Francis J. Marasa, Esq.
Founding Partner

After 25 years of practicing at a mid-size defense firm, including 8 years as Managing Partner of 50 attorneys, Francis J. "Chic" Marasa founded The Law Offices of Francis J. Marasa, Ltd. in April of 2000. In March of 2011, the Firm was renamed Marasa Lewis.

Chic's practice concentrates in the trial and resolution of civil litigation matters with an expertise in construction law, employer's liability, products liability, premises liability and motor vehicle negligence.

With over 35 years of experience, Chic has defended both individuals and corporations in matters throughout the Midwest and prides himself on his ability to quickly assess the nature of a case, the potential for its defense and the evaluation of any exposure to his clients. Having worked in the construction field through college and law school, he brings a unique understanding of the nature of the construction industry to his legal work, which has grown into an expertise in all areas of construction management, including his knowledge of construction contracts and insurance coverage.

Chic strives to provide personal attention to each of his clients. He aggressively defends his clients in a respectful and well-prepared manner which has earned him the esteem of judges, opposing counsel and jurors. Chic has been awarded by his peers with the highest "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubbell. As an experienced trial lawyer with over fifty cases to verdict, many involving catastrophic injuries, Chic provides a wealth of courtroom experience which encourages opposing counsel to amicably resolve their lawsuits prior to trial.

Born and raised in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago, Chic is a lifelong Cubs and Bears fan and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois. Coming from a strong Italian-Irish background with both of his grandfathers in the construction industry, he prides himself on his ability to relate to not only his clients but also his opposition which continues to lead to favorable negotiations and settlements of disputed cases.

Hamline University (B.A., 1972)
John Marshall School of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1976); Member, Order of John
   Marshall, John Marshall Law Review

Lectures to: corporations providing emergency medical care; Residency program at
  University of Chicago for emergency physicians; and insurance carriers and private
  corporations on various topics of liability and defense strategy.
Author, "Trial of Structural Work Act Case: Defendant's Perspective"
   (copyright 1993, 1994).
Presentations to: Chicago Bar Association; "Trial of a Construction Injury Case"
   (1993 and 1994); "Employers Liability and Responsibility on Construction Sites" (1995);
  American Subcontractor's Association; "Third Party Practice and Employer
  Liability" (1997).

Chicago and Illinois Bar Associations; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel;
  and Justinian Society.


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (member of federal trial bar)
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

    Jill B. Lewis, Esq.