Louis A. Lehr, Jr. (JD ’51) caps 50 year career with book celebrating firm’s history. In commemoration of Arnstein & Lehr’s 120th anniversary, Lou Lehr has written a book highlighting events from its rich history, starting from the early years when the firm’s founding partner, Albert Loeb, handled the incorporation of Sears, Roebuck & Co. of Illinois in 1895. Lehr himself joined the firm in 1955, and remarkably, just tried his last lawsuit, a five-day bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Several of Lou’s colleagues attended the closing arguments to celebrate the occasion with him. He retires fully on December 31.

Lou has represented and defended major corporations in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico. He has been National Trial Counsel for DeSoto Chemical, Johnson Controls, Inc., Roper Corporation, Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Whirlpool Corporation, and Illinois Trial Counsel for International Harvester and Joy Technologies, Inc.

Lou is a past president and executive director of the Trial Attorneys of America, an organization limited to 200 of this country’s premier products liability trial attorneys. He is a member of the Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel and a former chair of its Premises Liability Committee. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was a founding board member of the Illinois Catholic Conference and is a past State Deputy of the Illinois Knights of Columbus. 

While serving in the United States Army during the Korean conflict, Lou taught Military Justice at Provost Marshall General’s School and later served as the attorney for the Military Railroad in Korea. He has been a frequent speaker and author of articles on trial technique, products liability, premises liability, insurance contract interpretation, litigation management and law firm management, and the author of Premises Liability Third Edition, published by West Publishing Co.  Throughout his career, he has honored the highest traditions of the legal profession and has proven to be a valuable friend and resource to our law faculty and administration.


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