American manufacturing is rebounding and we provide the legal services that enable this essential sector of the economy to access capital and leverage innovation. We offer a broad scope of legal services to manufacturers that adds up to this: we remove obstacles and assist you in taking advantage of opportunities as they arise. Sometimes that’s as simple as reviewing contracts to protect your interests, but we also counsel on the big issues, such as financing, regulatory hurdles, litigation, mergers and real estate acquisition and leasing. We help you secure and retain talent, from the C-suite to the factory floor and obtain the tax incentives that reward your investment and entrepreneurship. Just as it takes diverse talent to keep your business running and focused on opportunity, our multi-disciplined legal team provides the diverse resources necessary to address all of the legal issues you encounter.
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder, a manufacturer, in connection with coverage litigation related to a consumer class action pending and numerous national retailers in the State of Illinois. Dispute involved litigation with general liability carrier for manufacturer. The claims at issue exceed $1 million.
Represented chemical manufacturing company in pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by terminated employee. Following extensive discovery, filed a successful motion for summary judgment on all plaintiff’s claims. The court entered judgment in favor of the company, and ordered plaintiff to pay costs to the company.
Defeated certification of putative national consumer class action against carpet manufacturer involving claims of personal injury and violation of various state unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes (UDTPA) arising out of sale of new carpet that emitted allegedly harmful levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Defended termite service provider in state court actions in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina involving allegations of consumer fraud and violations of state consumer protection statutes. Successes include defeat on appeal of class certification in consumer class action asserting claims of consumer fraud and violations of Georgia Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Represented a manufacturer in a jury trial for a racial harassment claim in 2014. Obtained jury verdict in favor of defense.
Defense of pharmaceutical liability and medical device litigation involving contraceptives, medicines for treatment and prevention of bone loss, blood thinners, cholesterol reduction medicines, anti‐depressants, and latex gloves. Examples of experience include: obtaining orders excluding opposing expert opinions and granting summary judgment; development and coordination of expert witness testimony in Multi-District Litigation; serving on ...
Won motion to dismiss and defeated appeal over plaintiff’s attempt to negate a venue selection clause based on strong Illinois public policy.
Represented Mueller Water Products, Inc. in action against Singer Valve, Inc. and Singer Valve, LLC alleging patent infringement of Mueller’s patent for an apparatus for the enhancement of water quality in a subterranean pressurized water distribution system. Negotiated a favorable settlement with defendants. Mueller Water Products, Inc. v. Singer Valve, Inc. and Singer Valve, LLC.
Defended a Chinese manufacturer in a counterfeiting and trade dress claim. Client was awarded attorneys’ fees in excess of $300,000.
Represented plaintiff in suit arising out of cost overruns on $100 million boiler project due to faulty construction drawings. Interviewed witnesses, reviewed documents, drafted motions and briefs, successfully argued against motion for partial summary judgment, assisted at trial, co-wrote post-trial and appellate briefs. Verdict for client in the amount of more than $4.6 million. United States Curt of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed judgment and ...
Managed, as EMS Technologies, Inc. General Counsel, auction, due diligence and sale processes in completing sale of publicly-traded (Nasdaq) company in response to hedge-fund activist shareholder-initiated proxy contest. The transaction, which had a public tender offer price of approximately $500 million, added to the Honeywell aerospace and scanning and mobility businesses various EMS wireless communications business units serving the business ...
Won jury verdict for large privately held company in dispute over the terms and conditions of the lease for its corporate headquarters.
Represented Wellons Group, a manufacturer and operator of renewable energy co-generation systems using biomass as fuel. Wellons enters business relationships with industrial facilities with needs for steam and electricity usage whereby Wellons enters into leasing, financing, and power purchase agreements with those facility owners for purposes of Wellons’ establishment and operation of biomass-fuelled co-generation systems on the facility ...
Lead counsel in $500 million corporate acquisition involving two publicly traded manufacturers.
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- October 6, 2015
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Areas Of Focus
- Commercial Contracts and Transactions
- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
- Employment and Labor Relations
- Intellectual Property
- Lending and Corporate Finance
- Mergers and Acquisitions, including ESOP Transactions
- Non-profit Organization and Structuring
- Product Liability
- Real Estate Acquisition and Leasing
- Tax Credits and Special Incentives