Paul J. Coogan
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Paul is an associate in Taft’s Chicago office focusing on commercial litigation. He assists clients in resolving a wide range of business disputes in federal and state court, as well as representing local municipalities in constitutional and class action litigation. In his practice as a member of Taft’s Appellate group, Paul also represents clients on both sides of the bar in state and federal appellate courts. He is experienced in drafting appellate briefs on behalf of both appellants and appellees, filing and responding to petitions for leave to appeal and drafting post-trial motions on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
Prior to joining Taft, Paul gained extensive writing and research experience while serving for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge William J. Bauer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before his clerkship, Paul practiced at another law firm, focusing on commercial and toxic tort defense litigation for numerous national and international companies. In this role Paul gained experience in all stages of litigation including pleading, depositions, resolving discovery disputes and dispositive motion practice.
Paul received his J.D., cum laude from the John Marshall Law School, where he served as the Student Publications Editor of the John Marshall Law Review. While in law school, Paul also served as an extern for two federal district court judges, performing research, drafting suggested opinions on dispositive motions and learning valuable lessons about the complexities of federal litigation.
Honoree, Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Civil Litigation: Defense
(2021 - present)
Honoree, Best Lawyers® "Ones to Watch" (2022 - 2023)
Taft Pro Bono Honor Roll Award
- University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (2013)
- Marquette University, B.A. Psychology (2009)
- State - Illinois
- Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Federal - Northern District of Illinois
- Federal - Central District of Illinois
Speeches and Publications
"Chapter 5: Problems in Contract Formation," Contract Law (2020 edition) published by IICLE, co-author with Elizabeth Babbitt.
Taft Secures Appellate Win in BIPA Case
Sixteen Taft Attorneys Recognized in Illinois Rising Stars 2023
Eighty-Four Taft Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers® "Ones to Watch" 2023
Twenty Taft Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Illinois Rising Stars