News + Events

  • Bryce Budin, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has joined the firm as a litigation partner.
  • Chapman Spingola IP litigation team recently obtained judgment for Tulsa-based investors following a three-day bench trial and substantial post-trial briefing and argument before the Delaware Court of Chancery. The court found that the investors’ general partner had conspired with a longtime friend to fraudulently transfer all of the business’s assets away from the business and the investors. The court entered judgment against the defendants for breach of fiduciary duty and for aiding and abetting those breaches. The court also avoided all of the fraudulent transfers and, over the general partner’s objections, appointed a liquidating trustee to liquidate the business.
  • Chapman Spingola’s Senior Trial Counsel James P. Chapman has been engaged by the Federal District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois to advise attorneys the Court appoints to represent prisoners in their civil rights cases.
  • Peter Spingola and Michael Fatall made a presentation to a local manufacturing company regarding key intellectual property issues for businesses to consider.
  • Bob Chapman and Sara Siegall won summary judgment on behalf of their client, an insurance broker sued for violating restrictive covenants in his employment agreement. Following briefing and oral argument, the trial court ruled that the restrictive covenants were unenforceable as a matter of law and not subject to judicial modification.
  • Michael Fatall recently completed two software license, development and services transactions on behalf of global client providing financial services-based software and services solutions, each with a value to the client of over $1 million.
  • Bob Chapman and Shannon Knight prevailed in an appeal in which the defendant-appellant argued that the trial court erred in finding that the defendant had defrauded his real estate investment partner by retaining for himself a valuable parcel of land that was to be acquired by the partnership. Following substantial briefing, the Appeal Court affirmed the trial court’s judgment in total, including an award of $382,000 in actual damages and $750,000 in punitive damages. Chapman Spingola also served as trial counsel.
  • Sara Siegall presented the Discovery portion of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Spring 2014 Civil Practice Update in Springfield, Illinois on May 2, 2014.
  • Peter Spingola and Mike Fatall gave a presentation to the Executive Guild Committee concerning the Top Ten Issues to Consider with Business Clients.
  • Bob Chapman and Shannon Knight recently succeeded in an appeal on behalf of the defendant-appellee in which the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the grant of summary judgment for defendant landowner.  On appeal, plaintiff argued that the trial court erred in finding that the landowner owed no duty to a demolition worker where landowner had given up control of the worksite to its contractors. After full briefing, the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling.
  • Sara Siegall joined Impact 100 Chicago, an all-female organization that awards member-funded transformational grants to local nonprofit organizations.
  • Bob Chapman prevailed in an arbitration proceeding in which they represented former Chicago Bears head coach and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. Bob stopped the defendant’s unauthorized use of Coach Ditka’s persona by obtaining a permanent injunction and further obtained monetary damages exceeding $500,000.
  • After three years of litigation before U.S. District Judge Milton I. Shadur, Peter Spingola and Sara Siegall obtained a confidential favorable settlement for online retail business accused of infringement and misappropriation of intellectual property, civil conspiracy and other unfair competition.
  • Bob Chapman and Peter Spingola were recently named Illinois Super Lawyers by Thompson Reuters and the Publishers of Chicago Magazine.

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