Edward Eshoo, Esq.

877 449 4700

Edward Eshoo

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
181 W Madison, Suite 3475
Chicago, IL 60602

Office: 312-260-0806
Email: eeshoo@MerlinLawGroup.com


Licensed in:

  • Illinois

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  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin


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Edward Eshoo, Esq.

Following his two-year judicial clerkship for Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Howard C. Ryan, Edward Eshoo, Jr.  began his legal career in 1987 representing insurance companies in life, health, and disability insurance claims and litigation.

Since 1990, Ed has dedicated his practice to assisting policyholders with their insurance claims. He has successfully coordinated the investigations of over 1,000 claims regarding insurance recovery and related litigation. He has negotiated, adjusted, prosecuted, and/or tried first party and third party insurance claims ranging from fire, explosion, tornado, hurricane, hail, theft, vandalism, frozen plumbing/water damage, and mold to defective construction and construction products. By virtue of his background and experience, he is sensitive to the myriad of issues that arise during the insurance claims process; issues which potentially bog down and stall the claims process. His vast experience includes national and international policyholder representation in risk management/disaster recovery and property insurance coverage matters.   Ed also has served as a member of Plaintiff Steering Committees in MDL class action lawsuits regarding defective windows.

Ed was instrumental in the formation of the Association of Midwest Public Insurance Adjusters. He currently serves as Chair for the Insurance Law Section of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America).  Ed also is a Certified Mediator.

As a former college basketball player, Ed coaches AAU Girls Basketball. Ed’s son, Eddie, was a walk-on for the University of Dayton Men’s basketball team. His daughter, Emily, currently plays for the Bradley University Women’s basketball team. Ed resides in Naperville, Illinois with this wife of 26 years, Libby.

John Marshall Law School- Chicago- 1985

J.D. honors with distinction, member of the Law Review

Knox College- 1982

Bachelor of Arts

Certified as a Mediator (2010) (DePaul University College of Law Center for Dispute Resolution).

Chapter 10, “Analysis of the Simplified Homeowners Insurance Policy”, Property Insurance Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1998).

Chapter 4, “Analysis of the Simplified Insurance Policy”, Property Insurance Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1993, 1996, 1998).

“Change in Character of Surface Water” 11 Years After Heller“, American Law Journal (October 2001).

“Mold Litigation From the Policyholder’s Perspective”, Chicago Bar Association Record (June/July 2002).

“Insurance Payouts Indicate ‘Mold is Gold’ Holds”, Indoor Environment Connections (December 2003).

“First-Party Insurance Coverage for Mold”, available at The Environmental Risk Resources Association Mold Page at www.erraonline.org/mold.htm (Winter 2004).

“Teachers and Mold: School District Liability for Work-Related Illness or Injury”, Indoor Environment Connections (February 2004).

“Making Waves with Water Intrusion Mold Claims”, Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Summer 2004).

Chapter 6, “Mold Litigation in Illinois”, Toxic Mold Litigation, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc. (2005).

“A Matter of Trust: The Duties and Liabilities of Insurance Producers”, Chicago Bar Association Record (October 2005).

“Replacement Cost Insurance and the Issue of Matching”, The Insurance Law Bulletin Vol. 5, No. 12 (January 2007).

“Overhead and Profit: Its Place in a Property Insurance Claim”, Adjusting Today (2007), reprinted in the Fire Casualty and Surety Bulletins, a National Underwriter publication.

Chapter 10, “An Overview of Toxic Mold Litigation in Illinois”, Toxic Mold Litigation, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc. (2nd Ed. 2009).

Chapter 18, “Homeowner’s Insurance: The Real Estate Attorney’s Role”, Residential Real Estate Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2008, 2011).

“Filling the Vacant Premises Void”, American Association for Justice, Trial Magazine (October 2014).

“Navigating Releases in Property Insurance Claims”, American Association for Justice, Insurance Law Section Spring Newsletter (May 2015).

