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Chad M. Skarpiak

Chad M. Skarpiak

AssociateChicago Office

Chad M. Skarpiak is an associate at Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine. Chad focuses his practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, federal civil rights defense, and appeals.

While at CMV, Chad served on the trial team that obtained a federal jury verdict in favor of two mental health professionals who were accused of violating a prisoner’s First Amendment right to protest. Chad has also represented clients on appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was counsel of record for a petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.


Prior to joining CMV, Chad was an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in Chicago, where he successfully defended state officials against federal civil rights claims in state and federal court. His private practice experience also includes representing clients both at the trial and appellate level on a variety of subjects.

Prior to joining the bar, Chad obtained additional federal litigation experience as a judicial extern for the Honorable John A. Jarvey, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. He has also served in Washington, D.C. as an intern for Senator Richard J. Durbin.

In 2015, Chad was named an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers, a distinction given to the top two percent of Illinois attorneys under 40, or who have been practicing for less than 10 years.

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2010, with distinction
  • University of Illinois, B.S., 2007

Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court