The bench is the term that is used to describe the area where the judge sits in a trial. So, when a judge says, "Counsel, please approach the bench," it is an instruction for a lawyer to approach the area where the judge is sitting. Judges typically have a prime view of the court from the bench.
Thomas A. Kelliher is a seasoned litigator who has first-chaired 30 trials during the course of his career. When engaged in defense work for the city of Chicago, Tom won 90 percent of the 29 cases he tried to jury verdict. In the one plaintiff case he has tried to verdict – a premises liability lawsuit involving a back injury – he won a jury verdict exceeding $1 million for his client.
Tom also serves as the chief writer of appellate court briefs at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd. Like his colleagues at the law firm, Tom is known for being an extremely talented, passionate, aggressive and sharp trial attorney.
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