Born in Patras, Greece, Chris moved with his family to the United States in 1984. Since that time, he has called Illinois his home. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the Southern Illinois University and his law degree from the University of Illinois. As a history enthusiast and a lawyer, he finds Springfield, with its rich history and deep ties to the country’s most famous lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, a unique and fascinating place to live and work.
Chris joined Quinn Johnston’s Springfield office in 2009 and became a partner in 2014. At Quinn Johnston, Chris’ practice encompasses many areas, including medical malpractice defense, civil rights law, long-term care liability, municipal law, products liability, premises liability, insurance coverage law, trucking/transportation liability and workers’ compensation defense. Chris actively practices in both the state and federal courts of Illinois. Within these practice fields, Chris understands and recognizes that each case presents unique factual circumstances, and that each client has different needs and expectations. “My goal is to provide expert legal analysis of potential liability and exposure issues early in litigation, so that my clients can make informed decisions regarding the optimal resolution of their lawsuits, whether that is through aggressively negotiated settlement, dispositive motion practice, or jury trial,” Chris says.
Notable outcomes that Chris has obtained for clients include:
- Successfully defending a landlord who was sued by a former tenant who was catastrophically injured when armed gunmen broke into her apartment. Chris won that case in the lower court and on appeal, persuading both courts that a landlord could not be held liable for the criminal actions of third-parties.
- Winning summary judgment on behalf of a national trucking company in three consolidated lawsuits in which five individual plaintiffs sought damages. Chris successfully argued that a third-party driver, not the truck driver, was the proximate cause of the accident and the plaintiffs’ injuries.
- Obtaining summary judgment for clients in various premises liability claims involving trip-and-fall cases, slip-and-fall cases, dog-bites, and other allegedly dangerous conditions on property.
- J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 2008
- Honors: cum laude
- B.A., History, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 2005
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Sangamon County Bar Association
- Adjusters Association of Central Illinois
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois Rising Stars List, 2014 – 2018
Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer, 2015-2018
News & Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appellate Court Limits the Application of the Good Samaritan Act
The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that the Good Samaritan Act does not provide protection from liability for emergency room physicians being paid by hospitals for their services. Chris Galanos discusses the appellate court's decision in Home Star Bank v. Emergency Care & Health Organization, Ltd.
Traveling Employee to Become the Rule Rather than the Exception?
Under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act, injuries sustained by an employee traveling to and from work are generally not compensable. The Appellate Court’s decision in a recent case threatens to expand a limited exception for traveling employees and, according to the dissenting opinion, could potentially lead to unintended consequences.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules That Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Contracts Are Not Valid as to Wrongful Death Claims
In recent years, a number of cases have called into question when, if at all, circuit courts will enforce binding arbitration clauses in nursing home resident contracts. On September 20, 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an opinion which provides a seemingly clear, but unwelcome, answer to the controversy.
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.