Amy M. Rapoport Gibson is Co-Chair of Aronberg Goldgehn's Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on shareholder disputes, employment litigation and real estate litigation. Shareholder disputes she handles include, without limitation, claims for violation of the Business Corporation Act, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.
In the area of employment litigation, Amy defends clients in claims for discrimination, breach of noncompetition agreements and trade secret misappropriation, among others.
In her real estate litigation practice, Amy handles claims for trespass and nuisance as well as general business litigation.
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.
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 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 a grocery store client with a former independent contractor who operated the floral department of the grocery store
Negotiated an amicable resolution on behalf of a staffing company with a former independent contractor
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of 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 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
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
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 joined Aronberg Goldgehn as a law clerk in 2006 and, upon graduation from law school, as an associate in 2007. She became a Member/Partner in the firm in January 2015.
She has been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Leading Lawyers Magazine, a designation awarded to less than 2 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 or fewer years. Also, she has been named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
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.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2007
DePaul University, B.S., Finance, with honors, 2004
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2015)
- Named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers (2010-2015)
- 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.