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Christopher Drinkwine Starts 2024 Successfully Defending Appeals and Arguing Before the Seventh Circuit

Posted on February 8, 2024 at 9:00 AM by Christopher Drinkwine

Chris Drinkwine, the firm's Appellate Practice Group co-chair, began 2024 by arguing before two different courts. In January, Chris successfully defended an appeal in Downs v. Peters, 2024 IL App (4th) 230571-U, challenging the circuit court's order enforcing a settlement agreement before the Illinois Appellate Court. In February, Chris argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for the Appellees in a First Amendment retaliation case. In recent years, Chris has appeared before the Seventh Circuit on six different occasions and has argued dozens of appeals in each of the state's five appellate court districts. The Seventh Circuit is tasked with appellate review of cases tried in the United States District Courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin and has been the home to three U.S. Supreme Court Justices. 
Chris Drinkwine is a seasoned appellate attorney who regularly defends the firm's clients at the appellate court level and is often retained to handle appeals of matters tried by other law firms. Chris' unique experience as a clerk for an Illinois Appellate Court Justice and later a United States District Court Judge provides him with unmatched insight into appellate practice and procedure. His partners describe his recipe for success as a mixture of a mastery of the facts of each case and the applicable law, along with a sense of professionalism and pragmatism that have led some of the firm's most sophisticated clients to trust him with their highest acuity cases.

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