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Paul S. Festenstein PJM Attorney bio

Paul S. Festenstein

Phone: (312) 724-8039

Areas of Practice/Concentration

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation and Consultation – First and Third-Party Claims
  • Insurance Consultation regarding Tenders of Defense and Conflicts of Interest
  • Insurance Defense of Motor Vehicle, Premises, Construction Accident, Products Liability and Slip & Fall Matters
  • Special Investigative Litigation Defense
  • Extra-Contractual Defense Litigation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Defense Litigation
  • Employment Law Disputes
  • Appellate Practice


  • Washington University School of Law J. D. June, 1979
  • University of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana, Bachelors of Arts in History, 1976
  • ISBA Certified Arbitrator- 2015


  • State of Illinois- 1979
  • Northern District of the U. S. District Court of Illinois- 1980
  • Southern District of the U. S. District Court of Illinois – 2018


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • Attorney Volunteer- JUF Legal Clinic- Annually Since 1984;
  • Attorney Volunteer – Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Since 2014

Paul S. Festenstein brings more than 35 years of litigation experience to Peterson, Johnson & Murray. He will focus his practice on Insurance Coverage and Defense matters involving both First- and Third-Party Matters. During his career, Mr. Festenstein has served as an appellate advocate and has presented at the national conference of the International Association of Special Investigative Units (IASIU). Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Festenstein was a Partner at a Chicago law firm where he represented insurance carriers and their customers in casualty defense and coverage matters regarding both personal and commercial lines. Mr. Festenstein received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. He holds memberships in the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and is A Volunteer Front Line Attorney for both the JUF Legal Clinic and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.