Charles F. Ingrassia

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Charlie Ingrassia


It is with deepest sympathy and personal sadness that we inform you that Charlie passed away on Sunday morning, February 17, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 39.

Charlie was an attorney at Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP for four years. He was a gifted writer, excellent strategist and a respected member of the appellate bar. His enthusiasm and passion for the law was evident to all who worked with him at our firm and other professional environments including the Appellate Lawyers Association. He was a fun person to be with, always happy, positive and enthusiastic despite his often very difficult health situation. His positive and optimistic attitude about his return to the practice of law on a full time basis was a great example for all of us.    

We here at Adler Murphy & McQuillen will miss his friendship and professional skills tremendously. We express our deepest sympathy to Charlie's family and friends on the loss of such a great young man.


Charlie Ingrassia was an associate with Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP. He joined the firm in 2015, focusing on defending product liability in national and international aviation incidents, insurance coverage, and appeals. Prior to joining Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP, Charlie clerked for six years for the Hon. Susan F. Hutchinson of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, where he gained significant exposure to the criminal and civil appellate process and also a wide range of substantive legal issues. As a law clerk, Charlie collaborated with Justice Hutchinson, other Appellate Court justices, and his co-clerks to draft numerous opinions and orders that have helped to shape Illinois law.  Prior to serving as Justice Hutchinson's law clerk, Charlie worked as an in-house attorney for a Taft-Hartley benefit fund, where he successfully litigated ERISA disputes in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.   

In law school, Charlie served as Articles Editor for theUniversity of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy.  He also externed for the Hon. Joe Billy McDade for the Central District of Illinois and was a member of the law school's International Human Rights Clinic, where he prepared an extensive report for a Kenya-based NGO detailing trade agreements between the United States and Africa.

Charlie was active with the Appellate Lawyers Association, having served as a Director from 2012 through 2014.  He is co-chair and editor of The Brief, the Association's blog that highlights important decisions from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court. He has also helped coordinate various seminars related to appellate practice and procedure that have featured reviewing court jurists.

Outside of the law, Charlie enjoyed traveling, studying jazz music, and cycling through Chicago and the surrounding areas. Charlie regularly volunteered with the Old Town School of Folk Music and Compass to Care, a local charity that helps children with cancer raise money for traveling expenses.  


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  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
    Articles Editor, University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, & Policy
  • Radford University, B.S., History, cum laude, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Wisconsin