Chicago Business Litigation Lawyers

Experienced Chicago Commercial Dispute Attorneys Advocating for Your Interests

NEXTLAW Referral Network Many companies must deal with litigation at some point in the course of their operations, and each year billions of dollars are won and lost in business disputes. The owners of a small family-owned company may disagree on its objectives, two corporations may clash over the interpretation of a contract, or one entity may file unfair competition claims against another. In any of these situations, legal action may be necessary to make sure your livelihood is protected. The knowledgeable business litigation lawyers at Lubin Austermuehle, P.C. can guide clients in the Chicago area and across the Mid-West region through all types of business disputes. Our firm is dedicated to providing aggressive and zealous representation throughout the duration of your legal matter. We assist business owners and professionals who are pursuing action against wrongdoers or defending legal suits that threaten their company’s future. Our Chicago business attorneys know what is at stake during litigation, and we pursue favorable resolutions while trying to avoid excessive costs.

Protecting Your Rights During Internal Disputes

The non-compete lawyers at Lubin Austermuehle, P.C. handle all types of internal disputes that may take shape during the course of a company’s formation, management, or dissolution. When it comes to managing a family business, for example, complications may arise that are perhaps unforeseeable. For instance, when spouses who co-own a company decide to divorce, the entity’s value as well as who retains ownership and managing responsibilities must be determined either through negotiations leading to an agreement or by a judge in court.

Internal conflicts may occur if there has been a breach of fiduciary duty or breaches of non-compete clauses. Fiduciary duties include duties of loyalty, care, disclosure, or confidentiality that an individual owes to another individual or business. Directors, executives, and owners may owe each other or the company these duties, depending on their relationships and roles within a business. Partners operating a business owe each other a duty of loyalty as well as to act in good faith and fair dealings. Additionally, board directors of corporations are prohibited from putting themselves in positions whereby their individual interests conflict with those of the company, and they may not use their status for personal gain. If a breach occurs or is alleged to have occurred, the result is usually complex litigation. Shareholders may file derivative actions on behalf of a company in order to hold directors liable for breaching their fiduciary duties. These suits can result in in forfeitures of salaries incurred during a breach, recovery of stock values, and in rare instances punitive damages if a defendant’s actions are found to be particularly egregious.

Non-compete agreements are often necessary to ensure companies are protected. Breaches of these agreements are among the most common sources of business litigation. Non-compete clauses may be used to prevent employees from using client lists for their own interests following termination, or they may be included in a sales contract to prevent a seller from engaging in the same industry as the business being sold. Our business attorneys can help Chicago clients navigate disputes related to these agreements.

Legal Conflicts with Parties Outside Your Entity

Often, protecting your company means pursuing litigation to preserve your rights or property in addition to defending your business against outside threats. Many disputes result from a party’s alleged failure to uphold its obligations under an agreement. Breach of contract claims may be based on misinterpretations of a contract’s terms and conditions, issues concerning an offer or acceptance, or claims alleging fraud or coercion in entering into an agreement. With the many types of breach of contract suits, which can involve owners, vendors, or customers, come different forms of recovery. If a plaintiff proves that a contract has been breached, a defendant may be subject to enforcement of a contract’s term, cancelation of a contract, or other damages. Consequential damages may also be awarded. These are calculated in terms of losses to future business or harm to an entity’s reputation.

Businesses must also protect their interests by trying to hold their competitors accountable if they engage in improper practices. Unfair competition claims may arise from actions by another party that either intentionally aim to confuse consumers regarding the source of a product or service, such as trademark and copyright infringement, or qualify as deceptive business practices, which may include tortious interference with contractual rights or prospective business opportunities and trade secret theft. To show interference with contractual relations, a plaintiff must prove the existence of a protectable contract right and an intentional interference with that right that caused economic loss.

Consult a Business Lawyer in the Chicago Area for Guidance Regarding a Corporate Dispute

At Lubin Austermuehle, P.C., we have decades of experience representing companies with all types of business and commercial disputes. Among other matters, our firm handles shareholder, member, or partner freeze-out claims, stolen corporate opportunity cases, excessive compensation claims, UCC litigation, and trade defamation actions. We can also represent business owners and professionals in issues involving business operations, employment, real estate transactions, taxes, and matters regarding bankruptcy.

The scope and quality of our services are reflected by the variety of well-established and complex business entities we represent. Clients we have represented or continue to represent include: Experian, Molex, Leslie Hindman Auctions, Aspen Marketing Services, Inc., DiMucci Family Corporations, Simplot Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, Fontanini Italian Meats, Flynn Beverage Corporation, Concord Homes, Lexington Homes, Dean Foods Corporation, Berthold Types, Motorola Mobile Management Co., Tulip Food Company, Converged Communications Systems, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Lectura Montessori School, Inc., Bleuchip International, Inc., CI Financial Corp, Bob Rohrman Auto Group, and Epsilon.

Our Chicago business lawyers work hard to protect the rights of our clients in business disputes and many other forms of litigation. We represent entities throughout Illinois, including in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, and Will Counties. Our firm also serves businesses in other states throughout the Mid-West region, such as Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. If you need assistance with a commercial litigation matter, contact us online or by phone at 833-306-4933 or 630-333-0333 to schedule an appointment.

Client Reviews
"I was referred to Peter Lubin from someone in the car business to handle a law suit. From the moment I made the appointment Peter and his staff were outstanding. This wasn't an easy case, most lawyers had turned me down. However, Peter took the time to meet with me and review everything. He took on the case, and constantly communicated with me about updates and case information. We beat this non-compete agreement case in record time. I would use him again and recommend him to my closest family and friends. 5 stars is not enough to thank him for his service." Sebastian R.
"I worked on two occasions with Peter Lubin and his staff. They took their time with me and discussed each and every item in detail. The group makes you feel like you are part of the family and not just another hourly charge. I recommend Peter to anyone who asks me for a referral. If you are looking for a top notch attorney at a reasonable rate, look no further than Lubin Austermuehle." Kurt A.
"Excellent law firm. My case was a complicated arbitration dispute from another state. Was handled with utmost professionalism and decency. Mr. Peter Lubin was able to successfully resolve the case on my behalf and got me a very favorable settlement. Would recommend to anyone looking for a serious law firm. Great staff and great lawyers!" Albey L.
"I have known Peter Lubin for over 30 years. He has represented me on occasion with sound legal advice. He is a shrewd and tough negotiator leading to positive outcomes and averting prolonged legal hassles in court. He comes from a family with a legal pedigree and deep roots in Chicago's top legal community. You want him on your case. You need him on your opponents case. He won't stop fighting until he wins." Christopher G.
"Peter and his team helped us with an auto fraud case. They communicated well (timely and very responsive), investigated deeply, and negotiated a very good settlement. We were able to resolve our significant issue without a large burden and in a manner that allowed for us to come out ahead. I'd recommend Peter and his team strongly!" R.J. Callahan
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Our Clients Have Included
  • Experian
  • Motorola
  • Molex
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Aspen Marketing
  • Blue Chip International
  • Epsilon
  • Lexington Homes
  • Simplo
  • The Silverlining
  • CI Financial
  • Converged Systems
  • Sentry
  • Ofer Mizrahi Diamonds Inc.
Companies We Have Brought Suit Against
  • Adelphia
  • AT&T
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • General Motors Company
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Credit
  • US Bank
  • Groupon
  • Hollister
  • Hilton Hotels Corporation
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