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An active member of the Illinois legal community, Chicago lawyer Myron Cherry is considered a pioneer in the use of fee schedules aimed at giving plaintiffs access to the legal system without concern of high costs due to prolonged trials.With more than 48 years of experience as an attorney, Myron Cherry has been a dynamic participant in sweeping legal reforms that have taken place in the field since the early 1960s. Included in those reforms is his idea of implementing contingency fees, allowing people to file lawsuits with the knowledge that a portion of winning settlements would be used to pay their legal representation. Because no upfront legal payment is required, Myron Cherry’s innovative fee mechanism, which he uses at his firm Myron M. Cherry and Associates, LLC, creates equal access to the courtroom regardless of income.Among the settlements won by Myron Cherry is a $25.5 million case in lawyer malpractice filed by healthcare company Ventas, Inc., against its former law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell. This settlement, which Myron Cherry was able to resolve without going to court, marks one of the largest legal malpractice awards ever achieved. In addition, Myron Cherry won a $44 million settlement on behalf of approximately 2,200 senior pilots from United Airlines. The pilots had sued their union, the Air Line Pilots Association, International, for not representing them fairly during a pension dispute related to the bankruptcy of United Airlines. A member of the bar in California, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and his home state of Illinois, Myron Cherry has been admitted to practice before Illinois State Courts, Illinois Federal District Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Myron Cherry has also argued cases in the First, Third, Seventh, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeals. Myron Cherry instructs students in Trial Practice as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law.