Frederick J. Sudekum, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Chicago, IL

Sudekum Cassidy & Shulruff, Chtd.
 | 20 North Clark Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-803-6250
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (70%),
  • General Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

Frederick J. Sudekum, III, is a founder and senior partner of Sudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff, Chtd., and served as the first managing partner of this Chicago, Illinois, law firm. Mr. Sudekum represents insurance companies in analyzing insurance coverage disputes, undergoing insurance fraud recovery actions and defending against first-party property claims. He also handles appeals and general litigation matters.

Mr. Sudekum was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1977 from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. After completing his undergraduate studies, he studied law at the Saint Louis University School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1980, at which time he gained admittance to practice before the Missouri state courts. One year later, he was admitted to practice before the state courts of Illinois.

In more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Sudekum has focused his efforts on insurance-related cases and has represented these companies in high-profile cases of fraud and in litigation regarding fires, explosions and other major incidents. He has also served as the editor for the second edition of the Indiana and Illinois "Annotations to the Homeowners' Policy" published under the American Bar Association and was appointed by the attorney general of Illinois to write a section of the "Attorney General Arson Training and Prosecution Manual."

Mr. Sudekum is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, and he currently serves on the American Bar Association's Property Insurance Law Committee and is a member of its Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He is also a member of the Illinois Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention and through peer review has achieved a rating of AV Preeminent* with Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Insurance Coverage (70%)

General Litigation (30%)


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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2017

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About Frederick Sudekum, III

Admitted: 1981, Illinois

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Honors and Awards:

  • A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association's Tort Insurance Practice Section, Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Attorney General Arson Training and Prosecution Manual."
  • Illinois and Indiana editor, "Annotations to the Homeowners Policy" (2nd edition)

Educational Background:

  • University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
Office Location for Frederick J. Sudekum, III

20 North Clark Street
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-803-6250


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Last Updated: 6/14/2016

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