Andrew Kopon Tressler LLP

Kopon, Andrew Partner

Kopon, Andrew Partner

Practice Focus

Andrew Kopon Jr. is a partner in Tressler’s General Defense Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on the handling of complex civil litigation matters, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He has tried high profile cases and has argued in federal and state appellate courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. Andrew’s trial practice is in a variety of areas and includes product liability, professional malpractice, employment law and insurance coverage matters.

Professional Background

Andrew moved his award-winning practice to Tressler LLP in 2021. He was a founding partner of Kopon Airdo, LLC in Chicago and transitioned to Tressler with an impressive team of associates and staff, providing excellent continuity for his clients. 

Andrew currently serves as National Counsel for a religious risk pooling trust that covers educational institutions, nursing homes and the missions of religious institutes. He also had the privilege of serving as the President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) in 2017-2018.

Andrew is a charter member of the Leading Lawyers Network Advisory Board whose members are selected based upon their reputation and professional ethics. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2022 and in multiple prior years. Andrew is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Loyola Academy located in Wilmette, Illinois. He was the 2018 honoree of the De La Salle Institute Founder’s Award.
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Memberships & Affiliations

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

  • President of the IADC, July 2017 -  July 2018
  • Past Member, Board of Directors of the IADC
  • Past Chair, Trial Techniques & Tactics Committee
  • Past Chair, Product Liability Committee
  • Faculty Member, IADC Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado, 2003

Defense Research Institute

  • Board of Directors, 2016-2018

Lawyers for Civil Justice

  • Board of Directors, 2016-2018

The Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel

  • Past Member, Board of Directors

National Foundation for Judicial Excellence

  • Program Member 2013

Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) American Society for Pharmacy Law

Recent Articles and Blogs

  • What to Do When Opposing Counsel Uses the Internet as a Weapon: Tools to Combat the Publication of Discovery Materials and Extrajudicial Statements on the Internet. By Andrew Kopon Jr. and Sarah E. Flotte, International Association of Defense Counsel, Trial Techniques and Tactics. March, 2010.
  • The Perils of Oversharing: Can the Attorney-Client Privilege be Broadly Waived by Partially Disclosing Attorney Communications During Negotiations? By Andrew Kopon Jr. and Mary-Christine Sungaila, Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 79, No. 3, July 2012.
  • Challenging Expert Witness Testimony, 2000. Book Editor and Chapter Author.
  • Indoor Environment: Regulatory Developments and Emerging Standards of Care. By Andrew Kopon Jr. and Joseph C. Gergtis, Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 62, No. 1, January 1995.
  • Encouraging Corporate Responsibility. By Andrew Kopon Jr., Robert W. Hickey, and Scott A. Kearns. IDC Monograph, Quarterly Vol. 5, No. 3, Third Quarter 1995.


Presentations & Events

Representative Experience

Reported Decisions
  • Urbaniaks v. American Drug Stores, LLC d/b/a Osco Drug #3086, 2019 Ill. App (1st) 180248, petition for leave to appeal denied, September 29, 2019
  • L.P. v. Marian Catholic High School, et. al., 852 F.3d 690 (7th Cir. 2017).
  • National Gun Victims Action Counsel v. Schecter, et. al., 68 N.E. 3rd 448, 2016 Ill. App. 152694 (1st Dist. 2016).
  • Murray v. Chicago Youth Center, 352 Ill. App. 3d 95, 815 N.E.2d 746, 287 Ill. Dec. 102, 2004 4725, 192 Ed. Law Rep. 542, Ill. App. 1 Dist., April 16, 2004 (No. 1-02-361)
  • American Family Ins. ex rel. Dunn v. Black & Decker (U.S.), Inc., 2003 WL 22139788, Prod. Liab. Rep. (CCH) P 16, 748, N.D. Ill., September 16, 2003 (No. 00 C 50281).
  • Clay v. Kuhl, 189 Ill. 2d 603, 727 N.E.2d 217, 244 Ill. Dec. 918, 2000 WL 46034, Ill., January 21, 2000 (Nos. 86938, 86941).
  • U.S. Fire Insurance Company v. Aetna Life and Casualty Company, 291 Ill. App. 3d 991 (1st Dist.)
  • Comet Cas. Co. v. Coleman, 113 Ill. App. 3d 271.

Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Illinois, 2011 to 2017
  • President’s Advisory Council, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School, Chicago, Illinois, prior member