Howard L. Huntington

Biography

Howard L. Huntington is a partner of Bullaro & Carton, P.C. He focuses his practice on insurance defense, commercial, business, construction, product liability, professional liability, civil rights and transportation litigation in both Illinois and Indiana. Mr. Huntington has successfully represented corporations, banks and municipalities in a wide variety of civil litigation. He is "AV Preeminent" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. In 2012, he was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch". He was also selected as among Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers for 2013 through 2017 in Construction Law and Commercial Law. In 2016 and 2017, he was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers. 

Mr. Huntington has defended numerous construction contractors and subcontractors in catastrophic injury and wrongful death suits. He also has defended high-stakes injury and wrongful death claims brought against trucking and motor freight companies. He represented a carnival ride operator in a suit alleging wrongful death of a 10 year old who fell from a moving carnival ride. He has substantial experience defending manufacturers in product liability and asbestos lawsuits. He appeared before the Indiana Supreme Court for a products matter on behalf of a manufacturer of helicopters.

In addition, Mr. Huntington has handled numerous premises liability matters on behalf of hotels, casinos and retailers. He also has defended numerous retailers and wholesalers in federal actions brought under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act alleging misrepresentation of knock-off Native American-produced goods.

Mr. Huntington has substantial experience in breach of contract matters and disputes under the Uniform Commercial Code representing corporations, construction companies and real estate development companies. His commercial litigation practice also includes the representation of entrepreneurs and family owned businesses in litigation involving claims of failure to pay for goods and services, failure to deliver conforming goods and services and unfair business practices and competition. In the employment area, Mr. Huntington has defended municipalities and public entities in Title VII discrimination cases, Section 1983 public employee cases, employment contract and other matters. He argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and prevailed in the equal protection matter of Jensen v. City of Wilmington, Ill.

Education/Bar Admissions

Mr. Huntington received his B.A. in political science in 1995 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was president of Psi Upsilon fraternity, a trombonist in the Marching Illini, a cartoonist for a campus newspaper and was awarded the Sachem Leadership Honorary. He received his J.D. in 1998 from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was president of the Corporate Law Society and competed as a member of the copyright moot court team in the Cardozo/BMI moot court competition in New York. 

He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1998, the Indiana bar in 2000 and also has been admitted to the following federal trial and appellate courts:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including the trial bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 

In addition, Mr. Huntington has been admitted pro hac vice in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and Wisconsin state court. He has also been granted permission to practice in England in accordance with the Hague Convention by the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division. 

Professional Memberships

Mr. Huntington is a member of the following professional and civic organizations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • National Eagle Scout Association

He was awarded the 2010 Harrison Legal Writing Award (second place) by the Indiana State Bar Association for his article on negligent infliction of emotional distress published in Res Gestae.

Mr. Huntington, an Eagle Scout, is an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, having served as the Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association and volunteering as a law merit badge counselor for the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Past Speaking Engagements

Mr. Huntington's speaking engagements have included the following:

Radio interview regarding copyright litigation on WJOL 1340 AM (August 2013).

"Primer on American Product Liability Insurance and Law", presented for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (April 2012)

"Why Lincoln Was A Lawyer", presented on behalf of the Indiana State Bar Association as a part of its community outreach program (February 2012).

Publications

Mr. Huntington has authored the following articles:

Survey of Tort Law Cases, co-author, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's 2016 Survey of Law

Dangerous Territory: How the Indian Arts and Crafts Act Can Ruin Your Business, In-House Defense Quarterly, a nationwide periodical of the Defense Research Institute (Winter 2010)

Monograph: Beyond HIPAA: Solving the Puzzle of Properly Acquiring Mental Health Records in Litigation, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's IDC Quarterly, First Quarter 2016, Vol. 26, No. 1 (co-author)

Monograph: A Primer on Defenses in Section 1983 and Police Liability Civil Actions, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's IDC Quarterly, Fourth Quarter 2015, Vol. 25, No. 4 (co-author)

Landlord Lacks Tangible Interest in Village’s Strict Enforcement of Ordinance Regarding Unpaid Water Bills, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's 2015 Survey of Law

Statute of Limitations Blown by Plaintiff Who was Allegedly Unprotected and Defrauded in Mediation, published in Illinois Association of Defense Counsel's 2015 Survery of Law

CTA and its Bus Driver Overcome Presumption of Common Carrier Negligence where Standing Passengers Were Injured During Sudden Stop, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's 2014 Survey of Law.

