Cozen O’Connor: Hennessy, Christopher S.

Christopher S. Hennessy

Member

Chicago

(312) 474-4493

(312) 878-2003

Recent News:

Going the Extra Mile

Chris Hennessy talks to the Chicago Lawyer magazine about the Chicago Marathon and his role as board president of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA).

Chris focuses his practice on litigation, where he has counseled and assisted businesses across numerous industries. Chris’s proactive approach when working with businesses helps to keep them out of the courtroom when possible but at the same time, prepares them for the successful prosecution of their rights or defense of their conduct. Chris also assists his clients with risk management and conflict avoidance and works with them to understand their businesses from the inside-out. This allows him to assist those businesses throughout the gamut of their operations; including contract drafting and negotiations, employment and non-disclosure agreements, insurance and risk management needs, and litigation strategies. Chris’s litigation and trial experience informs his counseling strategies, while at the same time enabling him to fully protect the rights of his clients through verdict, if necessary.

The wide range of Chris's experience is evident from the variety of industries in which he has represented clients. For example, Chris has helped clients with ERISA claims brought by union pension and welfare funds alleging improper or insufficient contributions under multi-employer plans and defended employers from wage grievances brought pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. He has assisted clients in several different industries with drafting employment agreements and has successfully pursued the employer’s rights under such agreements. In the construction context, Chris has represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in claims related to construction defects, delays, and construction site injuries. He has both pursued and defended claims under the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act, and has defended professional liability claims against doctors, attorneys, and insurance producers and brokers.

Chris also has significant and varied experience in more traditional litigation involving personal injury and property damage claims, handling those cases from case inception through verdict. He has assisted his clients in the hospitality industry with claims ranging from Dram Shop Act matters to premises liability cases. Chris defended multiple cases — including one for wrongful death — arising out of a Legionella outbreak at a major hotel. Chris has experience in defending product liability claims that result in both property damage and personal injury, including product failure cases in the plumbing industry and personal injury cases arising out of claims against retailers and manufacturers of dietary supplements.

Chris is an accomplished author, contributing two chapters of a book on Illinois construction law (Claims Against Construction Participants and Delay Claims and Damages). He has given presentations to various audiences in the construction industry, discussing purchasing and interpretation of liability insurance for contractors; the insurance industry, teaching claims personnel about early intervention, claim investigation, and litigation; and for design professionals, on issues they uniquely face in the construction context. Chris has also published in the area of employment litigation, and is the chair for ABA Section of Litigation’s Employment & Labor Relations Law Newsletter.

Outside the firm, Chris is the president of the board of directors of the Chicago Area Runners Association and a past board president of the Peoples’ Music School. Chris graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in communications and received his law degree, cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School in 1996. Chris is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts in Illinois and Arizona, as well as before the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Experience

News

Going the Extra Mile

October 11, 2019

Chris Hennessy talks to the Chicago Lawyer magazine about the Chicago Marathon and his role as board president of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA).

Collaborative Spirit Integral to Upcoming Chicago Marathon

October 09, 2019

Chris Hennessy, in a feature story by the Chicago Suburban Journal & Topics News, draws parallels between his work efforts as a member of the Commercial Litigation practice mentoring younger attorneys and the collaborative efforts required to excel within the running community.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Christopher Hennessy Named Chair of the Newsletter Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Litigation, Employment & Labor Relations Law Committee

August 13, 2019

Christopher Hennessy, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Litigation Department in the firm’s Chicago office, has been named chair of the Newsletter Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment & Labor Relations Law Committee

Publications

The Independent Contractor Analysis under the National Labor Relations Act - Has the NLRB Come Full Circle? [Bloomberg Law]

March 26, 2019

Debra Friedman and Christopher Hennessy discussed how the employee versus independent contractor distinction is significant and has far-reaching implications for businesses.

The NLRB’s Newest Take on Who Is an Employee under the National Labor Relations Act [HR Headaches Blog]

February 01, 2019

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an important  decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc. and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338, 367 NLRB No. 75, Case 16-RC-010963 (Jan. 25, 2019), holding 3-1 that franchisee drivers who operated shared ride vans were independent...

New Reimbursement Obligations For Illinois Employers In 2019 [Law360]

December 18, 2018

Christopher Hennessy, a member in the firm's Chicago office, and Jeremy Glenn, the Chicago office managing partner, co-authored an article in Law360 about new laws in 2019 that will impact Illinois employers.

A Restriction Too Far: The Evolving Law on Non-Compete Agreements in Illinois

November 15, 2018

Christopher Hennessy, a member in the firm's Chicago Office, and Jeremy Glenn, the Chicago Office Managing Partner, co-authored "A Restriction Too Far: The Evolving Law on Non-Compete Agreements in Illinois" for the November 2018 Bar Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association.

How A Court's 'Pencil Color' Impacts Restrictive Covenants

September 11, 2018

Christopher Hennessy, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, and Jeremy Glenn, a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Department, co-authored an article in Law360 Expert Analysis regarding restrictive covenants.

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • Northern Illinois University, B.S., 1991
  • Illinois
  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

American Bar Association 

Chair, Newsletter Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment & Labor Relations Law Committee