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Heavy Weight Litigation

I am fortunate to have honed my trial skills after years of working alongside (and against) some of the nation’s most experienced and successful trial lawyers, including Chapman Spingola’s Senior Trial Counsel James P. Chapman, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. I have substantial brief writing and oral argument experience at the appellate court level, and have arbitrated claims before all the major arbitration tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association, FINRA (formerly NASD) and the National Futures Association. Once again, our results speak for themselves:

  • We recently represented a private equity firm in bringing suit in the  Commercial Division of New York County state court for breach of contract and fraud against the buyer of a software company. After eight months of litigation, we obtained a confidential favorable settlement on the client’s behalf.
  • I was retained to represent two high-net worth investors who lost millions in an elaborate scheme of unauthorized wire transfers and futures trading that was perpetrated through one of the largest clearing firms in the world.  Through years of hard-fought litigation, we prepared the case for trial in such a way that caused the defendant to capitulate on the courthouse steps one day before the opening statements were scheduled to begin at the National Futures Association.  The case settled for a confidential amount.
  • A defendant national real estate brokerage hired us to litigate several novel secured transaction issues arising out of a Master Assignment and Security Agreement that was being enforced against the real estate brokerage to recover the commissions of the brokerage’s bankrupt independent contractor agents.  We obtained summary judgment on these issues at the trial court level.  I then successfully argued the appeal before a panel of the Illinois Appellate court, which affirmed the entry of summary judgment.
  • An insurance giant settled a medical malpractice claim brought against one of its physician-insureds.  After the settlement, this insurer pursued a subrogation claim against the physician seeking to recover the proceeds that had been paid out to settle the underlying malpractice case.  We were retained exclusively to handle the subrogation claim.  Initially, I worked to effect a quick settlement to avoid the unnecessary expenditure of legal fees, but the insurer refused to compromise.  We then prepared a motion for summary judgment, which was granted and upheld upon rehearing. The entire subrogation matter took less than one year to resolve, and the defendant physician had zero liability to the insurer.
  • We brought and obtained a temporary restraining order in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of international residential real estate brokerage which helped restrict investors from a hostile takeover of the business, lockout of controlling officers and directors and misappropriation of dozens of real estate agents.
  • We recently won a precedent-setting motion for summary disposition in defense of various statutory claims of unlawful debt collection brought as a class action in the Circuit Court of Wayne County, Michigan.

Transaction Negotiations That Bring Liquidity to Litigation

In conjunction with my IP litigation practice, I have helped hundreds of private equity and Fortune 500 corporate clients with the intellectual property aspects of their multi-million dollar corporate transactions and commercial agreements across a variety of industries. These transactions have included:

  • Asset purchase agreements
  • Merger agreements
  • Patent, trademark, copyright, know-how and software licenses
  • Information technology agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Technology transfer agreements
  • Transition services agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Supply agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Website development and hosting agreements
  • Telecommunications contracts
  • Manufacturing and installation agreements