Biography

My trial and litigation practice is concentrated in major commercial and civil cases.  Already early in my career I have successfully tried several matters - which is rare.  While I generally hope that my clients' matters are resolved quickly for the sake of efficiency, I am not opposed to trying a case if the opposing party is being unreasonable.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University, majoring in History and Law & Society. Thereafter, I attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and graduated in the top 5% of my class.  I reside in Northwest Indiana (where I grew up and returned) and on my free time, I can be found running, golfing, or out for a walk with my dogs in the Indiana Dunes.

Education

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • J.D., magna cum laude
    • Chicago-Kent Journal on Environmental & Energy Law, Editor-in-Chief
  • Purdue University
    • B.A., History and Law & Society

admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • Southern District of Indiana

Practice Areas

  • Breach of Contract
  • Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
  • Legal & Accounting Malpractice
  • Financial Fraud
  • Enforcement & Defense of Non-Compete Agreements
  • Enforcement & Defense of Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by Employees, Officers, and Directors
  • Trademark & Copyright Infringement
  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Emergency Business Litigation - TROs and Injunctions
  • Corporate Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Appeals

publications

  • Managing the Attorney Malpractice Case, IICLE (Forthcoming)
  • Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Accountant, Not Client, Is Holder of Privilege, ABA Section of Litigation Practice Points (Sept. 28, 2016)
  • Effectively Handling Experts, ABA Section of Litigation Practice Points (Sept. 28, 2016)
  • Internet Minimum Price Policies:  Why Manufacturers Should Be Wary When Implementing, 48 Suffolk U. Law Rev. 795 (2015)
  • Attorneys, the Internet, & Hate Speech:  An Argument For An Amended Model Rule 8.4, 13 Seattle J. for Social Justice 65 (2014)

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Technique and Skills, CBA YLS Tort Seminar (Nov. 2017) (Moderator)
  • Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession (2016)

Honors

  • Superlawyers Rising Star (Business Litigation & Professional Responsibility) - 2017, 2018
  • Emerging Lawyer's - 2018
  • Avvo - 10.0 Rating

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Professional Services Liability Litigation Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • YLS Tort Litigation Committee, Chair (Present)
    • YLS Tort Litigation Committee, Vice-Chair (2016-Present)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Auxiliary Board of Directors

Interests

  • Favorite Movie:  Forrest Gump
  • Vacation:  Tel Aviv
  • Hobbies:  Running, Golfing, and Squash
  • Favorite Places in Chicago:  
    • Lincoln Park
    • Cultural Center
    • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Fictional Book:  Kane & Abel by Jeffery Archer
  • Non-Fictional Book:  The Nine

 

I’m glad we had Alex. He made this as enjoyable as it could be given the circumstances.
— Former Client Involved in a Shareholder Dispute