Business Litigation

The litigation attorneys at Roeser Tanner & Graham have extensive experience handling clients’ most sophisticated and multifaceted litigation matters. Our litigators are members of the trial bar for the Northern District of Illinois and each has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers® and other peer review organizations. Our litigators cut their teeth at preeminent litigation firms and the Department of Justice, have litigated cases throughout the country, and are dedicated to providing each client with exceptional professional and personal service.

Our approach to litigation is simple. From the outset of every engagement, regardless of size or complexity, we target the most efficient and effective strategy for success by aligning legal strategy with our clients’ broader business objectives. Some may involve early resolution through alternative dispute resolution or settlement. Others, litigation through trial and beyond. In either case, we believe our proven record of obtaining favorable results for our clients speaks for itself. Examples of the results we have obtained for our clients in different types of cases include:

Following a two-week jury trial that legal commentators described as “the first of its kind,” our attorneys obtained a verdict and post-judgment ruling on behalf of our Fortune 100 client, defeating a multi-million dollar claim based on alleged violations of the Maryland and California statutes regulating commercial email statutes. The case was reported in THE WASHINGTON POST and LAW 360. (D. Md.)

RTG attorneys defeated a class action claim against our client, a large California-based consulting company, pursued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 22 claimants alleging race and national origin discrimination. Not only did we prevail on all claims, the EEOC was ordered to pay our client’s attorneys’ fees on claims it pursued that were deemed to be frivolous by the court. The case was reported in THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. (N.D. Ill.)

Financial Services
We defeated Merrill Lynch after it sued a former employee of the Merrill Lynch Private Bank and Investment Group for almost a million dollars on an allegedly unpaid promissory note. The FINRA arbitration panel not only dismissed Merrill Lynch’s claims, it found in favor of our client on his counterclaims for damages against the company. The case was reported in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE. (FINRA 2013.)

Partnership Disputes
We successfully defended the president of a small technology company against a derivative action seeking to force the sale of his ownership interest in the company under the “high noon” provisions of the parties’ operating agreement. Through a series of strategic moves, including an early motion for summary judgment prior to discovery, RTG lawyers were able to quickly end the litigation by obtaining a ruling on the central issue in the case in our client’s favor.

While representing a general contractor in a construction dispute, our attorneys were able to force a settlement for 100% of our client’s demand on the eve of trial, obtaining full relief for our client and avoiding the expense of trial. (Ill. Arbitration)

Emergency Litigation / TROs
We have extensive experience representing businesses, officers, directors, and other individuals involved in emergency litigation and claims for injunctive relief. We have successfully represented clients on claims for trade secret misappropriation, breach of noncompete and nondisclosure provisions, and other matters requesting injunctive relief.