Timothy J. Carey


Tim Carey is co-chair of the firm’s Energy Litigation Practice Group. He is a litigator advising on complex disputes. His experience in litigation, appellate work, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution spans a diverse array of practice areas in state and federal courts, including class actions, mass actions and arbitrations before virtually all US arbitration forums that hear matters relating to securities, commodity futures, other derivatives and reinsurance. He has more than 16 years’ experience as an arbitrator for the National Futures Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Mr. Carey regularly represents companies and individuals in enforcement proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and other state and federal agencies, as well as various securities and commodities self-regulatory organizations. He has also litigated extensively in the United States bankruptcy courts in financial services matters, including cases relating to commodity brokers and hedge funds. Mr. Carey conceived and successfully defended a strategy that permitted a commodity broker client to proceed under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, the first and only time this had been accomplished.

Mr. Carey regularly advises energy companies on litigation and other legal and regulatory issues relating to the trading of physical, over-the-counter and exchange-traded energy products, including oil, gasoline and other refined products, natural gas and power. He also advises broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, energy merchants and traders, and other financial and lending institutions on compliance issues. Mr. Carey has extensive experience in reinsurance litigation and arbitration, as well as in accountant and other professional liability litigation.


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, 1980, J.D., summa cum laude, Notre Dame Law Review, Farabaugh Prize for high scholarship
  • Bryant College, 1977, M.B.A., with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois