Practices & Industries

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Colorado
  • Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals

Education

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.,with honors)

  • Moot Court Society, American Jurisprudence Award recipient in Trial Advocacy, recipient of the Irene V. McCormick Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Miami University–Oxford (B.S., Finance, 1989)

Fenwick High School (1985)

Profile

Christopher E. Kentra, a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella in Chicago, has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial business and complex litigation matters for more than twenty-five years. His trial and litigation practice focuses on complex commercial matters, construction, professional liability, and employment law. He has considerable experience counseling business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs on matters that include new venture formation and acquisitions, as well as taking action to protect trade secrets and related matters.

His commercial litigation experience includes the successful resolution of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty claims, defense of actions against condominium and real estate developers, and disputes involving restrictive covenants. Chris regularly represents clients’ employment related issues including the defense of discrimination claims and litigation concerning restrictive covenants. Chris' professional liability litigation experience includes the defense of suits against insurance producers, managing general agents, and attorneys. He also has successfully litigated insurance coverage disputes, particularly related to general liability, professional liability, and construction related claims. Finally, Chris has argued numerous appeals in intermediate appellate courts and supreme courts in Illinois and other states.

The author of several articles, Chris has addressed issues that include representing financially troubled and insolvent clients, litigation related to lending activities and foreclosure, and attorney-client privilege in the context of corporate investigations.  He has presented on topics that include professional liability, changes in employment law, construction related issues, and insurance bad faith claims.

For more than 15 years, Chris has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. Chris is also a longtime member of the Chicago Inn of Court, an organization that promotes ethical conduct and civility among attorneys.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell rated AV® Preeminent
  • Illinois Super Lawyer 2015-2018

Professional/Community

Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Inn of Court

Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Indiana

330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
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