Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Attorney
General Counsel - Litigation
Jan 2015 - Present
Hired by internationally recognized brand (textile manufacturer) to complete, as lead trial counsel, two pending inter-related complex commercial litigation matters. Achieved summary judgment in client's favor in one matter; negotiated (eve of trial) highly favorable settlement in second matter.
Elle Law Group LLC
Feb 2012 - Jan 2015
Co-founded boutique litigation firm in 2012. First-chaired approximately 90 active cases in fast-paced environment. Favorably negotiated 60 pending cases; co-tried and won 5-day jury trial; successfully handled (first chair) 9 bench trials.
Stahl Cowen Crowley & Addis, LLC
Apr 2009 - Feb 2012
Managed and conducted all phases of commercial litigation practice. Representative success: Co-tried and won 5-day jury trial on client’s breach of contract counterclaim; won subsequent 5-day bench trial in same case by defeating all of plaintiff’s claims for injunctive relief and obtaining award for attorney’s fees.
Holland & Knight, LLP
Jul 2004 - Mar 2009
Managed and conducted all phases of commercial litigation practice. Representative success: Won summary judgment motion and appeal resulting in $11 million judgment for client hospital in insurance coverage dispute.
City of Chicago Law Department
Assistant Corporation Counsel
Aug 2003 - Jun 2004
Successfully transferred commercial litigation skill set to manage and conduct all phases of high exposure wrongful death defense practice. Selected by Division Chief to try multi-million dollar wrongful death case arising out of alleged paramedic malpractice; co-authored motion in limine that resulted in directed verdict for the City.
Holland & Knight
Feb 1993 - Jul 2003
Offered partnership in 2000 at McBride Baker & Coles, which merged with Holland & Knight LLP in 2002.