Christopher J. Spanos
Chris has over 20 years of courtroom experience in complex civil litigation, including tort defense, contract disputes, employment disputes, and land use matters, including condemnation and zoning matters. He has personally tried over 50 jury trials to verdict, and has also successfully handled cases before the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Court of Claims. He has vast experience appearing before various administrative and municipal bodies, including the Illinois Department of Insurance, local zoning boards of appeal, regional transportation authority, pension review and school boards.
Chris joined the Westervelt firm in 2011. He was formerly a partner in one of the largest civil litigation law firms in the country. He has worked in-house for insurance companies both as an adjuster prior to attending law school and in the general counsel’s office and in litigated claims after law school. His knowledge and familiarity with the insurance industry spans over 25 years, and he has earned several insurance industry designations, including the prestigious Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from the Insurance Institute of America.
Prior to attending law school, Chris was a member of the United States Navy, serving as a nuclear reactor operator aboard the fast attack submarine the USS DACE, SSN 607. He received several awards during his service including a Good Conduct Medal, the Armed Services Expeditionary Medal and a Presidential Unit Commendation. He has continued his life-long commitment to volunteer service as a fire and police commissioner, a school board member and as a board member for a faith-based community service organization. He has also been a volunteer coach for youth sports for over 20 years. Chris and his wife Julia have been married for 25 years and they have four children.