Frederick J. Sudekum, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Chicago, IL

Sudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff, Chtd.
 | 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2450
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-541-3294
Fax: 312-262-3413
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (70%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (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 insurance coverage disputes, insurance fraud investigations  and defending 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.  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 clients in high-profile cases of fraud, fires, explosions and other typoes of losses.

    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 and CLM, the Claim and Litigation Managment organization. Through peer review he 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
    • 70%Insurance Coverage
    • 30%Civil Litigation: Defense
    Focus Areas

    Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2021

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    About Frederick Sudekum, III

    Admitted: 1981, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/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

    Industry Groups

    • American Bar Association
    • CLM
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    Office Location for Frederick J. Sudekum, III

    20 North Clark Street
    Suite 2450
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 312-541-3294

    Fax: 312-262-3413

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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