I work on complex commercial litigation. Specifically, I’ve worked on cases involving claims of patent and trademark infringement, antitrust cases, breach-of-contract and UCC disputes, and cases involving allegations of unfair competition, consumer deception, and fraud. I’ve represented Fortune 500 companies and small, family-owned businesses—both as plaintiffs and defendants. I’ve also represented several individuals in pro bono matters ranging from criminal cases to family-law disputes.
I have represented clients in a variety of industries, including the credit-card industry, the food and wholesale-baking industries, manufacturing and outsourcing, hunting, and wholesale grocery sales.
As an example of the work I’ve done recently, I just finished second-chairing a jury trial in Federal Court in the Central District of Illinois. Our client coordinates the manufacture and distribution of Chinese-manufactured goods to customers throughout the world. We defended the client against 16 claims including breach of contract, breach of warranties, fraud, trademark infringement, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and patent infringement. We also brought a breach-of-contract counterclaim against the plaintiff. We won a motion to have the patent claims bifurcated and stayed while we tried the remaining claims. We then won summary judgment on all the trademark-related claims, which were dismissed with prejudice leaving only the contract and warranties claims and the fraud claim. We also won summary judgment on our breach-of-contract claim, with damages to be determined at trial. At trial, the plaintiff was seeking $1.5 million in lost profits plus punitive damages. After 5 days of trial, we settled all the claims at issue, with no money exchanged. We are in the process of litigating the patent claims now.
Earlier this spring, I helped settle a case for SuperValu in the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs asserted claims against SuperValu for antitrust, RICO, abuse of process, consumer fraud, and tortious interference. The plaintiffs initially requested $30 million to settle. Our team won a motion to dismiss every claim but the tortious-interference claim. Shortly after we won the motion to dismiss, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the remaining claim with prejudice for no money exchanged.
I also represented FICO as the plaintiff in a patent-infringement lawsuit involving fraud-detection technology used in the credit- and debit-card industries. The case settled favorably on a confidential basis just before the claim-construction hearing.