“Holding the line: The Standard Fire Policy remains a useful floor”, available at United Policyholders Blog at uphelp.org (December 1, 2015).

Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect and Product Liability Claims,” presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Bad Faith Litigation Group/Insurance Law Section Joint Education Program (July 2017).

Faculty/Speaker, “Replacement Cost Coverage: Not More than the Least of…”, Presented at American Bar Association Property Insurance Law Committee Annual Meeting (April, 2017).

Moderator, “Handling the Insurance Company Coverage and Unfair Claims Handling Pracitces Case”, Presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group and Insurance Law Section Joint Education Program (July 2016).

Speaker/Faculty, “Show Me The Money: Issues Impacting ACV and RCV Payments”, presented at the First Party Claims Conference (October 2016).

Moderator, “Handling the Insurance Coverage and Unfair Claims Handling Practices Case”, Presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group and Insurance Law Section Joint Education Program (July 2016).

Speaker/Faculty, “Examinations and Sworn Statements under Oath”, Presented at the Illinois State Bar Association, Insurance Law Section Webcast “Hot Topics in Insurance Law” (June 2015).

Speaker, “Class Action/Mass Action Litigation Involving First Party Insurance Disputes”,
Presented to Midwest Members of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors (August 2013).

Speaker/Faculty, “How Claims Go Wrong: a Policyholder’s Perspective”, Presented at the 17th Annual America’s Claim Event (June 2013).

Speaker/Faculty, “Appraisal, Umpiring and Resolution of a Business Interruption Claim”, Presented at the Financial Forensic Webinar Week-Business Interruption Losses and Claims (May 2013).

Speaker/Faculty, “Period of Restoration”, Presented at the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Property Section, Property Insurance Law Committee Spring CLE Meeting “Business Interruption Issues in Catastrophic Claims” (April 2012).

Speaker, “Hot Topics in Property Insurance”, Presented at the Association for Midwest Public Insurance Adjusters Annual Conference (October 2011).

Speaker/Faculty, “Replacement Cost: Meaning, Current Issues, and Recent Cases”, Presented at the First Party Claims Conference (October 2011).

Speaker, “EUO’s: What a Public Adjuster Needs to Know and Think About”, Presented at the First Party Claims Conference (October 2010).

Speaker/Faculty, “Chinese Drywall Legal and Insurance Issues”, Presented at the Environmental Sustainability Alliance on the Research Coast “Tainted Chinese Drywall: Getting Help for Those in Need” Conference (January 2010).

Speaker/Faculty, “First Party Insurance Coverage for Chinese Drywall Claims”, Presented at the National Association for Public Insurance Adjusters Mid-Year Meeting (December 2009).

Speaker, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About EUO’s But Were Afraid to Ask”, Presented at the Association for Midwest Public Insurance Adjusters Annual Conference (September 2008).

Speaker, “Insurance Coverage Issues for Water and Mold Damage Claims Arising Out of Construction Defects”, Presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Toxic Mold Litigation Group and Construction Defect-Property Damages Litigation Group Joint Education Program (July 2008).

Speaker, “Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction”, Presented at the Illinois State Bar Association, Insurance Law Council CLE Program (June 2008).

Speaker/Faculty, “Mediation in a Large Fire Loss Using Plaintiff and Defense Counsel as Co-Mediators”, Presented at the Property Loss Research Bureau Large Loss Conference (November 2007).

Speaker, “The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made By Public Adjusters During An Insurance Claim”, Presented at the Association of Midwest Public Insurance Adjusters Annual Conference (November 2007).

Speaker, “Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Law for Construction Defect Claims”, Presented at the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Insurance Coverage Committee Meeting (September 2007).

Speaker/Faculty, “Economic Loss Doctrine: Avoidance Strategies”, Presented at the Plaintiff’s Counsel Mold Summit (October 2005).

Speaker/Faculty, “Mold Coverage Under Existing Insurance Policies”, Presented at the Environmental Risk Resources Association “Environmental Insurance 101” (September 2005).

