Chicago Business Litigation Lawyer

The Law Office of Douglas B. Harper represents plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation, meaning, a civil lawsuit brought by a person or a business against another person or business, involving an important business matter which occurred in or near Chicago. These cases usually involve serious financial injury caused by a dispute over a business obligation or the exercise of business authority. Cases in this practice area are sometimes described as commercial litigation or business torts.

When we represent plaintiffs, the plaintiff suffered serious economic damages because some other person or business either failed to perform a business obligation or exceeded their business authority. When we represent defendants, the defendant is the one accused of failing to perform obligations or exceeding authority.

This practice area includes the following kinds of cases:

  • Business fraud
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Disputed non-compete agreements
  • Business ownership disputes
  • Unfair competition
  • Consumer fraud

The law office handles business litigation all the way to trial, usually in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois or in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

The law office also handles business litigation on appeal.

Examples of Business Litigation We Won

The cases described below are examples of business litigation matters we have handled.

Jury Verdict Defending a Staged-Accident, Insurance Fraud Lawsuit

We were retained to represent a trucking company after one of their seventy ton trucks rear-ended a car on the highway. The passengers sued and claimed injuries. The truck driver insisted he was not at fault, and he insisted the car swerved in front of his truck and then slammed on its brakes for no reason, purposely causing the accident. After investigating, Mr. Harper determined the truck driver was telling the truth. This was a staged accident. The plaintiffs purposely caused the accident, hoping to win an easy settlement, but Mr. Harper tried the case to a jury and won a verdict for the trucking company on all counts.

Six-Figure Settlement in Breach of Contract Lawsuit

We represented an employee who had been hired by a real estate developer to find investors for a multi-million dollar project. The developer had promised the employee a share of profits generated by the project, but he terminated the employee without paying and claimed there were no profits to share. After investigating, Mr. Harper discovered the project had generated lucrative profits, but the developer hid them in a series of complicated transactions. We filed suit for the employee on a number of theories including breach of contract, and won a six-figure settlement for him.

Internet Resources for Business Disputes

If you came to this website looking for information about a business dispute and you did not find what you were expecting, these resources may be helpful.

Use this link to the Illinois Secretary of State's website for information on how to create or reinstate a corporation, obtain a certificate of good standing for an existing business, and file corporate annual reports.

Use this link to The Illinois Attorney General's website to file a complaint with the attorney general if you were a victim of consumer fraud.


Contact Information

The Law Office of Douglas B. Harper 70 West Madison Street, Suite 1400 Chicago, Illinois 60602-4267 Consultation: (312) 214-7040 Direct: (312) 214-2454 Fax: (312) 212-4102


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