Claudia M. Rustad

Principal

Claudia Rustad is a legal advisor, trial lawyer and principal of Roeser Tanner & Graham. She has more than 20 years of combined outside and in-house counsel commercial litigation experience representing businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals in state and federal proceedings, arbitrations and mediations throughout the country. Most recently, Claudia spent nearly seven years managing all corporate litigation for an S&P 500 company, including managing compliance, regulatory and employment matters.

Claudia provides outside general counsel services. She ensures that her clients have practical, strategic and cost-effective advice based on the business and its unique needs and risks when handling legal issues. She advises clients on commercial contracts, officer or director fiduciary duty obligations, litigation management, corporate governance, compliance and risk management. Additionally, Claudia regularly provides counsel on employment matters such as hiring, employee handbooks, performance counseling, termination, reduction in force and required trainings. She also advises and updates executives and boards.

On the litigation side, Claudia has successfully defended and prosecuted cases involving breaches of contract, real estate disputes, employment disputes, non-compete and other restrictive covenant provisions, fiduciary duty, professional duty, collection, fraud and post-merger disputes.

Prior to her public company in-house role, Claudia was a trial lawyer in the commercial litigation department of Grippo & Elden LLC, a nationally renowned litigation boutique, where she successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Claudia currently serves as a member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.

Education
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1999)
University of Illinois (B.A., 1996)

Practice Areas
Business Litigation
Employment Litigation and Consulting
Real Estate
Professional Liability

Prior Law Firms
Grippo & Elden, Principal

Bar Admissions
State of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Honors and Awards
Member of the Leading Lawyer’s Network

Representative Cases

• Partnership and Joint Venture Disputes – Successfully defended Managing Member in a fiduciary duty breach dispute in California state and federal court.

• Post-Merger Disputes – Successfully and expeditiously settled financial misrepresentation fraud claim pre-litigation resulting in a multi-million settlement.

• Employment Discrimination Litigation Claims – Successfully defended corporate employer against race, age and gender discrimination claims before the EEOC and in federal court; Favorably settled California wage and hour class actions and PAGA claims.

• Officers, Directors and Executives – Counsels high level officers, directors, executives and employees on corporate and personal legal matters including fiduciary obligations, severance agreements and non-compete agreements.

• Restrictive Covenants and Other Post-Employment Disputes – Successfully represented businesses in cases involving employee corporate raiding and other post-employment matters.

• Consumer Class Actions – Early resolution of California consumer class actions and PAGA claims.
Professional Liability – Both defended and pursued legal and accounting malpractice cases in arbitration and court.