Stavros S. Giannoulias

Stavros S. Giannoulias

STAVROS S. GIANNOULIAS concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and trust and estate litigation. Stavros has represented businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in a variety of contested matters involving contract disputes; commercial real estate and lease disputes; trade secret misappropriation; business torts; employment disputes; restrictive covenants; shareholder, partnership and ownership disputes; and insurance coverage disputes. Stavros has extensive experience in state and federal courts and has successfully tried, arbitrated and mediated cases in a variety of forums.

Stavros's trusts and estate litigation experience includes representing trustees and beneficiaries in a variety of trust and estate controversies, including matters involving trust asset valuations, trustee contract rights, and breaches of fiduciary duties.

With extensive experience representing clients in the banking and financial services industry, Stavros has successfully litigated disputes involving the enforcement of commercial loan agreements and creditors' rights, and has successfully defended clients against lender liability claims including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

Stavros's clients include privately held businesses and business owners, real estate developers, general contractors, real estate brokerage firms, restaurants and hospitality service providers, banks and other financial service providers, and physicians and physician practice groups. Stavros's clients rely on Stavros as a business advisor who provides general and preventative counseling, and handles their litigation needs.


  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Hellenic Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Volunteer Leadership Council Member

Representative Matters

  • Defended a majority shareholder and director in the post-sale of business litigation involving fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract claims in excess of $70 million, leading to a favorable settlement prior to trial and subsequent court rulings enforcing and interpreting terms of settlement in favor of our client after attempts by the plaintiff to invalidate and renegotiate terms.
  • Vacated a confession of judgment in excess of $1.5 million obtained by a plaintiff against an individual client on the basis of flawed loan documents.
  • Obtained the dismissal of lender liability counterclaims in excess of $50 million on behalf of a bank for lender liability claims asserted by the defendants in breach of note and guaranty litigation leading to a favorable settlement in favor of the bank on its claims against borrowers.
  • Obtained the dismissal of an alleged breach of contract claim by purported assignee of contract obtained on behalf of a logistics company at the initial response stage of litigation.
  • Obtained multiple trial verdicts in commercial lease disputes in favor of landlords/owners of commercial real estate in lease disputes and eviction matters, including obtaining awards for attorneys' fees in favor of our client against tenants.
  • Second chaired a jury trial in Las Vegas, Nevada, in which the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client on all claims by the plaintiff including for fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, conversion, unjust enrichment and unauthorized trading.
  • Obtained an arbitration award for small business owners defending against an alleged breach of listing agreement by a broker and investment banker seeking over $500,000 as a success fee for purported involvement in the sale of a business; the arbitration award included an award for attorneys' fees over $270,000 in favor of our client.
  • Enabled multiple beneficiaries and attorneys mired in litigation for over 6 years to resolve will contest disputes and claims, including attorney fee petition claims, after only a few months of involvement as counsel for Executor.
  • Obtained an order declaring property owner's judgment in excess of $150,000 against a debtor in Chapter 7 bankruptcy to be non-dischargeable in bankruptcy by the debtor pursuant to fraud and misrepresentation.
  • Prosecuted, defended and advised clients in various partnership and shareholder disputes.

Industries Served

  • Automotive Manufacturing & Dealerships
  • Banking
  • Broadcast Media
  • Construction
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Entrepreneur/Start-Up Companies
  • Financial Services
  • Food/Beverage Services & Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Leasing Companies
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Service Companies
  • Specialty Finance
  • Telecommunications
  • Trading Companies




      • Contact Information
      • Bar Admissions
        • Illinois  (2002)
      • Education
        • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. with honors, 2002
        • Miami University, B.A. in Psychology, 1999
      • Court Admissions
        • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 
        • Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois  

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