Chris has significant experience in complex commercial litigation matters including breach of contract, business torts, partnership disputes, employment disputes, and compensation and restrictive covenant disputes. Chris has represented numerous companies and individuals in courts throughout the country. Chris provides the perspective he has gained as an experienced private practitioner, as well as skills he acquired as a former Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, where he taught torts and products liability.
Chris understands that being an effective litigator and counselor ultimately is about finding the right solutions for each unique situation. Sometimes it means tenacious litigation from the trial court to appeal. Other times it means making a few telephone calls to solve a problem before it spirals out of control. Whatever the situation, he believes each client deserves a committed ally who will fight to make a positive difference for them.
Notable results that Chris has helped clients obtain include:
Winning a $70 million judgment in a breach of contract action against a pharmaceutical company; Link
Securing a summary-judgment victory in a multi-million dollar case brought by a man who had “mooned” his bosses, and cementing that victory on appeal; Link
Reversing in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals an unfavorable trial-court decision in what has been referred to as a “landmark” ERISA decision; Link
Preserving a trial-court victory for a well-known Chicago restaurant in a case appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court; Link
Appealing and reversing an unfavorable trial decision against a client in a multi-million dollar partnership dispute (client was represented by a different firm in the trial court);
Defeating a former partner’s compensation and breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims against a nationally known law firm following a three-day arbitration hearing;
Resolving on highly favorable terms a former partner’s compensation and breach-of-fiduciary duty claims against a nationally known law firm;
Securing a favorable settlement (on the eve of trial) for a prestigious law firm in an employment dispute with a former employee; and
Securing a lucrative settlement for a high-level executive in a compensation and contract dispute with his former employer.
University of Chicago (B.A. 1993)
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D. 1998), Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif; editor-in-chief, University of Illinois Law Review
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
“Default and Default Judgment,” Chapter 7, Illinois Civil Practice Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012 Link
“The Collapse of the Auction Rate Securities Market,” October 2009 PDF
Recovering Attorney Fees for Litigation Work Performed by In-House Counsel PDF
“Venue in Federal Civil Cases,” Chapter 5, Federal Civil Practice, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 17, 2010