Speaker/Faculty, “Strategies & Techniques for Prosecuting & Defending a Mold Claim – A Point-Counterpoint Debate”, Presented at Mealey’s Mold Litigation Conference (June 2005).

Co-Chair, Mealey’s Mold Litigation Conference (June 2005)

Speaker/Faculty, “New Products and the State of Insurance Market”, Presented at Mealey’s Construction Defect and Mold Litigation Conference (December 2004).

Speaker, “Insurance Coverage Issues for Defective Construction”, Presented at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Toxic Mold Litigation Group and Construction Defect-Property Damages Litigation Group Joint Education Program (July 2004).

Speaker/Faculty, “Where Do We Stand on Expert Admissibility? Hear the Latest on Recent Decisions From Around the Country”, Presented at Mealey’s National Mold Litigation Conference (June 2004).

Speaker, “Mold and its Ramifications for the Construction Industry”, Presented at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference (February 2004).

Speaker/Faculty, “First-Party Insurance Coverage for Mold: The Past, The Present, The Future”, Presented at the Lorman Education Services “Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems” Seminar (October 2003).

Speaker/Faculty, “Recent Developments in First-Party Insurance Coverage for Mold”, Presented at the Lorman Education Services “Advances in Environmental Mold Issues in Illinois” Seminar (October 2003).

Speaker, “Mold and its Ramifications for the Construction Industry”, Presented at the Milwaukee Lead/Asbestos Information Center, Inc. Mold Seminar (October 2003).

Speaker, “Challenging Mold-Related Exclusions and Limitations in Homeowners Insurance Policies”, Presented at the American Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, “Litigation at Sunrise” Program (July 2003).

Speaker/Faculty, “Anatomy of a Mold Case”, Presented at the Harris Martin Publishing’s Mold Litigation Conference: Beyond the Basics II (June 2003).

Speaker, “Mold and its Ramifications for the Construction Industry”, Presented to the Painting and Decorating Council of America (April 2003).

Speaker/Faculty, “How Do You Spell Insurance? M-O-L-D”, Presented at the Harris Martin Publishing’s Mold Litigation Conference: Beyond the Basics (October 2002).

Speaker, “Impact of Insurance Coverage and Trial of a Mold Case: Plaintiff’s Perspective”, Presented at Mealey’s Mold Litigation Conference (October 2002)

Speaker, “Mold and its Ramifications for the Construction Industry”, Presented to the Northern Illinois Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association (July 2002).

Speaker, “Making Your Insurance Company Pay for Toxic Mold”, Presented at the American Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Insurance Law Section Education Program (July 2002).

Speaker, “Mold and its Ramifications for the Construction Industry”, Presented to the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin (May 2002).

Speaker, “Mold and its Ramifications for the Construction Industry”, Presented to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Greater Chicagoland (May 2002).

Speaker, “Mold and its Ramifications for the Construction Industry”, Presented to the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association (May 2002).

Speaker, “Mold Litigation from the Policyholder’s Perspective”, Presented at the Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Insurance Law Committee Seminar (April 2002).

Speaker, “The Policy Requirement to Submit to an Examination Under Oath and to Produce Documentation: The Insured’s Rights and Obligations and the Consequences of Noncompliance”, Presented at the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section Property Insurance Law Committee Regional Meeting (May 1997).

 

Recognized by his peers in a statewide survey conducted by Law Bulletin Publishing Company as among the top lawyers in Illinois within the practice area of insurance and insurance coverage law.

Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer for Commercial Litigation — Leading Lawyers Network.

Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers’ since 2005 for his primary area of practice in insurance coverage. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state were selected for this honor.

American Bar Association (ABA), Tort and Insurance Practice Section.

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Insurance Law Committee.

National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA).

American Association for Justice (AAJ); Past Co-Chair of the Toxic Mold Litigation Group; 2015-2016 Chair of the Insurance Law Section.