My clients call on me to protect their rights and interests under some of the most stressful and challenging circumstances they face. That demands a thorough understanding of those clients – their personalities, characters, needs, wants and concerns.
As a general litigator and trial lawyer, my clients call on me to protect their rights and interests under some of the most stressful and challenging circumstances they face. While decades of litigation experience is essential to that task, so is a thorough understanding of those clients – their personalities, characters, needs, wants and concerns.
I start by asking my clients two questions that were suggested to me by my first and finest mentor, the late U.S. District Judge George Leighton: “Can you afford to lose?” and “Can you afford to win?” Based on the client’s answers to those two threshold questions, we cooperatively craft a strategy and develop a cost-benefit analysis for the case that enables the client to make well-informed decisions about the most effective course of litigating or settling the matter.
I have employed that process in representing a wide range of clients – including individuals, small to mid-size businesses and the people who own and run them, and those in specialized and highly-regulated industries such as commodities and securities brokers – on an equally wide range of matters. I’ve helped them resolve complex commercial disputes at both the trial and appeal levels involving:
In addition to serving as lead counsel in litigation around the country, I also play that same role in arbitrations and mediations. And for those clients not large enough to have an in-house legal staff or general counsel, I serve in that capacity as well.
My life outside the office is a series of failed attempts to kick a lifelong government and politics habit that first manifested itself in door-to-door campaigning for JFK. More recently it took the form of service on the Park Ridge Park District Board (1997-2005) and on the Park Ridge Library Board (2011-2017). And from 1991 through 2006 I also coached youth sports with varying degrees of success.