Craig Capilla is a trial lawyer, defending individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil matters, including professional liability and commercial litigation. He has effectively defended numerous residential and commercial appraisers and appraisal firms accused of negligence or improper activity in their valuation services, a chiropractic group accused of malpractice, and successfully litigated employment disputes related to discrimination claims, restrictive covenants, and unemployment hearings. Craig has also represented numerous licensed professionals in state licensing matters, including real estate brokers, real estate appraisers, appraisal management companies, mortgage brokers, nursing home administrators, and medical doctors.
Craig developed his skills as a trial lawyer while working as a staff prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, where he learned and effectively applied the rules of evidence where he tried more than 60 cases while also bringing a high volume of cases to settlement prior to trial. Additionally, Craig has drafted contracts, business agreements, and advised on corporate governance and formation for various small and medium-sized businesses while also consulting for both companies and individuals on regulatory and compliance matters.
Craig has advocated for his clients in various state and federal civil litigation matters and administrative hearings before regulatory agencies including: Qui tam defense, civil RICO matters, professional malpractice, construction defect litigation, breach of contract, breach of warranty, mechanics’ liens, general tort liability, homeowners’ association and landlord/tenant disputes, and professional licensing. He has appeared for clients in a number of jurisdictions throughout Illinois, including various courts in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Carroll, Lee, and Kane counties and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
- Illinois Supreme Court
- Wisconsin Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Publications & Presentationsharry_pub_pres
- The Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals
- The Illinois Association of Certified Real Estate Appraisers
- The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
- The Wisconsin Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
- The North Star Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
- The Chicago Metropolitan Chapter of the NAIFA
- The Lake County Chapter of the NAIFA
- The North Suburban Bar Association
- The Chicago Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers
- The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Chicagoland Chapter