderson Rd. Assocs., 301 Ill. App. 3d 168 (Ill. App. Ct. 2d Dist. 1998)
  • Soros Assocs. v. Trafalgar House Constr. India, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9916 (N.D. Ill. June 25, 1998)


  • Illinois Construction Manual (West 2016) (co-author of chapters on Private Construction Contract Provisions, Professional Liability and Insurance)
  • Insurer Liability for Judgments in Excess of Limits (Lorman, 1998)
  • Insurer Liability for Failure to Settle within Limits (Lorman, 1999)

Chris Cano Bio