Practices

We represent individuals in both federal and state appeals as both appellee and appellant.

We represent a wide variety of professional associations, condominium associations, and cooperative apartment buildings in litigation arising from disputes with their members and others. These matters include declaratory judgment actions relating to the interpretation of corporate documents, tort claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, breach of contract claims, and matters relating to the discipline of members.

We defend businesses and individuals in various commercial litigation matters. This includes breach of contract claims, fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, shareholder derivative actions, claims brought under the Illinois Sales Representative Act, claims brought under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, and actions relating to the dissolution of business entities.

We represent businesses and individuals in defending against consumer rights actions including actions brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This representation includes both individual and class action suits.

We represent both employers in a wide-range of employment disputes. These include discrimination actions such as sexual harassment claims, hostile work environment claims, racial and national origin discrimination claims, retaliatory discharge claims, violations of the Illinois Whistleblowers Act, pregnancy discrimination claims, and disability discrimination claims. This representation includes matters in federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and the Cook County Commission on Human Rights and includes claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, and the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance.

We also represent employers in actions relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants (including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements), severance and separation controversies involving employees, and any other litigation matters that may arise from an employment relationship.

We firmly believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Accordingly, in addition to representing employers in employment litigation matters, we provide consulting and risk management services for employers including advice relating to specific employment decisions and disciplinary action, legal compliance, internal investigations of employees and employee, drafting severance agreements, and drafting employee handbooks. In this regard, we have helped employers take steps at an early stage to avoid costly litigation altogether or increase the odds of success if litigation is instituted against them.

We represent police officers and municipalities in a wide range of legal matters involving allegations of police misconduct, including claims involving wrongful conviction, false arrest, excessive force, malicious prosecution, due process violations, illegal search and seizure, conspiracy, “Brady”-type violations, unconstitutional practices and policies, wrongful death, and willful and wanton conduct. We also regularly conduct presentations for all ranks within the police department from patrol officers to captains relating to the litigation process as an additional gratis service for our municipal clients.

For our municipal clients, we regularly conduct seminars for police personnel-from patrol officers to captains-relating to effective participation in the civil litigation process. Police misconduct verdicts and meritless legal claims are a substantial drain on public funds and can divert monies away from the provision of important public services. It is our belief that a great majority of these police misconduct verdicts can be avoided through effective preparation and effective communication, both at deposition and at trial. This process of preparation and communication begins well before a lawsuit is ever filed and we truly believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Please contact us if you are interested in this seminar.

 

We defend businesses and individuals in a wide range of personal injury and premises liability claims from defense of low value automobile cases to defense of multi-million dollar catastrophic injury cases. Our expertise includes such areas as construction defect and negligence, trucking and automobile accident litigation, and wrongful death litigation. We also represent employers in workers compensation claims initiated by employees.

We represent employers in litigation brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. This representation includes both individual and class action suits.