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BETTER SOLUTIONS Result when creativity meets intelligence

HMB’s litigators are successful trial lawyers who are adept at resolving disputes efficiently. We are business risk advisors and bold problem-solvers: practical in nature, aggressive when necessary, creative always.

Your Business is Our Business

We act as true business partners, getting to know your goals and operations to help define better solutions and strategies. We proactively look for the right avenues to prevent costly litigation, but when a dispute must move forward, we vigorously pursue your interests.

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Trial Lawyers – From Start to Finish

Our attorneys know what it takes to try a case. From the beginning, we position your case and implement strategies with success at trial in mind. If your case does go to trial, your team will include the same attorneys who prepared the case from the start. By understanding how to successfully try a matter, we can position your case for success, whether that be through trial or settlement.

Comprehensive Team, Global Reach

As a mid-sized, business-focused law firm, we leverage our considerable strengths to your advantage. Our team is lean and within a cost-effective platform that also ensures efficient and effective partner-level involvement. We are integrated with HMB’s other practice groups to ensure your matters can draw on additional subject matter perspective at a moment’s notice. While rooted in Chicago, we litigate cases throughout the country and our network spans the globe through the Law Firm Alliance, allowing us to handle matters wherever they may occur.

Leveraging Sophisticated Technology and Value-Driven Fee Arrangements

Collaboration, communication and forward-thinking solutions are hallmarks of our service. Count on us to address your most difficult legal challenges by listening and taking the time to fully understand how a matter will impact your business and personal interests before developing a path to resolution. We know managing litigation costs is an ever-present concern, so we work with you to implement value-driven fee arrangements whenever possible.

The New Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act and a Preview of Upcoming LitigationFebruary 26, 2020

As you undoubtedly know by now, on January 1, 2020, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the possession and use of adult-use cannabis. The new law, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, 410 ILCS 705, et seq., (the “CRTA”) – all 610 pages of it – establishes the framework of one of the most regulated industries today. More than just laws about personal possession and use, the CRTA includes numerous provisions regarding the new business opportunities in Illinois, including retail operations (dispensaries), cultivation/processing facilities, infusing “kitchens,” and product transportation...

Virtual Depositions In COVID-19 – 6 Tips for AttorneysSeptember 3, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the landscape of taking and defending depositions.  Due to social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions, almost every deposition is taken remotely, and will be for the foreseeable future.  Below are a few considerations and suggestions for preparing for and taking your deposition in this new era: You cannot see non-participants in the room.  Depending on…

Rick S. Rein Presents a Webinar with Strafford- "Enforcing U.S. Judgments Outside the U.S" - 9/2/20July 9, 2020

9/2/20 1:00PM-2:30PM ET Join Rick, with a panel of experts, for this CLE webinar that will discuss how to locate and seize offshore assets with which to satisfy a US obligation or judgment. The panel will also address tools to prevent the removal of assets to other countries. The panelists will address issues such as: What countries are the hardest…

Rick S. Rein and Karl E. Analo Secure $4.6 Million Victory in Breach of Commercial Guaranty DisputeJuly 8, 2020

HMB litigators Rick S. Rein and Karl E. Analo secured a complete victory in a recent breach of guaranty dispute.  The team obtained summary judgment in their client’s favor on all counts resulting in a total judgment of over $4,600,000 as well as attorneys’ fees. HMB’s client leased certain equipment to a hospital pursuant to a commercial equipment lease.  The…

Stavros S. Giannoulias and John R. Wiktor Win Trial to Enforce $1M Oral Pledge to Non-Profit CongregationJuly 1, 2020

Stavros S. Giannoulias and John R. Wiktor filed claims on behalf of a non-profit Congregation to enforce two oral pledges made by one of its prominent and beloved members, who died suddenly before fulfilling his pledges. The Congregation filed claims in the probate proceedings in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois asserting that its member made a $1 million…

Procedures of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois During the Coronavirus CrisisMay 30, 2020

Actions Taken by the District Court On Tuesday, May 26, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois updated, for the fourth time, its General Order 20-0012 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The District Court’s original General Order extended all deadlines, whether set by the court or otherwise, by 21 days. On March 30, an Amended…

Insurance Claims & Related Issues Due to COVID-19 - What Every Business Should KnowMay 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 As COVID-19 presses state and local governments to continue their shutdown orders, some businesses are incurring extensive expenses and losses. Whether the business is open with limited capacity, allowing employees to work from home, or closed until the orders are lifted,  businesses are asking if and how insurance can provide relief. This article provides information on the…

