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Representative Cases

  • $4.1 million award for national automotive engineering firm in arbitration involving claims of breach of a joint venture agreement.  Defeated all counterclaims raised by joint venture partner.
  • $1.2 million award, including $750,000 in punitive damages, and judicial conveyance of property for client against other partner in real estate partnership dispute.
  • Confidential multi-million dollar arbitration award for client in claim for interference with contract involving competing medical practices.
  • $550,000 jury verdict for physician in medical partnership dispute.
  • Not guilty verdict in jury trial involving multi-million dollar claim against client securities firm accused of wrongfully taking control of a competing business (affirmed on appeal).
  • Successfully defended national automotive engineering firm in arbitration of multi-million dollar claim relating to client’s production of exotic automobiles.  Arbitrator awarded client full costs of arbitration.
  • Summary judgment for property owner arising from death of construction worker relating to demolition of property (affirmed on appeal).
  • Denial of claim in arbitration seeking judicial dissolution of a limited liability company and $1 million award on counterclaim for unpaid capital contribution.
  • Summary judgment on behalf of national law firm against recruiter who was seeking six-figure placement fee for lateral partner hiring (affirmed on appeal).
  • Summary judgment obtained for a Fortune 500 company requiring its excess insurer to provide $15 million in coverage.
  • Successfully argued appeal before Illinois Appellate Court and Supreme Court arising from personal injury of client in Mexico, establishing leading case in Illinois on choice-of-law analysis.
  • Successfully obtained various forms of injunctive relief and defeated similar claims.
  • Favorable confidential settlement for client business owner relating to claim that insured designated counsel and insurer failed to settle within policy limits, resulting in $1.6 million excess verdict.
  • Favorable settlement for financial institution in appraisal malpractice and accounting action arising from multi-million dollar refinancing.
  • Favorable settlement for venture capital firm in accounting malpractice action arising from failed audit of portfolio company.
  • Favorable settlement for client business owner in legal malpractice claim relating to valuation of ESOP interest
  • Favorable settlement on behalf of law firm in claim of embezzlement against former firm CFO.
  • Favorable settlement for regional bank in legal malpractice claim arising from law firm’s handling of accounting malpractice action.