Knight Nicastro Expands into Illinois, Welcomes Five Attorneys
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Knight Nicastro Expands into Illinois, Welcomes Five Attorneys

| Apr 8, 2019 | news


Knight Nicastro has opened offices in Chicago and Peoria, Illinois, and added five attorneys to its team of skilled litigators. The attorneys add to Knight Nicastro’s significant experience representing clients in the transportation industry and continue the firm’s impressive momentum attracting top-talent this year. During the first quarter, four attorneys joined the firm’s Missoula, Montana, office including the former senior general attorney for BNSF Railway and a former assistant United States attorney.

The new attorneys include:

  • Members Stephen Heine (Peoria), who served as chair of his former firm’s railroad practice group, and Richard Sikes (Chicago)
  • Senior attorney Matthew Jardine (Chicago)
  • Attorneys Susannah Price (Chicago) and Mallory Sanzeri (Chicago).

“Our offices are strategically located throughout the middle of the nation to represent clients in any jurisdiction,” said Chad Knight, member of Knight Nicastro. “With offices in Colorado, Kansas City and Montana, Illinois was a natural next step for us. We are excited to enter the market with Steve, Richard and their talented team, who have been recognized among the best litigators in the state.”

“Our team is thrilled to join Knight Nicastro and be the firm’s first geographic footprint in the Illinois legal market,” said Heine. “The firm’s dedication to clients, extensive experience and proven results make this a great fit for our team. Together we will continue to strengthen Knight Nicastro’s reputation as the preeminent leader in trial representation.”

The firm’s Peoria office is located at One Technology Plaza, 211 Fulton Street, Suite 692; and its Chicago office is located at 200 W. Adams Street, Suite 2445.

Heine has prominent experience successfully trying railroad, trucking, first party insurance and a wide variety of other lawsuits. He is a past president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, as well as the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Additionally, he is a member of the Defense Research Institute, and an elected member of The Society of Trial Lawyers Chicago. He received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Sikes is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who represents transportation industry clients in high-stakes cases, defends state actors against civil rights claims and serves as lead counsel in other civil and commercial litigation. He is a former assistant state’s attorney for Cook County, Illinois, where he prosecuted 49 felony jury cases to verdict including several capital cases. He received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

Jardine represents corporate clients in high-stakes litigation nationwide, including product liability, construction, transportation, railroad, environmental, commercial litigation and other civil disputes. He received his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Price focuses her practice on the defense of transportation companies as well as other civil litigation and personal injury matters including civil rights and toxic tort cases. She received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Sanzeri’s practice is devoted to a wide variety of civil litigation matters including transportation law, FELA, product liability, premises liability, construction law and subrogation. She received her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

About Knight Nicastro:

Knight Nicastro, LLC, is a national litigation firm with offices in Colorado, Montana and Missouri. The firm represents clients through all phases of litigation matters. For more information, visit