J. Timothy

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Keynote Discussion on Regulatory Reform

Due to the complexities of regulatory reform, Tim Eaton will join Zack DeMeola for a keynote townhall discussion following Zack’s talk “Will Reimagining Legal Regulation Improve Access to Justice?”

Having worked in both small and large firms and as the former president of the ISBA and the CBA, Tim is steeped in the practicalities and challenges facing Illinois lawyers, as well as the foundational principles that set the legal profession apart from other business enterprises.

Areas of inquiry during the townhall session will include:

  • Is there evidence linking changes in attorney regulation to increased access to justice?
  • Would regulatory changes allow BigLaw and/or accounting firms to take over the delivery of legal services, leaving solos and small firm practitioners struggling even more?
  • How would regulatory changes affect the core values of the profession such as client confidentiality and an attorney’s duty to maintain independent professional judgment?
  • How would clients be protected from companies that deliver legal products but aren’t bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct?

Speaker Bio

Tim Eaton is a Partner in the Chicago office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He has a distinguished career in commercial and appellate litigation, as well as arbitration, and has been involved in several high-profile cases. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before arbitration panels for over 40 years.

Tim is the former chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Civil Procedure and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association Commercial Litigation Committee. He has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation for over 10 years.

He’s a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a past-president of the Appellate Lawyers Association, a former editor-in-chief of the Appellate Lawyers Law Review and a past chair of the ABA TIPS Committee on Appellate Practice. He also recently served on the ABA Amicus Briefs Committee. In addition, Tim co-authored a book on civil appellate practice.

Tim is an active arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and is on the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution. He’s a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He recently completed the Columbia Law School/Chartered Institute of Arbitration Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration.