Thomas Soule

Associate

Over two decades, Tom Soule has prosecuted, and defended against, complex claims at all phases of the litigation process. He started at a preeminent plaintiff-side consumer protection firm, where he pursued classwide relief in federal and state courts across the nation – including a victory at the Supreme Court of the United States – for those facing unfair or deceptive trade practices. He then moved to the defense side, representing insured individuals and businesses, as well as several Chicago suburbs, against claims ranging from common negligence and fraud to protracted contractual disputes and alleged legal malpractice. His emphasis on thorough research, effective questioning in written and oral discovery, and plain-English briefing allows decision makers to develop litigation strategies and successfully execute on them.

A native of Glens Falls, N.Y., Tom graduated from Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a volunteer with the USO, proudly supports the legal advocacy work of Legal Aid Chicago, Cabrini-Green Legal Aid and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs. He lives in Palatine, Illinois with his wife, Megan Dwyer.

Education

  • Stanford University, B.A. in Public Policy (with honors), 2000
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2003

Admissions

  • Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • All U.S. District Courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

In the Community

USO Volunteer since 2011

Honors & Awards

Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Selectee – 2016, 2017 and 2018

Reported Cases

  • Jackson v. Payday Financial, 764 F.3d 765 (7th Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 575 U.S. 983 (2015)
  • In re Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats, 307 F.R.D. 177 (W.D.Pa. 2015)
  • Buchanan v. Northland Group, 776 F.3d 393 (6th Cir. 2015)
  • Adkins v. Nestle Purina, 973 F.Supp.2d 905 (N.D.Ill. 2013)
  • McDonald v. Asset Acceptance, 296 F.R.D. 513 (E.D.Mich. 2013)
  • QuickClick Loans v. Russell, 407 Ill.App.3d 46 (1st Dist. 2011), pet. denied, 949 N.E.2d 1103 (Ill. 2011)
  • Wendorf v. Landers, 755 F.Supp.2d 972 (N.D.Ill. 2010)
  • Claffey v. River Oaks Hyundai, 486 F.Supp.2d 776 (N.D.Ill. 2007)