Darrell J. Graham


Darrell Graham is the trial lawyer companies and individuals turn to when confronted with complex litigation.

He has developed an extensive practice in handling employment disputes, including non-compete agreements, trade secret matters and issues of employee raiding, as well as general contract and commercial disputes with stakes ranging from $150,000 into the millions.

Additionally, he represents clients in condominium disputes regarding breach of fiduciary duty and fund mismanagement.

In the COVID era, Darrell has been advising businesses on insurance coverage, including navigating business disruption claims and litigating commercial disputes arising from COVID closure business disruptions.

He honed his trial skills at the international law firm of Perkins Coie and before that, as a principal with the complex commercial litigation boutique Grippo & Elden LLC in Chicago.

As a member of the Illinois Trial Bar, Darrell has represented a wide range of clients in trials, arbitrations and mediations, typically taking one or two cases to trial each year.

He has also represented clients on appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Tenth and Eighth Circuits. During the course of his career, Darrell has represented such well-known companies as the Tribune Company, WGN Television, American Express Bank, Hyatt Corporation, Kraft Foods Inc., AON Corporation and CNA Insurance Company.

Darrell understands that litigation can be expensive and disruptive to every aspect of business and life. He approaches every case with an understanding and sensitivity to the economic realities of the situation and prides himself on providing every client with value-oriented results.

University of Michigan (1981) with an AB (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics and Political Science.
University of Michigan Law School (1985)

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Financial Services Disputes
Consumer Fraud
Construction Litigation
Franchise Litigation
Internet Advertising Compliance
Employment Law
Insurance Coverage

Prior Law Firms
Perkins Coie, Counsel
Grippo & Elden, Principal
Law Office of Darrell J. Graham, Principal

Bar Admissions
State of Illinois
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Representative Cases

  • Tribune Company: Multiple antitrust matters involving distribution agreements; personal injury matters.
  • WGN Television: Antitrust litigation involving the right to televise Chicago Bulls basketball games on WGN in contravention of NBA rules; other commercial litigation matters.
  • American Express Bank: Class action defense of currency conversion.
  • Hyatt Corporation: Multiple commercial litigation matters.
  • CNA Insurance Company: Commercial fraud and ERISA cases involving the theft of $18 million in pension funds.
  • AON Corporation: Litigation over violation of non-competition clauses.
  • Kraft Foods, Inc.: Multiple litigation matters involving internet advertising, commercial bribery, and breach of contract.
  • Buy.com: Litigation over the collection of sales tax in Illinois.
  • Franchise Litigation: Represented Fortune 500 franchise company in national dealer network litigation.
  • Construction Litigation and Property Development: Represented multiple clients, both builders and developers, in litigation over commercial and residential property development.
  • Intellectual Property Litigation: Represented multiple clients in litigation involving software development, licensing, copyright and trade secret issues.
  • Financial Services Litigation: Represented clients in broker-dealer arbitrations and in disputes with various exchanges.
  • Advertising Litigation: Represented clients sued by recipients of fax and email advertisements under Federal and State laws governing fax and email advertising, including the CAN-SPAM and Telephone Consumer Protection (TCPA) Acts.
  • Estate Disputes: Represented clients in trust and estate litigation.