Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice:
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013
Juris Doctor, John Marshall Law School, 2006
Master of Business Administration, University of Illinois, 1981
Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, University of Illinois, 1979
Professional and Bar Associations:
Illinois State Bar Association
Jeff, a Certified Public Accountant since 1979, received his undergraduate degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois in 1979. For over twenty years, he worked as a business/systems consultant for large public and private organizations in the United States and abroad. Jeff experienced the business world first-hand; working with his clients to address operational, accounting, and tax issues facing their businesses. In 1998 after finding himself enmeshed and frustrated by litigation to protect his investment in a small business, Jeff took charge of the litigation, in both the trial and appellate courts. In 2006, before his case could be resolved, Jeff graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Jeff’s business and technical experience has taught him to relate to the business/financial/technological context in which legal disputes originate. Jeff's personal litigation experience has taught him to empathize and truly care about the impact litigation has on his clients. Understanding the frustration clients face when dealing with the legal system, Jeff commits himself to ensuring that his clients are integrally involved in planning, preparing and ultimately achieving a satisfactory resolution.
Recent Representative Matters:
Major U.S. Bank v. Small Business and its Owner. Defended a small business and its majority shareholder from a lender's collection action following the lender's unilateral addition of an accelerated maturity date to the terms of the company's revolving line of credit and the company's subsequent default. Defendants counterclaimed for, among other things, breach of contract and fraud.
Condominium Association v. Condominium Owner. Represented a homeowners' association in litigation seeking a court-ordered sale of a member-owner's condominium.
Condominium Owner v. Condominium Association and Its Board President. Successfully defended a homeowners association and its board president from an action by a member-owner for, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty. The litigation resulted in an appeal, remand and subsequent settlement which is subject to a confidentiality agreement.
Home Buyer v. Home Seller. Represented residential home buyer in action against the seller for, among other things, fraud. The litigation resulted in a settlement which is subject to a confidentiality agreement.