Cody S. Moon

blank image Cody S. Moon
10 S. Wacker Drive
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60606, US

T: 312.585.1430 F: 312.585.1401
Cody focuses his practice in litigation and trial work, with more than 15 years of experience chairing trials in insurance coverage and general commercial disputes in state and federal courts across the United States. His passion for the law and advocating on behalf of his clients has resulted in numerous favorable trials, rulings, and settlements.

His extensive experience includes assessing and litigating complex disputes for domestic and international insurers involving a number of subject areas, including:

  • Primary & Excess General Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Product Defect
  • Commercial Transportation
  • First Party Property and Claims involving Direct Physical Loss/Damage
  • Environmental
  • Underwriting and MGA Disputes
  • Counseling and Risk Management
  • Appeals
  • General Commercial Litigation

In addition to his litigation work, Cody also has experience in appellate practice, successfully briefing appeals before the Illinois Court of Appeals for the Fifth District and the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District.

Our team of highly respected and successful attorneys are routinely entrusted to manage cases involving novel coverage issues.


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois State Bar Association 
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Missouri State Bar Association

Awards & Rankings

  • Named by Super Lawyers in the 2018 Illinois Rising Stars list in the fields of insurance coverage, a distinction Cody has held annually since 2012. Super Lawyers Rising Stars recognizes no more than 2.5% of attorneys in each state. To be eligible, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
  • From 2015 through 2019 Cody has been recognized in the publication of Emerging Lawyers by Leading Lawyers Network in the fields of insurance, insurance coverage, reinsurance law, and commercial litigation. This distinction is given to the top 2% of lawyers in Illinois under 40 years old or practicing law 10 or fewer years.

Outside Nicolaides

Cody enjoys playing beach volleyball, WhirlyBall, and other sports, as well as watching and attending college and professional sporting events. He also enjoys outdoor activities and trying new craft beers while traveling the U.S. and abroad.

  • Secured multimillion-dollar judgment requiring the insured and another insurer to reimburse our insurer client based upon a batch clause endorsement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurers on insured's counterclaims for bad faith and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, which also resulted in defeat of insured's request for attorney's fees under Minnesota's "Morrison" exception to the American Rule.
  • Obtained summary judgment for excess insurer with respect to bad-faith claims handling allegations.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for excess insurer after $36 million judgment was entered for two individuals injured in an explosion.
  • Obtained defense verdict for third-party defendant after a three-week jury trial that resulted in the then-largest FELA bodily injury judgment against the defendant/third party plaintiff.
  • Advised client regarding potential coverage under multiple insurance policies providing domestic and foreign coverage for products-liability claim by German automobile manufacturer, due to the insured's use of inadequate plasticizer, resulting in alleged damage to automobiles in China, Canada, United States, Germany, Sweden, and other countries. 
  • Advised client regarding potential coverage for products liability claim asserted against the insured by a French hotel and French general contractor arising from the insured's films used in wallcovering products.
  • Advised insurance company client regarding potential coverage under U.S. primary and excess policies, as well as an Austrian Master policy for product defect claim against the insured for supplying defective bottle caps for soda pop bottles.
  • Advised insurer client regarding potential coverage under U.S. and Netherlands policies for a product defect claim asserted against insured by multiple customers regarding contaminated food ingredients used in the baking of various food products.
  • Advised insurer regarding potential coverage under Bermuda-form policy issued in London for U.S. and Canadian product defect lawsuits asserted against the insured for tens of thousands of defective exhaust systems in semi-truck engines.
  • Advised insurance company client regarding potential coverage under Canadian general liability and automobile policies for motor vehicle accident involving insured's employee in Missouri.
  • Advised insurer client regarding coverage for fatal boat accident in Missouri involving U.S. and Canadian insurance policies and a Canadian-named insured.
  • Advised client as to coverage for fatal accident involving insured's grain storage system in Mexico.
  • Advised client on coverage litigation for numerous underlying bodily injury claims arising out of insured's alleged support of Colombian National Army, which allegedly used the support for terrorist activity.
  • Represented global insurer in declaratory judgment action pending in Alabama federal court regarding coverage for a construction site fatality.
  • Represented a global insurer in New Mexico federal court regarding a trucking fatality.
  • Successfully resolved claim without any contribution from global insurer client in connection with insured's contaminated product sold under a private label agreement.
  • Defended insurer in a declaratory judgment arising out of an engineering- and construction-defect claim in South Carolina with respect to the Lake Blalock Dam and Reservoir.
  • Represented global insurer in federal court with respect to coverage for claim involving off-road stunt that killed a spectator.


  • Co-presenter, "Updates on Missouri Law and Practical Claim Handling Considerations" (October 2018)
  • Presenter, "Determining Duties and Obligations: Insuring Agreement, Exclusion and Conditions" (2015, 2016)
  • Co-presenter, "Missouri Consent Judgments and RSMo. 537.065" (May 2013)