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Illinois Professional Responsibility MCLE Marathon 2016

 
Author(s): Wendy J. Muchman, Harold C. Hirshman
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Litigation
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 9781402426803
PLI Item #: 150467
CHB Spine #: H1021

Harold Hirshman is a partner at Dentons and was an associate and partner at its predecessor firm Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal which he joined after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1969.  He has spent his career litigating cases around the country.  His practice focuses on securities and fiduciary matters but he has tried antitrust, patent and banking cases.  He has argued in many Courts of Appeals and in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Harold was an adjunct professor at IIT-Kent Law School from 1986 to 1988 where he taught Securities Regulation. He has been a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1984. 

  • Harold Hirshman and Alan Gilbert represented Allmerica in a jury trial in federal court. Plaintiff sought $18 million and was awarded $1.2 million which award was vacated on appeal.
  • Harold won a jury verdict of $125,000 for sexual assault on a prisoner against the warden and assistant warden of Dwight Correctional Center.
  • Harold represented Experian in a jury trial in Little Rock, Ark., where plaintiff sought $400 million and was awarded $0.
  • He successfully represented Experian in obtaining injunctive relief in Maryland.
  • Harold achieved another defense jury verdict in November 2001 in the Northern District of Illinois in a securities fraud, common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty case.
  • Harold successfully tried Dodson v. Prudential to a jury in Little Rock, Ark., winning a defense victory.
  • He tried Sherman v. Salton, a contract dispute, in the Eastern District of Michigan before Judge Tarnow.
  • Harold represented Charles Schwab successfully in the Appellate Court and in the Illinois Supreme Court in defeating a nationwide class action challenging fees Schwab received for order flow.
  • Throughout his career, he has handled many pro bono cases.


Wendy Muchman is Chief of Litigation and Professional Education at the Illinois Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois. Ms. Muchman regularly lectures and presents workshops regarding professional responsibility and disciplinary law to various bar association groups, law firms, judges and law schools.  She also investigates and prosecutes lawyer disciplinary cases, including cases involving allegations of conversion, billing fraud, conflicts of interest, public corruption and  also handled the matter of In re Rinella, 175 Ill.2d 504, 677 N.E.2d 909 (1997). Her job responsibilities include supervision and training of the litigation attorneys and staff at the ARDC. Since fall 2000, she teaches legal ethics courses at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and teaches in the law school’s ITA course. She also taught ethics and advocacy as well as intensive trial advocacy at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for the regional and national trial advocacy, and deposition programs, and serves as a team leader for the Midwest Regional Trial Program. Since 2013, she has been on the Programming Committee of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and in August 2016 she was elected secretary of that organization and currently serves as its treasurer. In 2018, she was appointed Vice-Chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility/ Section Officers Conference Professional Responsibility Committee. From 2012 to the present, she serves as an elected member-at-large to the Council of the American Bar Association Government and Public Lawyers Division. Between 2009 and 2011, she served as the Vice-Chair, then Chair, of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility. In 2013, she was selected to participate as a fellow in the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Prior to 1989 when she started her employment at the Commission, Ms. Muchman litigated in the state and federal courts. Areas of practice included insurance litigation, civil rights, age discrimination and aviation defense work. Ms. Muchman received her JD from DePaul University College of Law and her BA from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.