Commercial Litigation

We represent individuals and companies in various business disputes in a number of areas:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Disparagement
  • Insurance Litigation
  • RICO
  • Securities Arbitration
  • Shareholder Action
  • Shareholder Derivative action
  • Fiduciary Duty

 We work closely with our clients to provide the best representation and an outcome aligned to their goals.  Where necessary, we are experienced in protecting their reputations.


Commercial Litigation

We represented Monroe Investments, a nationally known investment hedge fund in the Circuit Court of Cook County in a misappropriated trade secrets case. Monroe Investments sued a former executive with the company, and his subsequent employer. The lawsuit alleged that the former executive had copied proprietary confidential financial information, including price models, cost calculations and client lists while negotiating with a competing company for a new job. As a result, a settlement was reached that achieved Monroe’s business objectives

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Breach of Contract

Near North Insurance Brokerage, Inc., et al. v. AON Corporation, et al., successfully defended prominent businessman and owner of Near North National Group, Michael Segal, in a multi-million dollar racketeering and defamation claim filed against him;
Resolved 2003

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Commercial Disparagement

Chicago Pizza, Inc. v. Pizza USA, Inc., (Ill., 2008), obtained relief from the appellate court which held plaintiff established willful violations of Illinois Deceptive Trade Practices Act warranting injunctive relief and an award of attorney’s fees.

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Insurance Litigation

Busse v. UNUM Provident, et al., successfully represented a permanently disabled anesthesiologist in a substantial claim against his disability insurance carrier. The Defendant carrier came to national prominence concerning its business. The Defendant was the subject of numerous high profile stories about this international corporation and its refusal to pay claims. Individuals insured by the company had little success in collecting money directly or through the result of lawsuits from the Defendant carrier

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Complex Civil Litigation

Successfully recovered damages in our representation a family wrongly raided by the federal government against their former attorneys for failing to pursue claims against the U.S. government, Drug Enforcement Agency and members of the Chicago Police Department

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RICO

Near North Insurance Brokerage, Inc., et al. v. AON Corporation, et al., successfully defended prominent businessman and owner of Near North National Group, Michael Segal, in a multi-million dollar racketeering and defamation claim filed against him.
Resolved 2003

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Securities Arbitration

Netzky v. Prudential, et. al., obtained a judgment for a sophisticated investor against brokerage firm for losses sustained for trades not performed.
Resolved 1996

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Shareholder Action

Shumway v. Imanage, successfully represented share-holder for claims arising from defendant’s IPO and obtained substantial settlement.
Resolved 2004

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Shareholder Derivative Action

El Ebro Foods/Abreu v. LaPreferida, et al., successfully represented a partner/shareholder in a landmark derivative suit that involved industrial espionage, trademark, trade name misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duties that resulted in the chairman of the board being removed. The chairman was one of the founders and a 50% shareholder through his corporation in the company.

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