Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Jonathan Levy is an Associate attorney at Butler. He is a Chicago native, born in the city and raised in the north suburbs. Jonathan’s practice is concentrated in prosecuting complex Commercial and Tort Litigation matters on a national basis in Federal and State Courts. Jonathan has substantial trial experience for an attorney of his years. He successfully tried three cases to verdict in the Northern District of Illinois and Illinois state court. Jonathan is licensed in Illinois and is barred in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Currently, Jonathan is the vice-chair of the Federal Civil Practice Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and assists in hosting legal community-oriented events regarding best practices in Federal Courts.


  • Illinois


  • University of Illinois
    Bachelor of Science
  • Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL)
  • Illinois Bar Association


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
February 23, 2017 PUBLICATIONIs It Hot in Here? Significant Recovery Opportunities with Boiler Failures

Water boiler failures provide significant recovery opportunities. By understanding how these relatively simple systems work, one can realize that recovery potential and identify the probable failures modes, skillfully directing the recovery investigation, and asserting the proper legal theories that afford recovery.

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November 21, 2016 PUBLICATIONBoom! Maximizing Recoveries in Catastrophic Explosions

An explosion is an extraordinary event that forever changes the psyche of those affected. The bigger the scale of the explosion, the bigger the challenges are to move forward and to develop viable recovery claims. It is a dilemma that requires sophisticated leadership and seasoned subrogation counsel, forensic consultants, and loss adjusters.

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June 27, 2016 PUBLICATIONHistoric Hotel, Restaurant & Nightclub Fires Provide Common Threads for Developing Significant Subrogation Recoveries

Countless fires occur every year. They cause billions of dollars in property losses, and sometimes result in bodily injuries and deaths. Public assembly fires arising out of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs are prone to significant calamities, given the fire risks, types of use, occupancy, and human factors. While fires are frequently avoidable, the fires themselves would oft be smaller in scope “but for” the failures of fire suppression, detection and alarm systems; lack of effective containment; material flammability; and other failures. This article discusses the common thread of historic hotel, restaurant and nightclub fires—many of which are iconic.

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April 15, 2016 PUBLICATIONIt's a Recovery: Opportunities to Recover Advanced Deductibles, LAE and Unpaid Premiums

Reimbursement claims stem from basic contract principles. These recovery rights turn on the promises contained in the insurance policy that the law will enforce. After all, it is all about enforceable promises that give rise to contractual recovery from one’s insured.

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October 13, 2015 PUBLICATION(Un)Reel Legal Ethics: Obscure Critiques of Ethical Issues in Hollywood Films About Civil Litigation

Dean S. Rauchwerger, Geoffrey M. Waguespack, and Jonathan M. Levy of Butler’s Chicago office authored (Un)Reel Legal Ethics: Obscure Critiques of Ethical Issues in Hollywood Films about Civil Litigation, published in NASP’s Subrogator, Fall 2015. The article cleverly explores issues of legal ethics that arise in modern movies involving civil litigation, set in the style as written by movie critics.

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Blog Posts

November 29, 2017 BLOG POSTDon't Miss the Diamonds in the (Aggregate) Rough

Time and time again, property carriers insist on closing high quality subrogation recovery files because they see that their insured has yet to hit the policy aggregate deductible. Policy aggregate deductibles are becoming commonplace for large insureds with hundreds of millions in property holdings. The policy aggregate deductible is when the insured agrees to reimburse its insurer for its own losses during the policy period up to the agreed-upon annual aggregate amount in addition to standard, per occurrence deductibles. This aggregate deductible amount is usually north of $1,000,000 and the policy time period typically spans one to two years.

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November 16, 2015 BLOG POSTWest Virginia Supreme Court Allows Landlord's Subrogation against Tenant

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently opened the door further for a landlord’s insurer subrogating against a tenant for damages to the landlord’s property.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Aviation
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Catastrophic Recovery Coordination
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Lease Construction and Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Explosions
  • Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation
  • Fire (Suspected or Potential Fraud)
  • Material Failures
  • Municipal Liability
  • Structural Collapse
  • Subrogation
  • Third Party Coverage Issues
  • Third Party Liability