Tom Papadopoulos

As an experienced attorney and Certified Public Accountant, Tom Papadopoulos focuses on representing clients in litigation and advising clients so as to avoid unnecessary litigation and the associated costs. Tom has experience in a broad array of complex litigation matters, including contract disputes, civil RICO, ERISA, banking, antitrust, common law and consumer fraud claims, professional liability defense, breach of warranty defense and class action litigation.

During law school, Tom completed an externship with the Honorable George W. Lindberg of the Northern District of Illinois. He was also elected to the Order of the Coif.

Representative Experience


  • Represented health insurers in defending against claims for ERISA benefits brought by members of employee welfare benefit plans.


  • Represented a number of workers' compensation insurance companies in a complex civil RICO matter.
  • Represented a client in a RICO action brought by one of its competitors relating to its participation in the annual Cook County Tax Sales.

Warranty Representations

  • Defended leading auto manufacturer against breach of warranty claims in Cook County and Chicago collar counties.


  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment ruling in favor of health insurers against institutional pharmacy on $30 million fraud and antitrust claims. The institutional pharmacy brought the action against the health insurers which provided prescription drug coverage to senior citizens under the Medicare Part D program, claiming that the insurers’ merger violated antitrust laws and that the insurers were liable for fraud. Omnicare, Inc. v. UnitedHealth Group, 594 F. Supp. 2d 945 (N.D. Ill. 2009); aff’d 629 F. 3d 697 (7th Cir. 2011)
  • Advised doctors in setting up corporate structure and implementing a “Messenger Model” system to negotiate with managed care companies so as not to violate antitrust laws.


  • Obtained summary judgment ruling in favor of a national bank in a case involving the embezzlement of funds by the personal secretary of the bank’s customer. The customer’s secretary embezzled over $11 million from his checking account. The customer sued the bank to recover the $11 million arguing that the bank was at fault for disbursing advances on the customer’s lines of credit at the direction of the secretary and for failing to discover and prevent the misappropriation of the money. Willmott v. Bank of America, 2008 WL 2477507 (N.D. Ill. 2008).


  • Successfully defended an electronics manufacturer, found to have sold defective products, by knocking out plaintiff’s damages expert and barring the counterplaintiff’s damage theories seeking in excess of $50 million. That strategy was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit (Zenith Electronics Company v. WH-TV Broadcasting Corp., 395 F.3d 416 (7th Cir. 2005)) and has become a leading case on the admissibility of expert testimony.
  • Represented health insurer in a $10 million class arbitration brought by health care providers relating to reimbursement for pathology services.

Court Memberships

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • Selected for Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2014-2016
  • Order of the Coif

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Hellenic Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Chicago Blues Hockey Association, President
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  • Chicago

    155 North Wacker Drive
    Suite 3000
    Chicago, IL 60606-1787
F: 312.920.3301


Maria Vargas



Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with high honors, 2002

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1997