Joshua E. Liebman


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Joshua E. Liebman represents clients in litigation arising out of business relationships and commercial transactions including real estate, soft intellectual property, and employment disputes. He is co-chair of the Partnership and Closely Held Corporation Disputes practice group.  Josh has substantial experience representing clients in the live music and live event space, as well as in the direct sales and gaming industries.

Josh has represented individuals as well as companies ranging in size from two-person partnerships to global entities publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.  In doing so, he has defended the depositions of powerful CEOs and worked closely with general counsels and other business executives. Josh takes great pride in learning his client’s business and making sure that the client understands the legal process so that they can work collaboratively and formulate a litigation strategy that both addresses the dispute head on and protects the client’s business interests.  

Since 2009, Josh has been ranked annually on the Illinois Super Lawyers list, a recognition given to only 5% of Illinois attorneys. He has also repeatedly been named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media. Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer.

In 2016, Josh was named one of the “Forty Illinois Attorneys under 40 To Watch,” a list published annually by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. In selecting him for this honor, the Law Bulletin relied on his reputation as a “diligent, thorough and talented attorney” whose “dogged and unrelenting advocacy has resulted in several big wins in court.”  In the words of a client, Josh “cares about his clients and takes their problems on as his own.  In the end, it is this character trait that separates him from other lawyers.”

Josh graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans, in 1998 and from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Magna cum Laude, in 2004. While attending law school, Josh served as the Research Editor of the Loyola University Law Journal and was named best respondent in the 2003 Niagara International Moot Court Competition.

Josh is a long-standing member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations. He served on the Jewish Council for Youth Services’ Board of Directors for which he sat on the Finance Committee.

Josh grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and currently lives in Chicago with his wife Beata and their three children.


  • Tulane University (B.A. 1998)
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Magna cum Laude (J.D. 2004)


Speeches & Publications

Representative Cases


  • Obtained a favorable early settlement of a copyright infringement and Digital Millennium Copyright Act case for an overseas distributor of skincare products and multiple nationally recognized retailers.  The plaintiff, an artist, claimed the defendant’s product packaging infringed his copyrighted artwork.  The case spanned two continents, including suits filed in New York and London.
  • Represented camping and outdoor music festival promoter in a trademark infringement and anti-cybersquatting case in federal court.  After filing a complaint and motion for temporary restraining order (TRO), the defendant capitulated to such an extent that there was no need to go forward with the TRO hearing.
  • Represented a U.S. home goods manufacturer helping it protect the trademark related to its iconic product by asserting trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution claims under the Lanham Act.
  • Successfully defended a nationally recognized direct sales company against allegations that it misappropriated a competitors trade secrets in violation of the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.  

employment disputeS

  • Represented national third-party logistics provider in action to enforce non-competition provision against a former employee.
  • Represented global direct sales company in connection with breach of contract claims alleging that members of its independent contractor sales force were prohibited from recruiting sales people from other direct sales companies.
  • Represented national aviation insurance broker in action to enforce contractual non-compete and non-solicitation provisions against former employee.
  • Negotiated appropriate severance package for a top salesperson in the construction materials industry. 


  • Successfully represented a national hotel operator in a lease dispute with its landlord at a downtown Chicago property. The client’s primary goal was not to recover monetary damages but, rather, to substantially extend the lease term. After taking over the case from prior counsel, we amended the complaint to add claims that the landlord and its affiliate had breached a territorial exclusivity covenant in the lease. We then sought discovery on the affiliate’s profits from improperly competing with our client. After we obtained court orders requiring both defendants to comply with discovery, the landlord reversed its longstanding opposition to extending the lease and settled the case by entering into a 50-year lease.
  • Assisted a group of minority members in multiple limited liability companies which were organized to facilitate real estate investments. The minority members were attempting to sell their interests to the majority member who was not negotiating in good faith. We drafted complaints alleging breach of fiduciary duty, among other things, which persuaded the majority member to purchase the minority members’ interests. The complaints never had to be filed.  
  • Represented a shopping center developer in lawsuit against a local municipality for damages related to the municipality’s attempt to restrict consumer access to the shopping center's parking lot.
  • Defended real estate developer and personal guarantor of loans in multiple commercial foreclosure actions.
  • Defended real estate developer in alleged breach of oral contract to make million dollar payment.

LIVE EVENTS/entertainment

  • Won the dismissal with prejudice of the counterclaim filed against React Presents, Inc. and its principals.  React was in the business of promoting live events when it entered into a revenue sharing agreement with a company looking to invest in two of React’s larger outdoor music festivals.  Ultimately, the relationship deteriorated and, in 2014, the investment company initiated litigation against React. We obtained a complete victory for our client.
  • Obtained summary judgment for publicly traded producer of live events where the primary issue was whether our client, who recently purchased the assets – but not the stock – of a local live event production company, was bound by the arbitration provision in a contract between the local company and the opponent. The asset purchase agreement specifically excluded the contract containing the arbitration provision. The opponent argued that the asset sale was a de facto merger so the contractual exclusion did not appy.  The Court rejected that argument and adopted our argument holding, among other things, that the terms of the asset purchase agreement governed. 
  • Obtained a complete defense victory following a five-day arbitration hearing on behalf of a local festival and concert promoter in a dispute filed by the counter-party to an expired profit sharing agreement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of the business manager of a world-famous recording artist in a suit relating to the collection of installment payments under a settlement agreement. 


  • Won a motion to dismiss on behalf of an internet-based social gaming company accused of violating Illinois gambling statutes.  The entire class action complaint filed in federal court was dismissed before any discovery took place.
  •  Represented a state lottery operator in various disputes related to FOIA requests, the disclosure of confidential information and contractual disagreements with the governmental department responsible for the lottery.


  • Obtained a Writ of Mandamus on behalf of Jewels By Park Lane, Inc. (“JBPL”), an Illinois multi-level marketing company, in the Supreme Court of Alabama.  JBPL was sued in Alabama’s Tallapoosa County Circuit Court.  Although the circuit court denied our motion to dismiss, the Alabama Supreme Court granted our Petition for Writ of Mandamus holding that the circuit court exceeded its discretion and directing the circuit court to dismiss the lawsuit filed against JBPL.
  • Represented national commodity wholesaler in action against former employees for breach of confidentiality provision and misappropriation of trade secrets related to hedging strategies.
  • Defended prepaid credit card supplier against the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation’s claim that the client violated the Illinois Transmitters of Money Act.
  • Defended major Chicago law firm in connection with multi-million dollar professional negligence claim.