Don Tarkington is a senior trial lawyer and Managing Partner of the firm.
He maintains an active trial practice and has over 30 years experience litigating major matters and resolving disputes for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses.
Don is recognized as one of the top commercial litigators in Illinois by Super Lawyers and The Leading Lawyers Network and has been awarded these honors every year for the past 13 years. He was named to the “Best Lawyers of America" list in 2017 and 2018 in the area of real estate litigation by the Best Lawyers organization.
Don is a seasoned trial lawyer with a reputation for understanding and creatively achieving his clients’ business objectives through litigation, arbitration or settlement. He has been entrusted by clients in diverse industries to represent them as plaintiffs and defendants in multimillion dollar matters and in disputes which threaten the existence of their business. He has successfully represented businesses and individuals in disputes concerning breach of contract, intellectual property, real estate, professional liability and closely held businesses. Don has successfully:
- Represented Citadel LLC in a national class action captioned, In re Biozoom, Inc. Securities Litigation;
- Represented one of the largest restaurant companies in the world, helping it resolve multiple commercial disputes;
- Represented publicly traded and private companies in national class action litigation;
- Defended a major television news network and internationally known musical artists against claims of copyright and trademark infringement;
- Represented manufacturers, service companies and software developers in connection with protecting mission critical trade secrets;
- Represented owners and developers of real estate in connection with disputes relating to leasing, zoning and financing;
- Defended a large publicly traded financial institution against claims relating to the origination and sale of commercial loans;
- Defended lawyers and major law firms in connection with multi-million dollar professional liability claims and partnership disputes; and
- Represented owners of closely-held businesses in disputes concerning the operation of their businesses and their rights in the business vis a vis the other owners.
Don is also active in his community. He served as a member of the Board of Education for the Evanston/Skokie Consolidated School District 65 where he was Chair of the Finance Committee. He also served as Co-Chair of the District 65 Referendum Committee and is a past President of Foundation 65, an educational foundation he helped found which supports the Evanston public schools and its teachers. Don also served on the Board of Directors for the McGaw YMCA and currently chairs the long-range planning committee for the McGaw YMCA Children’s Center.
- Indiana University (B.S. 1978)
- Northwestern University (J.D. 1983); first place, Miner Moot Court Competition; William Jennings Bryan Award and Lowden-Wigmore Prize for excellence in oral and written advocacy; represented Northwestern University Law School in the National Moot Court Competition
Speeches & Publications
- “Contractors Beware,” Multifamily Executive, July 2001
- “Guarding your Company’s Secrets in the Electronic Age,” Accounting Today, Nov. 26 – Dec. 16, 2001
- Donald Tarkington Named on the Best Lawyers® 2022 "Best Lawyers in America" List for Real Estate Litigation
- Donald Tarkington Named on the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers List
- Donald Tarkington Named on the Best Lawyers® 2021 "Best Lawyers in America" List for Real Estate Litigation
- Donald Tarkington Named on Chicago Law Media's Leading Lawyers in Illinois List for 2020
- Donald Tarkington Named on the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers List
- Donald Tarkington Named on Best Lawyers' 2020 "Best Lawyers in America" list for Real Estate Litigation
- Best Lawyers Magazine Named Donald Tarkington on its 2019 "Best Lawyers in America" list for Real Estate Litigation
- Donald Tarkington Named on the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers List
- Best Lawyers Magazine Names Donald A. Tarkington "Lawyer of the Year" for Real Estate Litigation in 2018
- Donald Tarkington Named on the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers List
- 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Leading Lawyers Recognizes 9 Novack and Macey Attorneys as Leading Lawyers and 5 as Emerging Lawyers in 2016
- Novack and Macey Wins Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Case for Plas-Tool Co. After Jury Trial in District Court; Don Tarkington Is Lead Trial Attorney
- “Small but Mighty” Litigation Boutique Scores Eight Appellate Victories in 2012
- Managing Partner Don Tarkington discusses “Safeguarding Trade Secrets” in Smart Business Chicago magazine
- Novack and Macey LLP’s Recent Supreme Court Victory Is the Latest in a String of Victories on Behalf of its Clients in Illinois Reviewing Courts
- Novack and Macey Scores Victory for Developer River Road
- Novack and Macey Secures Trial Victory