Christopher A. Koester

Christopher A. Koester

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Christopher A. Koester has tried numerous workers’ compensation, wrongful death, and insurance litigation cases (including appeals), personal injury cases before juries, and he has participated in many arbitrations and mediations. He has settled literally millions of dollars in injury cases. For more than 26 years Mr. Koester has earned respect from the legal industry for his knowledge of the law and his successful trial practice. Mr. Koester is a dynamic part of Taylor Law Offices and is devoted to the clients he serves. You can make an appointment with Chris Koester at our Effingham office. Contact him at our Effingham office today for help with:
  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance defense
  • Personal injury (plaintiff / defense)
  • Wrongful death
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Insurance law
  • Automobile cases
  • State and federal trials

Special Recognition

  • Designated as one of "America's Premier Lawyers" by Fortune Magazine in 2008-2009
  • Featured on "Sky Radio Network" as leading attorney on issue of business competition, restrictive covenants, and Trade Secrets Act (Sky Radio Network provides business, technology, health, and entertainment programming to some of the largest airlines in the world, including United, American, Delta, Northwest, US Airways, and Virgin America)

Past Successes

  • Received largest jury verdict in Effingham County history on behalf of local family who was hit by drunk driver
  • Successfully defended Effingham Community Unit 40, Effingham Board of Education, and local administrators in three-week jury trial wherein the plaintiff requested that his clients pay in excess of $3 million dollars (the jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants)
  • Successfully defended Bible Pork, Inc. in lawsuit filed by 21 residents claiming that the state-of-the-art facility was a "public and private nuisance." The Clay County jury returned a verdict in favor of Bible Pork after hearing nearly three weeks of testimony. The case received national attention from pork and beef producers across the United States. The verdict was affirmed by the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois on November 15, 2011
  • Successfully represented Bible Pork, Inc. in an insurance coverage dispute between Country Mutual Insurance Company ("CMIC") and Bible Pork, Inc. The Clay County Circuit Court of Louisville, Illinois, issued an opinion finding that CMIC wrongfully refused to defend its longtime insured, Bible Pork, Inc., in the nuisance case of Pierson, et al. v. Bible Pork, Inc. This ruling will have a significant impact upon agriculture and insurance policyholders in Illinois, as it provides some assurance that producers should be able to rely upon their insurance carriers to provide a defense against third-party claims promised under the terms of the policies
  • Represents Menard, Inc, a home improvement retail business with stores throughout the Midwest. In March 2010, Mr. Koester successfully defended Menards in Effingham Circuit Court in a lawsuit filed by a patron claiming to have received personal injuries while shopping at the store. The jury entered judgment in favor of Menards and denied the plaintiff’s request for damages. The verdict was affirmed by the Fifth District Appellate Court on December 7, 2011
  • Successfully represented families, individuals, and businesses in connection with persons involved in automobile accidents and wrongful death claims. Mr. Koester has successfully negotiated settlements on behalf of his clients utilizing mediation, arbitration, and litigation

Representative Clients

  • Andes Health Mart
  • Bible Pork, Inc.
  • Dietzen Development Company
  • Effingham Equity
  • Effingham County Board
  • Effingham Unit 40 Schools
  • First National Bank of Dieterich
  • Maschhoff Family Farms
  • Menard, Inc.
  • ServPro
  • TriPower Towing
  • Zurich Insurance Company

Trial and Appellate Practice

Mr. Koester has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts.

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Illinois Appellate Court
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Admitted to State Bars:
  • Missouri, 1990
  • Illinois, 1991
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, 1990
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, 1989
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, B.A., 1987
Memberships and Associations:
  • DRI – Voice of Defense Bar
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC)
  • Effingham County Bar Association
Charitable and Civic Contributions:
  • Board president, coach, sponsor, and volunteer for several youth sports, including USSSA, Babe Ruth baseball, and Effingham Park District
  • Effingham Sportsbackers Board
  • St. Anthony Memorial Hospital ethics panel
  • Past president, St. Mary's School Board of Education, Mattoon, Illinois
  • Past president, Board of Directors, Mattoon Golf & Country Club
  • President / member, Effingham Youth Baseball Association
Prior Legal Experience:
  • Ryan, Bennett, Radloff, Koester & O'Brien, 1991-2001
Christopher A. Koester
Christopher A. Koester, Partner
Taylor Law Offices PC
122 East Washington Avenue
Effingham, Illinois, 62401

Legal Assistant

Assistant - Katie Wernsing
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