J. Timothy Eaton

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Mr. Eaton has a distinguished career in commercial and appellate litigation, as well as arbitration, and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases.

Mr. Eaton has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before arbitration panels for over 35 years. Some of these cases have involved:
• Multi-million dollar contract, joint venture and lease disputes
• Complex coverage issues
• Class actions
• Significant constitutional questions
• All varieties of employment-related claims
• Equitable causes of actions, including injunctions
• Bankruptcy fraud
• Environmental claims

He is a former chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Civil Procedure and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association Commercial Litigation Committee. He has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation for over 10 years. In the 2014 Leading Lawyers, he was listed as the second most often recommended lawyer in the state in Civil Appellate Law and the sixth most often recommended lawyer in the state in ADR Law: Commercial Neutrals.

Mr. Eaton has handled hundreds of appeals before the Illinois Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Appellate Court of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a past-president of the Appellate Lawyers Association, a former editor-in-chief of the Appellate Lawyers Law Review and a past chair of the ABA TIPS Committee on Appellate Practice. He also recently served on the ABA Amicus Briefs Committee. In addition, Mr. Eaton co-authored a book on civil appellate practice.

Mr. Eaton is also an active arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and is on the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution. He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Mr. Eaton was named a 7th Circuit Litigation Star in the 2012 Benchmark Appellate Lawyers publication and was named Best Lawyers’ 2010 Chicago Appellate Lawyer of the Year. He has also been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list every year since 2005. Mr. Eaton has authored more than 60 law review articles and bar publications focusing on commercial litigation, appellate and arbitration issues. He is a frequent lecturer on appellate and arbitration practice.