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We have represented hundreds of employees in employment contract disputes and our firm regularly litigates these disputes in court and before arbitration panels.   We frequently litigate claims for wages, bonuses, oral contracts, and commissions disputes.  Some examples include:

 

  • Defended a former employee of a fortune 100 financial company who was sued after he and several people he supervised went to work for a competitor. The lawsuit alleged that our client had stolen trade secrets by taking electronic files, breached his fiduciary duty by soliciting other employees to leave, and violated a non-solicitation contract. We achieved a favorable resolution for our client within 8 months of when the lawsuit was filed.
  • Our client, a former senior sales representative of a  large publicly traded Swiss medical device manufacturer, prevailed in a temporary restraining order hearing before Judge Tharpe in Chicago federal court.   The company alleged that our client violated his non-solicitation agreement by working (on behalf of competitors) with surgeons and sought to restrain him from doing so on an emergency basis.  The lawsuit alleged breach of an employment contract, violation of federal and state trade secret laws, and sought emergency injunction relief.  We obtained a resolution of this case in about 2 weeks.
  • Represented the former president of a Chicago-area college who alleged she was terminated in violation of her contract and in retaliation for making complaints about public health and safety matters. Lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois. Confidential Settlement reached.
  • Defended medical practice and its physician owner against a psychologist claiming nearly $1 million in damages, interest and fees pursuant to an “Employment Agreement” and under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.  We obtained summary judgment on all claims in favor of our client.  (Federal Court, Chicago, Illinois)  Click here for ruling.
  • Defended international company sued by former consultant who alleged his stock option rights were violated; (Cook County, Illinois).
  • Defended international franchisor against claims by a former employee/consultant before the American Arbitration Association who alleged he was owned commissions for procuring sales.   Case went to final decision and claimant obtained less that what he was offered in pre-filing negotiations.
  • Defended a former employee of an Illinois based bank who was sued after it was alleged that he was a loan officer who violated his employment contract and misappropriated bank assets and committed violations of the Illinois Trade Secrets Act. All claims against our client were voluntarily dismissed.  (Cook County, Illinois)
  • Defended a former worker at a construction company who was accused of embezzlement of funds by his own brother, along with other claims.  We successfully obtained dismissal of each of the company’s claims and our client did not have to pay any money to resolve the case.   (DuPage County, Illinois)
  • Represented  financial industry professional who was terminated after complaining about compensation to his Oak Brook, Illinois company. We filed complaints with NLRB and the American Arbitration Association.  The NLRB issued a formal complaint seeking reinstatement and damages.  On the eve of the arbitration hearing seeking money owed under his Illinois noncompete agreement, the case settled.
  • We, along with co-counsel, represented the founder and former officer of a company who was sued for misappropriating trade secrets, violating an agreement to not compete after a buy-out, and allegedly utilizing confidential information. The company sought a preliminary injunction and damages.  A hearing/trial was heard before American Arbitration Association and our client prevailed.
  • Defended former sales manager of national entertainment company sued for going to a competitor and accused of violating trade secret laws, defamation, and engaging in a conspiracy to take customers and business away from his prior employer and to his new job.  Our client’s motion to dismiss on the basis of jurisdiction granted; our client was dismissed and case remained against other parties.  (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Defended an employee of an Illinois-based company who was sued for working for his prior employer’s competitor since he signed a non-compete agreement, the lawsuit alleged he  violated his contractual obligations and committed trade secret violations.   Case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.  (Chicago, Illinois)  For ruling concerning this Illinois trade secrets and non-compete lawsuit in Chicago, click here.
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