Mr. Byman has devoted a substantial amount of his practice to pro bono work, which has included obtaining the release of two different men wrongfully convicted of murder. Mr. Byman secured reversal and the release of David Dowaliby after his conviction for the murder of his daughter; the case is the subject of a book and movie, Gone In The Night, starring Shannon Doherty. Mr. Byman secured the release of one of the “Ford Heights Four,” Dennis Williams, after he had served 18 years on death row as a result of a wrongful conviction; that case is the subject of the book A Promise of Justice. Mr. Byman has handled numerous pro bono matters that have attracted considerable national media attention, including his representation of (1) the adoptive parents of the child known in the media as “Baby Richard;” (2) Patrick Sykes, the defendant in the infamous “Girl X” case; (3) Dale Basten, one of the defendants in the “Monfils 7” murder case; and (4) Silvonus Shannon, one of the defendants in the highly publicized beating death of a Fenger High School student captured on cell-phone video.
Mr. Byman is a frequent speaker on e-discovery issues; he was responsible for the electronic discovery issues in Coleman (Parent) Holding v. Morgan Stanley which led to a default order that translated into a $1.4 Billion jury verdict (the verdict was later reversed on other grounds). Mr. Byman is a co-author of the West‘s Illinois Civil Litigation Guide and has authored numerous articles and chapters on trial practice subjects for the Practicing Law Institute, the Matthew Bender Federal Evidence Practice Guide, the Matthew Bender Federal Litigation Guide, the ABA Litigation Magazine, and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). Mr. Byman was a regular columnist on Federal Civil Procedure issues (with more than 70 published articles) for the National Law Journal. Mr. Byman has been a frequent lecturer for the IICLE on various litigation subjects and was a Senior Instructor for the IICLE Trial Bar Skills Course for Practicing Attorneys. Mr. Byman is an Adjunct Professor at the Notre Dame University College of Law and has participated as guest faculty in Trial Advocacy Programs at Northwestern, IIT-Kent, and Loyola Universities.
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