1 The trial court noted that its statement of facts was taken largely from Hedlund’s
amended petition for attorney fees and City Colleges’ renewed motion for summary judgment on
the amended petition for attorney fees.
March 27, 2007
HEDLUND AND HANLEY, LLC, and )
REUBEN L. HEDLUND, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiffs-Appellants, ) Cook County.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF COMMUNITY )
COLLEGE DISTRICT NO. 508, THE COUNTY OF ) Honorable
COOK, AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) John A. Ward,
) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE SOUTH delivered the opinion of the court:
Plaintiffs, Hedlund & Hanley, LLC (H&H), and Reuben Hedlund (Hedlund), appeal from
the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of defendants, the Board of Trustees of
Community College District No. 508, the County of Cook and the State of Illinois (collectively,
The facts as stated in the trial court’s written memorandum decision1 are as follows: prior
to August 19, 1994, City Colleges retained the law firm of Hedlund, Hanley & John (HH&J) to
represent it in litigation arising from accounting malpractice. Reuben Hedlund was the principal
attorney at HH&J. After recovering over $4 million from Prudential Securities, City Colleges
asked HH&J to provide further representation in the prosecution of its claims against other