Practice / Specifications:

Mr. Ayres has over 34 years of experience in a wide variety of litigation matters ranging from premises liability and vehicular accidents to complex construction defect, payment and bodily injury claims, products liability claims, environmental and toxic tort claims as well as related insurance coverage disputes. He has successfully defended high exposure cases with verdict potentials in excess of $20 million.


From 2013-present, Mr. Ayres has been named a Leading Lawyer in the state of Illinois in the categories of Construction Law and Insurance Law. The list is compiled after Illinois attorneys are asked to list lawyers they would recommend if a family member, friend or business associate needed legal counsel in a particular specialty area. The confidential peer survey is scrutinized by a review board in order to include only the top 5% of attorneys in the state of Illinois.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Illinois State Bar, 1984-present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • DePauw University, B.A. in Economics, 1981
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1984


  • State Courts of Illinois
  • Trial Bar, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Publications and Speaking:

  • “Attempted use of Experts to Expand Legal Duties in Personal Injury Cases”, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Leading Lawyers Law Day Edition (2014)
  • “Litigating Environmental and Toxic Tort Coverage Claims” chapter, Business Liability Insurance: Litigation, Arbitration and Settlement, Butterworth Legal Publishers (1992)
  • “Now that’s Illuminating:  Discovery of Pre-Suit Investigation and Surveillance” claims Seminar, 2018
  • “Emerging Issues in Allocation of Fault and Contribution” claims Seminar, 2016
  • “Premises Liability Update” claims seminar, 2013
  • “Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims from Start to Finish”, NBI 2010
  • “Common Types of Insurance Coverage Disputes”, NBI 2009
  • “Insurance Law Update in Illinois”, NBI 2008
  • “Insurance Coverage Litigation”, NBI 2006
  • “Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice in Illinois”, NBI 2005
  • “Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in Illinois”, Lorman 2003
  • “Advances in Environmental Mold Issues”, Lorman 2003
  • “Sick Building Syndrome and the DuPage County Courthouse”, Chicago Bar Assn. 1994