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The attorneys of Tomlinson & Shapiro are experienced in handling a wide range of business litigation, transactional, intellectual property, and securities matters.

Our attorneys’ recent litigation and dispute resolution matters include the following: 

  • Obtained favorable pre-litigation settlement for a client in a contract dispute involving financing and crypto-currencies. (2021)
  • Settled a breach of contract case on behalf of plaintiff pending in federal court arising out of an asset purchase agreement. (2021)
  • Successfully negotiated the exit of a chief financial officer who threatened to hold the company’s financial and accounting systems hostage. Those systems were secured by agreement after the firm prepared papers seeking a temporary restraining order.  (2021)
  • Won a bench trial in DuPage County on behalf of a technology company defending against claims by a former executive that he owned 33% of the that company. The chancery judge concluded that the executive did not hold any ownership stake.  (2020)
  • Settled breach of contract and fraud claims on behalf of a plaintiff related to the sale of interrelated businesses. This settlement also resolved counterclaims filed against the plaintiff.  This case and settlement were made possible through the use of litigation financing.  (2020)
  • Won temporary restraining order in federal court to freeze bank accounts on behalf of a client that was the victim of an e-mail hack and potential bank fraud. The court granted the injunction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  (2020)
  • Successfully settled fraud claims on behalf of a plaintiff related to an earnout provision in an asset purchase agreement. The case was settled after being filed in federal court and surviving a motion to dismiss.  (2020)
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of family-owned business that was threatened by a former executive who claimed to own all of the stock in the corporation. The court concluded that the stock had never been transferred and remained with the family that founded the company over 100 years ago.  (2019)
  • Won trial on behalf of creditor seeking to have fraud claims against a bankrupt individual found non-dischargeable. In re Grady, 607 B.R. 659 (Bankr. C.D. Ill. 2019)
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a breach of contract case claiming in excess of $1 million in damages brought by a large retailer against the firm’s printing company client.  (2018)
  • Obtained dismissal of children’s learning facility from Illinois Department of Human Rights investigation with respect to claims by former employee seeking $1 million. (2018)
  • Obtained FINRA arbitration award of expungement of a customer allegation from broker-dealer client’s FINRA record. (2018)
  • Obtained six-figure judgment for credit card company in breach of contract claim against seller of accounts who later tried to interfere with and take back the accounts sold to the company.  (2018)
  • Won reversal of a judgment exceeding $10 million in a False Claims Act case brought by the federal government. United States v. Luce, 873 F.3d 999 (7th Cir. 2017).
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal case for company client against employee bringing claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. (2017)
  • Obtained preliminary injunction, pre-judgment asset freeze, and judgment of more than $2 million for company client against employee who falsified wire instructions to fraudulently obtain funds from the company’s customers. The case also resulted in a federal criminal investigation and conviction. (2017)
  • Won over $17 million for clients following a federal jury trial on claims for tortious interference with contract, civil conspiracy, and unjust enrichment arising out of a security interest. The verdict was affirmed on appeal. Sirazi v. General Mediterranean Holding, SA, 826 F.3d 920 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • Won reversal of a $2.7 million judgment against clients in a case involving claims of negligent misrepresentation by a children’s furniture manufacturer through, among other things, successfully arguing the application of the economic loss doctrine. JMB Mfg. v. Child Craft, LLC, 799 F.3d 780 (7th Cir. 2015)
  • Won summary judgment for client hospital and medical facilities operator against developer that brought claims for breach of contract for lost profits with respect to multi-million-dollar medical facility development. The district court also dismissed the developer’s claim for breach of the duty to negotiate in good faith.  The Seventh Circuit affirmed the judgment and dismissal on appeal.  Citadel Grp. v. Wash. Reg’l Med. Ctr., 692 F.3d 580 (7th Cir. 2012)
  • Secured a statutory pre-judgment attachment of a bank account and won summary judgment on a $20 million breach of contract action on behalf a bank defrauded by a commercial borrower. The case also resulted in a criminal investigation and conviction. (2008)
  • Secured a reversal of order of removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals on behalf of HIV-positive individual facing deportation to Nigeria.  Bosede v. Mukasey, 512 F.3d 946 (7th Cir. 2008)
  • Regularly represent waste hauling and other companies in administrative proceedings before the City of Chicago and other municipalities.

Our attorneys routinely handle a wide range of counselling and transactions matters for our clients.  Several recent examples include the following: 

  • Counseled company client regarding and closed acquisition of interest in another company in audio-visual industry. (2021)
  • Counseled company regarding and closed asset sale of a business in the event planning industry. (2020)
  • Counseled client regarding and closed buyout of deceased shareholder’s shares in corporation. (2020/2021)
  • Counseled client regarding and closed management buyout of existing shareholder. (2020)
  • Counseled company client regarding and closed acquisition of interest in a technology business and formation of foreign subsidiary. (2019)
  • Regularly counsel clients regarding and negotiate asset purchases, stock purchases, and other transactions.
  • Regularly counsel businesses on non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants.
  • Provide advice to a large waste hauling company regarding state and municipal legal issues impacting its business.
  • Advised clients on the application of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
  • Outside general counsel to several businesses ranging from large manufacturing and technology companies to startups.
  • Conducted a corporate internal investigation resulting in a judgment against an accounting manager who stole over $2,000,000. The case also resulted in a criminal investigation and conviction.