After obtaining his J.D. from the University of Illinois, Adam Chaddock joined Quinn Johnston’s Peoria office. His practice is entirely devoted to the defense of civil litigation with an emphasis on defending physicians, nurses and hospitals in medical malpractice cases; defending municipalities, retailers, manufacturers and construction companies in all manners of litigation, including premises liability, product liability, defamation and conspiracy, contract disputes, wrongful death and other related actions; and defending transportation and trucking accidents. From the Peoria office, Adam provides litigation defense representation in more than 20 counties throughout central Illinois.
He has extensive trial experience, having successfully taken trials to jury verdict and having participated in approximately 20 trials to verdict. He has successfully briefed and argued matters before the Illinois appellate courts and successfully briefed matters before the Illinois Supreme Court.
Adam has been awarded an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rank based on legal ability and ethical standards. He also been recognized as an Illinois Rising Star and Illinois Super Lawyer by Chicago Magazine.
He has been a lecturer to the Peoria County Bar Association, the Illinois Hospital Association, ISMIE, the Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association, and the East Central Illinois Highway Commissioners Association. He is proud to be a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Peoria County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys.
When asked to describe the principles by which he practices, Adam responded, “I love what I do for a living. When people or companies turn to you in a time of need and uncertainty, it is both a great honor and responsibility to assist them in solving their problems. In obtaining the best possible outcome for the client, I think creatively, address the client’s concerns and needs, and provide the best possible value to the client. The reward to the work is not only obtaining a successful outcome for the clients, but also the personal satisfaction of a well-litigated defense and victory over the adversary.”
- J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 2001
- Honors: Fredrick Green Moot Board, Fredrick Green Moot Court Competition – Chicago Team
- B.A., History, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1998
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Peoria County Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
- Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent
- Illinois Super Lawyers List, 2014-2018
- Top 10 (Ranked #5) Downstate Emerging Lawyer per Emerging Lawyers Magazine, 2016
- Illinois Leading Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Defense, 2017-2018
- Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer, 2015-2016
- Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law based on AV® Rating, 2014
- Illinois Rising Stars Lists, 2008-2010 and 2012-2013
“Accountant Liability to Third Parties in Illinois,” Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2003
“Notice of a Dangerous Condition,” TORIMA News, Summer 2014
- “HIPPA Regulations Effective in 2013 and the Practical Effect of the Changes upon Hospitals,” IRMS/IPT Downstate Hospital Risk Managers and Quality Control Officers, Spring 2013
- “Being a Defensive Road Commissioner,” 32nd Annual Spring Seminar, East Central Illinois Highway Commissioners Association, Spring 2013
- “Products Liability,” CLE Civil Litigation Seminar, Peoria County Bar Association, Spring 2012
- “Premises Liability,” CLE Civil Litigation Seminar, Peoria County Bar Association, Spring 2010
News & Events
Smith and Chaddock obtain defense verdict for surgeon
Quinn Johnston attorneys Matt Smith and Adam Chaddock obtained a defense verdict for a surgeon following an eight day trial.
Quinn Johnston’s Entire Partnership Named as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Practice Areas
Leading Lawyers has announced that 18 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. Sixteen of the lawyers were named Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers registered to practice in Illinois and two were named Emerging Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent. Significantly, every firm partner was named a leading lawyer in their designated areas of practice.
2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Eight Quinn Johnston attorneys in Central Illinois were named to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers / Rising Stars lists.
Presentations: Quinn Johnston 2017 Government & Liability Seminar
Quinn Johnston attorneys presented their annual Government & Liability Seminar on Wednesday, October 25 in East Peoria. The following are videos of each presentation within the seminar.
Smith and Chaddock obtain defense verdict for healthcare professionals
Matthew Smith and Adam Chaddock obtained a defense verdict for healthcare professionals at the conclusion of a two-week trial.
2017 Government & Liability Seminar
Please join Quinn Johnston on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 for our annual Government & Liability Seminar. Our attorneys will present current developments and new trends that affect municipalities, city managers, insurers, risk managers and adjusters.
Smith and Chaddock obtain directed verdict for hospital
Matthew Smith and Adam Chaddock obtained directed verdict for their client in a recent medical malpractice case in Peoria County.
Leading Lawyers feature article on Adam Chaddock
On the same date every July, Adam P. Chaddock gets a note from a former client.
“Thank you,” it reads.
Read the full article…
Quinn Johnston Partner Receives Prestigious Award
Adam Chaddock, a Partner in Quinn Johnston’s Peoria office, was named as one of the Top 10 Downstate Illinois Emerging Lawyers. Chaddock placed fifth on the list published by Leading Lawyers and is the only attorney in the greater Peoria area to receive the Top 10 honor.
Quinn Johnston Attorneys Named as 2016 Leading Lawyers
Law Bulletin Publishing Company and its Leading Lawyers division has announced that 15 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Nine Quinn Johnston Attorneys Recognized for Professional Achievement
Nine attorneys from Quinn Johnston have been named to prestigious lists by two prominent ratings services: Illinois Super Lawyers and Illinois Rising Stars. Quinn Johnston is honored that all nine of the attorneys recognized this year have also been recognized for their professional achievement in past years.
Government & Liability Seminar
Quinn Johnston hosted an informative government and liability seminar on Wednesday,September 16, 2015. This complimentary seminar was suited for Insurers, Adjusters, Risk Managers, Municipalities, City Managers and others in government.
Ten Attorneys Recognized for Professional Achievement
Ten attorneys from Quinn Johnston have been named to prestigious lists by two prominent ratings services: Illinois Super Lawyers and Illinois Rising Stars. Each year, only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding lawyers.
Defense Verdict for Fortune 500 Construction Company
After a six-day trial, Adam Chaddock obtained a defense verdict for a client accused of negligently erecting a scaffold in a nuclear power plant. The jury rejected Plaintiff’s request for damages from $8 million to $10 million, instead returning a verdict in favor of the Defendant in 28 minutes. Michael Mersot second chaired the case.
Attorneys Named to 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Thirteen attorneys from our Peoria law firm have been recognized for outstanding achievements by two prominent ratings services.
News from the Firm – Fall 2012
Quinn Johnston was recently awarded a contract to provide legal services to the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD), effective October 1, 2012. Our attorneys have also recently obtained summary judgment for multiple clients in municipal law and premises liability cases, and the Fourth District Appellate Court recently upheld summary judgment for an insurance company client.
News From the Firm – Summer 2012
Four of Quinn Johnston's attorneys successfully defended a surgeon and a neurosurgeon in two separate medical malpractice jury trials. Jon Stump won a trial related to a motor vehicle accident involving a semi-truck and farm tractor. John Kamin obtained a defense verdict for an employer in a case involving a trip-and-fall in a parking lot.