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Representative Matters

  • Defended board members of publicly traded company accused by dissident shareholder of entrenchment and other wrongful conduct in Wisconsin federal court. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction and, thereafter, negotiated favorable settlement.
  • Obtained seven-figure judgment for medical equipment company against a manufacturer for breach of an exclusive distribution agreement in a damages trial in Illinois federal court.
  • Defended medical equipment company against Lanham Act, copyright, and other intellectual property claims of its competitor in Illinois federal court. Successfully moved to dismiss the majority of plaintiffs’ claims. Case remains pending.
  • Defended e-commerce kitchenware company and its owner against intellectual property and other claims in Illinois federal court brought by the company’s former freelance designer who alleged he was promised a partnership interest in the business. Obtained favorable settlement following briefing on a motion to dismiss.
  • Represented preeminent Chicago produce company in accounting malpractice suit against former accountants alleged to have incorporated false information in company’s financial statements, disguising millions in losses that could have been avoided had accurate financial information been presented. Took the lead in mediation that resulted in confidential favorable settlement shortly before trial.
  • Defended financial services firm against former employee’s claim of gender discrimination. Guided dispute to a favorable confidential outcome through early mediation.
  • Defeated a motion for temporary restraining order and won summary judgment for client sued by former employer for violating restrictive covenants in his employment agreement. Drafted briefs in opposition to TRO motion and in support of summary judgment motion and delivered oral argument at TRO hearing. The trial court first denied plaintiffs’ TRO motion and, following summary judgment briefing and oral argument, ruled that the restrictive covenants were unenforceable and not subject to judicial modification as a matter of law. Successfully defended the ruling on appeal, in what is now a leading published opinion on restrictive covenant law in Illinois.
  • Defended LLC member against a claim for judicial dissolution of an energy brokerage in an arbitration proceeding brought by one of the brokerage’s investors. Delivered opening statement and examined key witnesses in three-day arbitration and wrote the pre- and post-hearing briefs. After hearing, the arbitrator denied the investor’s dissolution claim and granted our client’s counterclaim, ordering the investor to pay the brokerage close to $1 million due under the parties’ agreements.
  • Successfully represented technology company in suit against the dominant companies in its industry for antitrust violations, civil conspiracy, and unfair competitionBriefed and argued client’s opposition to defendants’ motions to dismiss in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  Following the court’s denial of defendants’ motions, obtained confidential favorable settlement on client’s behalf.
  • Successfully defended a technology company against an opposition action before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Following the parties’ completion of written discovery, negotiated a settlement whereby our client made nominal, nonmaterial changes to the description of its product in exchange for petitioner’s dismissal of its opposition action with prejudice.
  • First-chaired trial on the merits of breach of contract claim and, following judgment in client’s favor, handled citation proceeding in which client collected 100% of the judgment. Successfully appealed and obtained reversal of denial of petition for post-judgment attorneys’ fees. On remand, trial court awarded 100% of the fees incurred during the collection proceeding and the appeal.
  • Successfully defended an e-commerce company against claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, consumer fraud, and tortious interference in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by our client’s largest competitor.  Case settled for a confidential nominal amount following the completion of written discovery.
  • Successfully represented claimant-investor in FINRA arbitration against two investment firms, their respective principals, and claimant’s broker arising from broker’s churning and improper trading of assets in claimant’s securities accounts.  Obtained favorable confidential settlement for claimant.
  • Drafted appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of dental implant company seeking declaratory judgment that its insurer had a duty to defend the company in an underlying lawsuit for patent and trademark infringement.  Obtained favorable settlement prior to oral arguments.
  • Represented private equity firm in bringing suit in the Commercial Division of New York County state court for breach of contract and fraud against buyer of software company.  Obtained confidential favorable settlement on client’s behalf.
  • Successfully defended Physician against subrogee-insurance company’s claim for implied indemnity in connection with settlement of underlying medical malpractice case.  Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor.
  • Represented national law firm against recruiter who was seeking six-figure placement fee for lateral partner hiring.  Briefed and argued successful motion for summary judgment resulting in a finding of zero liability.  Successfully opposed plaintiff’s appeal.
  • Represented real estate investor in action against former partner and his co-conspirators for conspiracy to defraud, breach of promissory note, aiding and abetting fraud, and breach of contract in the Unites States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Brief and argued successful opposition to defendant’s motion to dismiss.  Obtained favorable settlement for client.
  • Represented North American building supply company in breach of contract action. Deposed numerous fact witnesses. Second-chaired arbitration proceeding and obtained award in client’s favor.
  • Without filing a lawsuit, obtained six-figure settlement for former shareholders of direct marketing company in accounting malpractice matter against company’s former accountants. Settlement achieved based upon correspondence alleging that the accountants’ negligent preparation of annual audits and tax returns  exposed shareholders to substantial liability.