Joseph A. Cancila Jr.
Known both as a gifted leader and a consummate team player, Joe Cancila is a highly regarded, experienced and tenacious litigator who has dedicated his career to defending clients in complex commercial class actions. He is a creative strategist and a thorough investigator—two qualities that make him a worthy adversary in and out of the courtroom. And as the leader of many practice teams, he has mastered the art of working collaboratively with co-counsel to untangle, analyze and successfully resolve challenging and complicated legal problems.
Joe has received national and state recognition for his defense practice, having brought dozens of class-action cases to successful resolution in jurisdictions widely dispersed throughout the country. But he’s also equally adept at resolving matters through mediation and negotiated settlement. He has successfully defended antitrust, complex commercial litigation, insurance bad faith, trade secret and fair housing litigation, among others.
While he was born in St. Louis, Joe grew up in Dayton, Ohio and then moved to Chicago, where he has lived for the last 30 years. He is a voracious reader, a huge Bulls fan, eats almost nothing other than Italian food (red sauce please!), and is a doting grandfather to a growing brood of grandkids.