John F. Watson and R. Sean Hocking have received "AV Preeminent" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Reviewers are lawyers and judges across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations and are listed on martindale.com. They are from similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated, who know or have worked with the lawyer under review, and are able to rate them on their professional ethical standards and legal ability. An AV Preeminent certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment and reflective that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
R. Sean Hocking has been appointed Chairman of the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) Events Committee for the 2012-2013 term. The Events Committee is responsible for planning and presenting IDC Events which include the Fall and Spring Seminars that are the mainstay of continuing legal education for Illinois defense attorneys. This appointment follows Mr. Hocking’s involvement with the Events Committee as the prior Vice Chairman and a Member since 2009.
On September 11, 2012, R. Sean Hocking completed a jury trial in Effingham, Illinois. The litigation involved an auto accident where liability had been admitted by the Defendant and the case was tried on the issue of damages. A defense range verdict of $20,483.02 was obtained from the jury which awarded a substantially lower amount than the Plaintiff’s final settlement demand.
R. Sean Hocking successfully defended The City of Charleston in a three day jury trial ending January 11, 2012, resulting in a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant. The litigation concerned a property damage claim with regard to a building owner that alleged some property damage with regard to some real estate adjacent to where the City had removed and installed a sidewalk. The evidence in the case featured testimony from two structural engineers and a third witness offered as an expert by the Plaintiff whose testimony was successfully stricken during the trial. A settlement offer was made by the Defendant prior to the trial. The Plaintiff never made any response to the settlement offer and never made a demand before the trial.
R. SEAN HOCKING -Member
R. Sean Hocking began his career as an attorney with the Mattoon office of Craig & Craig in January 2000. He became a Partner of the Firm in 2004. Mr. Hocking focuses primarily in the areas of Products Liability, General Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law, Local Government Law, Intellectual Property and Medical Malpractice in which he has successfully represented clients for over a decade.
Mr. Hocking trained as an engineer in the field of aeronautical & astronautical engineering, earning that degree from the University of Illinois in 1996, prior to his entry into the practice of law. Mr. Hocking practices devotes a significant part of his practice to Products Liability law where he defends manufacturers of commercial and other products, including agricultural equipment and heavy machinery. Mr. Hocking is experienced with communicating technical and technological issues to lay persons and dissecting the technical opinions of opposing experts during discovery and deposition of those experts.
Mr. Hocking likewise practices in the area of General Civil Litigation where he has regularly defended clients in jury and bench trials. Mr. Hocking's General Civil Litigation practice has involved a variety of insurance defense types of cases, including fire and construction, automobile, medical malpractice and other tort claims.
Mr. Hocking also devotes a significant part of his practice to Commercial Transactions and Real Estate Law, where he is experienced in representing clients in commercial real estate transactions, including drafting and preparation of real estate contracts, letters of intent, title review and objection, due diligence, drafting of commercial leases and concomitant business agreements as well as residential real estate matters. Mr. Hocking also represents several local governmental entities in connection with statutory budgeting and tax levy procedures.
Mr. Hocking also devotes some of his practice to Intellectual Property law (IP). A Registered Patent Attorney since 2000, Mr. Hocking has prosecuted patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to secure the issuance of patents. Mr. Hocking has also represented a variety of clients on matters ranging from claims of trademark and copyright infringement, registration issues, and trade secret issues.
As an active member of the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC), Mr. Hocking has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Events Committee from 2009-2013. The IDC Events Committee is responsible for planning and presenting the IDC' s continuing legal education conferences, symposia and seminars, in which Mr. Hocking has previously been involved as a lecturer, having presented the Illinois Civil Procedure Update for the IDC 2007 Fall Conference. Mr. Hocking has also served on the Local Government Law Committee and has contributed publications as an author to the IDC Quarterly.
Additionally, Mr. Hocking has received an "AV Preeminent" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Reviewers are lawyers and judges across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations and are listed on martindale.com. They are from similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated, who know or have worked with the lawyer under review, and are able to rate them on their professional ethical standards and legal ability. An AV Preeminent certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment and reflective that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Born: Honolulu, Hawaii, February 6, 1973