Amy M. Rapoport is Co-Chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group.
Amy started with the firm in 2006 as a law clerk and has been a practicing attorney at Aronberg Goldgehn since 2007. Her main practice area is commercial litigation. She focuses on shareholder disputes including, without limitation, claims for violation of the Business Corporation Act, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. She also focuses on employment litigation, such as defending claims for discrimination, breach of noncompetition agreements and trade secret misappropriation. A third area of her practice centers on real estate litigation, including claims for trespass and nuisance, and general business litigation.
Amy has been invited on several occasions to be a guest lecturer at Chicago-Kent College of law to discuss the topics of attorney billing and discovery in the Illinois court system. She also represented the firm at an event hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2012 at which time she spoke on a panel discussing the differences between arbitration and litigation. Amy co-authored the white paper for that event titled “Arbitration v. Litigation: A True Hobson’s Choice”.
Amy appreciates that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to representing clients. Throughout a client relationship, she makes a concerted effort to get to know each client as a person, not just as a client. Whenever she speaks with clients, she makes it a priority to begin the conversation by asking them how they are doing and learning more about them. Getting to know the people she represents gives her a better understanding of their expectations, needs, and goals, all of which helps the relationship run more smoothly.
In her free time, Amy enjoys participating in physical activities including running, snow skiing, ice skating, weight lifting, hiking, Turbokick, Insanity, and yoga. She is also a self-described ‘foodie’ and enjoys trying new restaurants, cooking and baking. Amy is well traveled having been to Greece, Israel, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Chile. There are many more destinations on her bucket list.
Obtained dismissal of a claim for tortious interference with contract and business expectancy based on the doctrine of res judicata and lack of standing.
Successfully resolved a dispute between shareholders of a video gaming company.
Negotiated a favorable settlement for our client, an owner of a commercial property, in a claim against its tenant, a hardware store, for breach of the lease and for damages to the property.
Defended a telecommunications company against a lawsuit filed in federal court by one of the world's largest telecommunication companies for trade secret misappropriation, computer fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
Helped an individual and corporate client settle a lawsuit filed against them by a former commercial landlord for fraudulent transfers.
Negotiated a resolution of litigation on behalf of our client, a grocery store, with a former independent contractor who operated the floral department of the grocery store.
Negotiated an amicable resolution on behalf of our client, a staffing company, with a former independent contractor.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client, a company in the business of selling acoustical wood panels, in a lawsuit filed by the general contractor of a construction project at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Achieved a favorable settlement for our client, an individual who was wrongfully disinherited from a deceased friend’s will.
Obtained a successful resolution of a claim filed in the Illinois Department of Human Rights by a former employee of our client, a company in the business of manufacturing metal springs.
Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit against our client, a trucking company. In the lawsuit, a former truck driver for the trucking company sued the company for breach of contract and violation of the Illinois Minimum Wage Law. The Illinois state court judge granted our motion dismiss, with prejudice, holding that the truck driver could not state a claim against the trucking company for either cause of action.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2007
DePaul University, with honors, 2004
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- State of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- CALI Award for Trial Advocacy (2007)
- CALI Award for Legal Writing (2006)
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Guest lectured on the topic of discovery in the Illinois court system, 2012
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Guest lectured on the topic of billing, October 2012, 2013, 2014
- Association of Corporate Counsel Luncheon, Spoke on a panel about the differences between arbitration and litigation, 2012
- Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Group
- Chicago-Kent College of Law (Student Mentor)
What is your favorite thing about working at Aronberg Goldgehn? I love the team atmosphere and always having someone to bounce an idea off of.
What is one item on your bucket list? Traveling to Bora Bora because it looks incredibly serene and beautiful.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? I would be a professional event planner because I love to plan and host parties.
What is your favorite place in Chicago? The Lakefront.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? The Greek islands.
What is your favorite restaurant? There are too many to choose from but, my latest obsession is GT Fish & Oyster.
What is something most people don’t know about you? I competitively figure skated for 15 years.