Overview

Lou’s clients look to him to counsel them and solve business problems, especially in dealer, distribution, and franchise law, prior to litigation. Lou’s experience as a first chair trial attorney in a variety of commercial disputes puts him in a prime position to resolve disputes successfully and finally whether through settlement, judgment, or appeal.

Lou is a commercial litigator and counselor who assists motor vehicle manufacturers and franchisors navigate a complex set of laws governing how they interact with their franchisees, dealers, or distributors. For more than 23 years, Lou has represented clients in manufacturer-dealer/distributor, franchisor-franchisee, real estate, construction, intellectual property, business tort, complex contract, trade secret, and restrictive covenant disputes. His practice includes all aspects of pre-litigation counseling and litigation. Having tried many matters before federal, state, and administrative bodies to verdict or judgment, Lou has extensive knowledge on how to resolve seemingly impossible hardships facing his clients because of legal and highly regulated environments. He provides pragmatic, business savvy advice and advocacy.

Lou consistently monitors and analyzes advancements facing the automotive and franchise industries, including electric vehicle technology and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and distribution models. He uses these insights and his experience to serve on the national Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Lawyers Committee, and he has been invited to speak on industry-related topics at the annual Global Automakers Franchise Law Summit (Global Automakers is now part of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation) and the International Franchise Association. Before practicing law, Lou spent nine years applying his business acumen with Fortune 500-company NCR Corporation by marketing and selling financial computer systems to major banks and financial institutions in the Midwest.

Credentials

Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Indiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT, J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, 1999
  • DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., with high honors, 1995
  • Purdue University, Krannert School of Management, B.S., with distinction, 1990

Experience

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Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2018-2024)
    • Franchise Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network (2023)
  • Pro Bono Partner of the Year, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2017)
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Organizations

  • Member, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentoring Program (2017-2020)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Member, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association Lawyers Committee (2009-Present)
  • Member, International Franchise Association, Legal Symposium Planning Task Force (2014-2015)
  • Member & Marketing Committee Chair, Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana (2008-2014)
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