Out-of-Court Distressed Asset Purchases - What You Need to KnowMay 1, 2020

Out-Of-Court Distressed Asset Purchases, a Primer The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses and commercial relationships worldwide, cutting wide swaths of through entire sectors of the economy.  The current government regime of subsidizing whole industries and individual businesses is still evolving.  Commercial lenders have been incentivized to forbear and defer defaults – but the piper must eventually be paid.  Enterprises that…

Aaron L. Hammer, Sean D. Auton, Bill Katris and Matthew R. Barrett Present a Webinar "Contract Rights and Insurance Claims Under COVID-19" to the Young Presidents' Organization - 4/8/2020March 30, 2020

4/8/2020 12:00pm CST Sean D. Auton, Aaron L. Hammer, Bill Katris and Matthew R. Barrett will discuss COVID-19 and its impact on Contract Rights and Insurance Claims. This webinar for the Chicagoland Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization will address questions such as: Contract Rights under COVID-19 I can’t perform under my contract or leases - what remedies do I…

Non-Performance of Contractual Obligations During the COVID-19 PandemicMarch 23, 2020

The economic uncertainty caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses and commercial relationships worldwide.  As COVID-19 continues to spread, businesses may experience disruptions that make it difficult or impossible to fulfill their contractual obligations.  Under certain circumstances, those disruptions may justify non-performance.  One such escape hatch is a force majeure clause, which is a provision contained…

Hal J. Wood and Matthew R. Barrett Secure Victory in Highly Contested Post-Transaction DisputeFebruary 26, 2020

HMB litigators Hal J. Wood and Matthew R. Barrett secured a complete victory in a recent highly contested post-transaction dispute. The team obtained summary judgment in their clients’ favor on all counts, including an award of 100% of the clients’ attorneys’ fees, resulting in a total judgment of over $9,000,000 in favor of HMB’s clients. HMB’s clients were the sellers…

Rick S. Rein Presents "Litigation Finance: A Conversation about the Basics and Latest Complexities" at HMB's Office - 3/3/20February 26, 2020

3/3/2020 HMB's Office 500 W Madison Suite 3700 Chicago, IL Rick will discuss, with other industry panelists, the following emerging topics in litigation finance: The best candidates for litigation finance Litigation funding in bankruptcy How a party secures financing How attorneys and claimholders can engage with funders The latest developments in litigation finance in 2020 This seminar is hosted at…

Rick S. Rein Presents "What's New for Receivers Around the World?" at the NAFER International Offshore Conference - 3/5/20February 12, 2020

3/5/20 Miami, FL Rick Rein, with a panel of experts comprised of professionals both foreign and domestic, will discuss new developments in statutory and case-law that impacts US receivers as they deal with actions and assets abroad. The session will focus on important new developments in the field around the world including topics concerning Brexit, China and more. Other challenges…

Four Attorneys from the Litigation Group Named to 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars ListsFebruary 3, 2020

One attorney from HMB's Litigation Group has been named as a 2020 Illinois Super Lawyer. Additionally, three attorneys were named to the 2020 Illinois Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from over seventy practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The following HMB attorney was selected for…

HMB Elevates Grant Hendricks, David Machemer and Tim Rybicki to PartnerJanuary 8, 2020

Chicago, IL December 12, 2019 HMB Legal Counsel, a preeminent provider of legal services in Business and Finance, State and Local Tax, Trusts and Estates, Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors' Rights, Real Estate and Litigation announced that three associate attorneys were elevated to partner. Grant R. Hendricks Grant is a member of the firm's Private Client, Trusts and Estates Group. He…

Watch Aaron Hammer and Rick Rein Present "Hot Topics in Cross Border Restructurings" On DemandOctober 14, 2019

On 9/17/19 Aaron Hammer and Rick Rein presented "Hot Topics in Cross Border Restructurings" at the Offices of Gowling WLG LLOP in Toronto, Canada. Aaron and Rick discussed the role of chief restructuring officers and other turnaround professionals in Canadian restructuring, flash points in today's cross border insolvencies, and the cannabis space. This program was intended for lenders, turnaround professionals…

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Entities Must Be Represented By an Attorney At Administrative HearingsApril 25, 2014

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Entities Must Be Represented By an Attorney At Administrative Hearings A recent decision by the Illinois Appellate Court held that corporations may not represent themselves at administrative hearings, but instead must be represented by an attorney. In Stone Street Partners, LLC v. The City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings, Case No. 12 M1 450026, Stone…

Mortgage Foreclosure Alert - Alternative Means to Sell Property Under Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure ActMarch 28, 2013

For many foreclosure sales, the typical sale process - selling the property at a court-ordered auction - is sufficient.  The result of most such sales is the bank "credit bidding" against its debt.  In certain cases, however, a traditional judicial auction may not be appropriate.  For example, the bank may not want to take title to the property or the…

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