Andy Hale

Andy Hale

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Areas of Practice
Civil Rights
Commercial Litigation
Discrimination
Personal Injury
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Education
  • J.D. - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1987)
  • B.A. - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1984)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida (1987)
  • Illinois (1988)
  • California (1992)

Andy Hale is a seasoned trial attorney who has been practicing law for over thirty years. Mr. Hale has been involved in numerous high-profile cases during his three-decade legal career. He is a member of the Bars of Illinois, California and Florida.

Mr. Hale started his legal career at a boutique litigation firm in Orlando, Florida where he represented clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters. Mr. Hale later moved back to his hometown of Chicago and joined the firm Katten Muchin & Zavis as an attorney in the litigation practice group. Mr. Hale worked on several cases for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox, including the following:

WFLD-TV v. The Chicago White Sox, Cook County, IL (1988)(TV broadcast network sued to sever TV contract with the Chicago White Sox claiming the team breached the contract’s implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by fielding a team that was “not desirable to watch”)

Laramore v. The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the City of Chicago, and the Chicago White Sox, 89 C 1067 (N.D. IL)(Residents of area adjoining site selected for new baseball stadium for the Chicago White Sox sued alleging the site was selected for racially discriminatory reasons)

Chicago Professional Sports Ltd. Partnership v. National Basketball Association, 90 C 6247 (N.D. IL)(Chicago Bulls and WGN-TV sued the NBA claiming that the agreement between the league and the national television broadcast network was an impermissible restraint on trade)

Harrison/Erickson Inc. v. Chicago Bulls Limited Partnership dba The Chicago Bulls, 91 Civ. 1585 (S.D.N.Y.)(plaintiff sued the Chicago Bulls for copyright infringement regarding the Benny the Bull mascot costume)

After spending four years in Katten Muchin’s Chicago office, Mr. Hale joined Katten Muchin’s Los Angeles office, then known as Katten Muchin Zavis & Weitzman. That office was spearheaded by Howard Weitzman, one of LA’s premier entertainment litigators. During his four years in LA, Mr. Hale worked on several high profile entertainment litigation matters, including cases for Hollywood studios, directors, and actors. After his daughter was born, Mr. Hale returned to Chicago to be near his family and joined a boutique litigation firm where he represented clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including the following:

Baker, et al. v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc. and Dominick’s Finer Foods (Mr. Hale was one of the attorneys representing the plaintiff, a class of consumers alleging Jewel and Dominick’s had conspired to fix, raise and maintain the price of milk in Chicago)

Alsdorf v. Bennigson, 04 C 5953 (N.D.IL)(Mr. Hale was one of the attorneys representing the defendant in an ownership dispute regarding Pablo Picasso’s painting “Femme en Blanc”)

Michael Evans v. City of Chicagoet al., 04 C 3570 (N.D. IL)(Mr. Hale successfully defended ten retired Chicago police officers who were sued by a man claiming he had been framed for the rape and murder of a nine-year old girl and had been wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years)

Joseph Serfecz v. Jewel Food StoresInc. (Mr. Hale represented the owner of a shopping center who sued Jewel Food Stores for moving out of its anchor tenant space but continuing to pay rent. After extensive litigation, Mr. Hale was able to negotiate a favorable settlement for his client)

In 2008, Mr. Hale started his own firm, then known as Andrew M. Hale & Associates. Mr. Hale’s practice focused on defending the City of Chicago and Chicago police officers in civil rights cases, as well as commercial litigation matters. Notable cases, in addition to the cases mentioned below, include:

Miller v. City of Chicago, et al., 04 C 3570 (N.D. IL)(Mr. Hale obtained summary judgment for several Chicago police officers who were sued by a man claiming he had been maliciously prosecuted for the rape, robbery and kidnapping of a woman and had spent 26 years in prison before being exonerated based on DNA testing)

In 2019, Mr. Hale joined forces with Brian T. Monico, a successful personal injury and medical malpractice attorney, and the firm of Hale & Monico was formed. The firm represents clients in civil rights, commercial litigation, discrimination, personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases.

Mr. Hale also represents clients who he believes are innocent and are wrongfully incarcerated. Mr. Hale has been able to vacate the convictions of two individuals, one after a 47 year prison term, and another after a 20 year prison term. Mr. Hale prides himself as a trial attorney seeking justice for his clients, whether plaintiff or defendant.

Mr. Hale has also been actively engaged in numerous media projects, including documentary movies about wrongful convictions, and was also the owner and host of an emmy-nominated local television show titled “Case Files Chicago” that ran on My50 for five seasons in Chicago.

Post-Conviction Success

47 Year Conviction Vacated; Peoria, IL

Our attorneys were able to vacate the conviction of a man who had been wrongfully imprisoned for 47 years for a crime he did not commit. A civil suit is pending.

20 Year Conviction Vacated; Kankakee, IL

Our attorneys were able to vacate the conviction of a man who had been wrongfully imprisoned for 20 years for a crime he did not commit. A civil suit is pending.