Cameron Turner’s extensive experience in numerous jurisdictions has earned him a national reputation as a top-notch litigator. Cameron is a shareholder in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, having previously practiced for years out of the firm’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on toxic tort, product liability, complex commercial litigation, premises liability, general personal injury defense and sports and entertainment law.

Cameron’s national practice includes representing clients at trial from California to Massachusetts and in between. His roots in a small town in Southern Illinois make him comfortable litigating cases in both rural and urban venues.

He provides clients with the highest level of responsiveness and communication. His candid advice coupled with creative ways to manage cases offers clients multiple avenues for litigating and resolving their matters. Transparent and open-minded, he listens to clients concerns and preferences and adapts his strategy to fit their style and business needs.

While Cameron’s experience largely has focused on asbestos and toxic tort matters, he has a long history of handling cases in complex contract disputes, commercial arbitrations, medical device, transportation, employer and office agreement negotiations and pharmaceuticals.

He has written, spoken and been interviewed by legal publications on many topics, including issues in sports law, opioid litigation, expert selection and development, personal jurisdiction, forum and foreign law issues and ethical issues specific to mass tort litigation.

While he has been with the firm for many years, prior to joining Segal McCambridge he worked for an international insurance company managing complex claims and insurance coverage issues. Prior to that, he worked for a small Chicago defense firm handling toxic tort, transportation, insurance coverage and family law matters.

Cameron serves on the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and previously served as chair of the Marketing Committee and on the Strategic Planning and Hiring Committees. Cameron received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. He has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where he double-majored in psychology and French.

When he can take his mind off the legal world, Cameron enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, playing softball and reading about anything and everything.

Honors

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2014 – present
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011 – 2012

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA)
  • DRI
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Practice Highlights

Representative Matters

  • Successfully first- and second-chaired trials taken to verdict in Delaware, Illinois and New York.
  • Prevailed on appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court in perhaps the most significant decision in Illinois asbestos litigation, where the court overruled those cases that expanded the “Lipke rule” to prevent the defense from introducing evidence at trial of other exposures to advance a causation defense.
  • Briefed and argued a successful motion for summary judgment, further upheld on appeal, based on lack of evidence of causation in a medical device product liability matter with potential seven-figure damages.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case in Nassau County, New York, in which the plaintiff claimed the sole source of asbestos exposure was from insulation applied to the client’s boiler.
  • Obtained a defense verdict, upheld on appeal, in an Illinois mesothelioma trial.
  • Secured dismissal of dozens of matters involving a client sued in Illinois mass tort cases based on a personal jurisdiction defense.

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “When ‘Can’ Means ‘Should’: Practical Considerations for Personal Jurisdiction, Forum and Venue Motions,” DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, 2019
  • “Finding and Developing New Expert Witnesses in Litigation,” chair, ALI CLE webinar, 2013
  • “The Nexus Between Ethics and Professionalism in Asbestos Litigation,” 14th Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2011
  • “Equipment, Valve & Component Manufacturers Part 1: Case Law Update,” 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2011

Publications

  • “Civil Practice: Preparing for Trial,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2022