Barack Ferrazzano has been selected by some of the world’s most prominent companies to represent them in their most significant legal disputes. We believe that is because the firm has assembled a group of highly skilled trial lawyers – seasoned partners and well-trained associates – who represent clients both forcefully and efficiently. Unlike some litigators who spend years engaging in expensive discovery only to recommend settlement on the eve of trial, we are always ready to try cases when necessary, but resolve them early and economically when appropriate.Barack Ferrazzano trial lawyers have handled a variety of cases, including disputes concerning:
- Securities and derivative securities
- Motor vehicle franchises
- Trade secrets
- Consumer class actions
- Real estate
- Professional liability
- Civil RICO and conspiracy actions
- Director and officer matters
- Negligence and product liability
- Bankruptcy and creditors' rights
- Bank regulatory and other financial-related matters
Our litigators have extensive experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States, on both the trial and appellate levels. We understand that we are asked to help resolve business problems, and we recognize that a trial is only one potential solution.
Because our clients' success often rests on our ability to design thoughtful, cost-effective solutions to complex scenarios, a significant part of our time is focused on strategic counseling and alternative dispute resolution.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Members of the litigation group are experienced in a broad range of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediations, binding and non-binding arbitrations, mini-trials and settlement trials with floors and caps. Many members of the group also sharpen their skills and widen their perspectives by serving as arbitrators and mediators.
The litigation group also has extensive experience in strategic counseling designed to minimize the likelihood of litigation or reduce the exposure to litigation when potential problems arise. For engagements requiring certain legal or industry specialization, we assemble strong interdisciplinary teams designed to leverage the talents of attorneys in other practice areas. Barack Ferrazzano's litigation group is often involved in complex corporate and real estate disputes that benefit from the comprehensive experience of our corporate, real estate and bankruptcy attorneys. Such a cross-functional approach has proved successful in resolving controversies ranging from dissenting shareholders' rights disputes to take-over litigation.
The firm's efficient structure and staffing philosophy allow us to craft efficient teams designed to bring the strongest talent possible to every challenge. A litigation team is assembled for each assignment based on the skill and style required for that engagement.
The members of the litigation group are frequent speakers and authors on commercial litigation topics and regularly serve as instructors at educational programs sponsored by continuing legal education associations and various trade groups. As a result of extensive trial experience, our attorneys are familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of many of the nation's leading experts in various specialties.
In a decision rendered by United States District Court of Arizona on July 9, 2010, obtained summary judgment in defense of a multi-million dollar aiding and abetting claim against an auto client.
Represented several financial institutions in numerous lawsuits over failed real estate projects.
Represented Motiva Enterprises (a joint venture of Shell and Saudi Aramco) in three consolidated actions brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging Sherman Act violations in the refined petroleum products market.
Represented third-party defendant in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in suit claiming fraud in connection with failed asset-backed securities and seeking over $100 million in damages.
Represented Illinois Gaming Board as Special Assistant Attorney General in license revocation proceedings arising out of alleged misrepresentation to Board in casino license application relating to organized crime infiltration.
In a decision rendered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on June 22, 2010, obtained dismissal of a federal RICO suit against a bank client.
Represented hotel group in action in the Circuit Court of Coles County, Illinois to invalidate tax increment financing ordinances adopted to fund a $50 million convention center project.
The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s order in Merdinger v. The John Buck Company, et al. imposing more than $75,000 in sanctions against plaintiff Greg Merdinger for bringing a frivolous lawsuit against defendant David Anderson. In granting Mr. Anderson’s motion for sanctions, the trial court agreed that the plaintiff had no basis for naming Mr. Anderson as a defendant, and dismissed the case against Mr. Anderson with prejudice.
Represented investment firm in litigation over failed merger agreement.
Represented international beverage company in arbitration arising from acquisition of vodka distributor.
Represented financial institution that acquired assets of failed bank in litigation regarding alleged fraud in the sale of bank assets.
Represented high speed traders in several disputes over non-compete agreements.
Represented real estate developer in various partnership disputes.
Represented receiver in claim brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the directors and officers of AA Capital Partners, Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor, in a $60 million claim for violations of ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and conversion arising out of alleged misappropriation and misuse of investor funds.
Represented public REIT in lawsuit seeking approximately $2 million in damages arising out of disposition of properties in Princeton, New Jersey.
In September 2013, obtained a jury verdict in favor of Quad City Bank & Trust in Dubuque County, Iowa. Quad City Bank & Trust v. Elderkin & Pirnie. The suit involved the Bank's claim for legal malpractice. The verdict was upheld on appeal.
Represented hedge fund in litigation with a broker-dealer in the Supreme Court of New York, involving claims and counterclaims in excess of $100 million.
Represented Shell in consumer class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging oligopolistic control over prices in retail gasoline market.
Represented LVMH in consumer class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, asserting fraud, negligence, and product liability claims arising from alleged presence of lead in lipstick.
Represented public REIT in action seeking approximately $10 million in connection with the disposition of alleged VMS assets.
Represented defendant in class action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Represented Plaintiff in claim brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging that the Defendants’ receipt of notices of intent to revoke permits from state regulators with respect to its licenses to operate three assisted living facilities in Georgia and Alabama violated a lease agreement with Plaintiff. On June 15, 2012, the matter was resolved with the Defendants’ agreement to pay $97 million for the properties at issue, $3 million for a litigation settlement fee and agreement to pay all of Plaintiff’s fees and costs associated with the lawsuit.
Represented Sprint in consumer class action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, demanding software upgrades to resolve dropped call issues.
In an opinion issued by the Illinois Supreme Court on September 23, 2010, won a multi-million dollar judgment in favor of a bank against an insurance company.
Represented Fortune 500 food manufacturer in class action and individual wrongful death litigation arising from food contamination.
- 11/1/2017 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- 9/25/2017 – Press Release
- 7/27/2017 – Above the Law
- Barack Ferrazzano Congratulates Partners Nicholas Callahan, Joshua Mahoney & Jessica Heckinger Nowak1/2017
- Rob Shapiro Discusses Supreme Court Rulings on Social Media Threats & More on CLTV's Politics Tonight6/4/2015
- 7/1/2014 – TCW
- 8/9/2012 – Chicago Sun-Times
- Summer 2012
- 1/2010 – Law & Politics Magazine
- 4/19/2017 – (Chicago, IL)
- 9/26/2017 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- 8/1/2017 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- 8/1/2017 – Volume 43, Litigation, No. 4
- 12/1/2016 – Volume 43, Litigation, No. 1
- 6/10/2016 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- 12/2013 – Valuation
- Spring 2013 – Franchise Law Journal
- 5/17/2013 – Southtown Star
- 4/2013 – Chicago Lawyer Magazine
- Co-Author, "Rights, Legal Remedies, and Calculating Damages for Breach of Contract," Chapter 13, IICLE Contract Law, (2006, 2008, 2013)1/30/2013
- 11/2012 – Chicago Lawyer Magazine
- Client Alert: New York Plaintiffs’ Firm Sues Illinois Banks For Overdraft Fees & Transaction Reordering10/1/2012
- 9/2012 – Chicago Lawyer Magazine
- 11/2008 – Chicago Lawyer
- 6/2008 – Chicago Lawyer
- 12/2007 – Chicago Lawyer