Injured 13-Year Old Held Not Responsible  for Knowing Ordinance Prohibited Her Use of Park District's Slide Without a Sign or Other Notice, published in the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Local Government Committee's January 2015 Newsletter, Vol. 16 No. 1

Monograph: Tort Immunity Act, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's IDC Quarterly, First Quarter 2014, Vol. 24, No. 1 (co-author)

Pedestrian Crossing Intersection Lacking Crosswalk not an intended User of a Village Street, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's 2013 Survey of Law

County Forest Preserve District Did Not "Knowingly Permit" Stray Dogs in Woods, Despite Prior Incidents, published in Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's 2012 Survey of Law

Volunteered Web Design Services Are Not a "Contribution" or "Electioneering Communication" Under Election Code, published in the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Local Government Committee's November 2012 Newsletter, Vol. 13 No. 7

Expanding While Contracting: The Dynamic State of Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress in Indiana, Res Gestae, the monthly periodical of the Indiana State Bar Association (March 2010)

Representative Matters

Hall v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois               Achieved favorable and confidential settlement on behalf of the defendant hotel in premises liability action for wrongful death of successful English attorney. Plaintiff alleged death caused by contributing factors of trauma and subsequent medical malpractice.

Hobbs v. Elton John, et al.        

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois               Selected by carrier to serve as local counsel for lead counsel of New York, defending celebrities Elton John and Bernie Taupin against music copyright infringement claim based on song written by John and Taupin and recorded by Elton John. 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15452

Cooper v. Briggs-Rosalind Development, LLC        

Circuit Court of Will County, Ill.                                     Achieved $5,000 settlement defending local public entity in construction injury matter involving 2 fusion low-back surgeries and 3 elbow surgeries and $300K in specials.

Jensen v. City of Wilmington, Ill.        

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois               Won oral argument and appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, affiming district court judgment in favor of municipality in lawsuit alleging "class of one" equal protection claim. 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 14469

Brown v. Seals        

U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois                 Won Dismissal defending housing authority in 1983 action against housing authority and others for gunshot wounds allegedly inflicted by guest of tenant. Plaintiff alleged housing authority breached its duty to inspect and investigate guests of tenants. 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99261

Irving v. City of Elkhart, Ind.        

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana           Won summary judgment on behalf of city accused of discrimination and retaliation. Court found no adverse job action.

Janco Composites, Inc. v. Acra Electric Corp.        

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois                             Achieved nuisance value settlement of $5,000 on behalf of defendant industrial supply company that sold a drum heater blamed for seven-figure property damage sustained by industrial fire. Case settled in face of pending motion for summary judgment.

National Insurance Claim Bureau v. Daniels        

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana             Argued and won preliminary injunction on behalf of not-for-profit corporation in federal declaratory judgment action on basis of federal grand jury secrecy blocking state court discovery in action claiming false imprisonment pending in state court.

Native American Arts, Inc. v. Contract Specialties, Inc.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois           Won motion for dismissal of case against a jewelry manufactuere.  Client was accused of misrepresenting jewelry as Native American made in violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.   

Neddef v. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District        

Superior Court of Lake County, Ind.                           Won summary judgment on behalf of transporation district and its officer in lawsuit alleging false arrest, battery and other claims.

Reipsa v. Trump Indiana, Inc.        

Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.                                 Won motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of Indiana casino despite allegations casino arranged for transport of Illinois patrons from Illinois to Indiana. Plaintiff claimed negligence and dram shop liability based on fractures alleged incurred during a fist fight on casino's premises in Indiana.

Salazar v. Technistone USA, Inc.        

Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.                                   Achieved favorable confidential settlement on behalf of countertop materials seller in wrongful death action claiming bulk delivery of materials was improperly secured for transport.

Sergott v. Canteen Corp.        

Circuit Court of Madison County, Ill.                     Secured favorable settlement on behalf of defendant in face of pending motion for summary judgment. Action alleged that defendant exposed plaintiff to asbestos.