Tom Hanekamp is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer who focuses his practice on major commercial litigation on a nationwide basis on behalf of insurers in coverage matters involving general liability, management liability and professional liability. In addition, Tom regularly counsels clients with respect to insurance coverage issues associated with D&O, E&O, EPL, ERISA and general liability claims, including those involving allegations of bad faith.

For more than 20 years, Tom’s general liability experience includes matters alleging bad faith, environmental, asbestos, and other long tail exposures. Tom also has experience defending toxic tort, products liability, premises liability, and other such litigation involving bodily injury and property damage.

Tom is Co-Chair of the Insurance Coverage Group at Aronberg Goldgehn.


Samplings of matters that Tom has handled include:

  • Won summary judgment in federal court on behalf of D&O and general liability insurer where insured sought more than $3 million for defense of lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction as lead trial counsel in matter involving fraudulent transfer of assets.

  • Won summary judgment on behalf of insurer in a federal court lawsuit between insurer and corporation concerning insurance coverage under D&O policy for shareholder class-action litigation arising from restatement of corporation’s financials.

  • Won summary judgment dismissing insurer client from lawsuit over E&O insurance coverage for a title company.

  • Represented insurer in response to claim for coverage presented by securities firm facing multiple lawsuits arising from a Ponzi scheme.

  • Won summary judgment on behalf of insurer in a lawsuit involving issues of successor corporation’s rights to insurance coverage for environmental liabilities.

  • Represented insurer in response to a claim for coverage under a D&O policy where underlying matters involve FDIC failed bank litigation.

  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of client in a lawsuit involving alleged defective design of commercial vehicle.

Tom joined Aronberg Goldgehn as a member in August 2016. Previously he was a partner at Tressler LLP, where he had practiced since 1987.

He holds an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. He has also been recognized annually as a Leading Lawyer in Insurance Coverage by Illinois Leading Lawyers and as a Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers.


Tom is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of topics, such as failed bank litigation, the subprime mortgage crisis, the proper use of experts in litigation, presenting the corporate witness for deposition and electronic discovery. Additionally, he is a long-time author and editor of a monthly e-newsletter and subsequent blog providing insight into recent case law in the specialty lines arena and their potential impact on insurers’ coverage determinations and claims handling.

He is an editor of and a regular contributor to Aronberg Goldgehn’s Insurance Coverage Update, including:

He has also published:

  • "Application of the Insured v. Insured Exclusion in FDIC Failed Bank Litigation,” Mealey’s Emerging Insurance Disputes, Vol. 18, #20, October 24, 2013

  • “From Subprime Crisis to Credit Crunch to Recession: The Liability and Coverage Implications for Professional Liability and E&O Insurers,” a proprietary paper, February 2009

  • “Insurance Policy Rescission,” The Risk Report, June 2008

  • “Recent Developments Affecting the Right of Rescission,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, December 2007

A sampling of his presentations includes:

  • "New Developments in Bad Faith Law," a private client seminar, June 2018.

  • "Multiple Claimants, Multiple Insureds and Consent Requirements - Settlement Considerations for Insurers," a private client seminar, April 2018

  • “Consent Judgments – Considerations Before and After Entry” in the D&O/E&O context, private client seminar, April 2017.

  • “Current Issues – What Is a Claim?” in D&O context, private client seminar, April 2016

  • "Insurance Coverage for Governmental Investigations," private client seminar, April 2015

  • "Insurance Coverage for Governmental Investigations," private client seminar, July 2014

  • "Application of the Insured v. Insured Exclusion in FDIC Failed Bank Litigation,” private client seminar, April 2014

  • “FDIC’s Investigation of Failed Banks and Litigation Against Directors & Officers: An Overview of Coverage Issues and Playing the IvI Exclusion Card,” New World Insurance Issues seminar, Los Angeles, October 2013

  • “Insurance Coverage for Subprime Mortgage Litigation,” Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyers Section’s Insurance Law Committee meeting, Chicago, April 2009

  • “Cutting Edge Claims Issues – 2009,” proprietary seminar, New York, February 2009

  • “How to Manage Insurance Coverage in the Subprime Crisis,” DRI Insurance Law Committee webinar, January 2009

  • “E-Discovery Update: Managing Costs and Managing the Process,” FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium, Dallas, September 2008

  • “Subprime Mortgage to Credit Crunch: An Overview of the Litigation,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Annual Meeting, Alberta, Canada, July 2008

  • “Facts Impacting Coverage,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel‘s Litigation Management College, Atlanta, June 2008

  • “E-Discovery,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s E-Discovery Task Force, April 2008


  • Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Practice Group, Aronberg Goldgehn


Tom is an active supporter of the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs serving the after-school development needs of at-risk youth in Chicago. He is a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, served on his local school board for three years, and is a volunteer at Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, Illinois.

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1986

Indiana University, B.A., Psychology, 1983


  • Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009


  • Holds the AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
  • Recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Insurance Coverage Law
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer in Insurance Coverage (2005-2006, 2008-2019)


Tom and his wife, Nada, live in Chicago, and they have two adult children – a daughter living in New York City and a son living in Atlanta.