Whether you need to protect a successful trial court result or obtain the reversal of an adverse judgment, Aronberg Goldgehn's appellate attorneys are well-equipped to provide representation of the highest quality throughout the appellate process.
Our appellate practice is made up of attorneys who take the success of your appeal personally. Our lawyers include former law clerks to appellate justices and professors of Appellate Advocacy who have extensive experience in the federal courts of appeal and state appellate and supreme courts.
Our appellate practice embraces a wide array of cases, and we possess the skill and experience necessary to master any substantive area of law, however complex or nuanced. We have handled appeals involving issues of:
- Banking law
- Civil procedure
- Constitutional law
- Contract interpretation
- Criminal law
- Employment law
- Family law
- Insurance Coverage
- Personal injury law
- Real estate law
- Court-imposed sanctions
- Unfair competition
Cost-effective representation is the primary goal of our appellate group. At the outset, we provide candid and objective advice to clients on the crucial question of whether or not to pursue an appeal. Depending on the nature of the case, we also explore with clients alternative billing arrangements.
MBK Services, Inc. v. Cole Taylor Bank, et al
No. 12-3026 (Il. 1st Dist. Sept. 26, 2013)
The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s granting of the lender’s motion for summary judgment, finding that a bank’s perfected security interest in the borrower’s collateral, including the proceeds of a sale of a borrower’s assets after an assignment for the benefit creditors, is superior to a business creditor’s claim to such proceeds, even if such proceeds were “supposed” to be held in trust by the borrower.
O'Hare Ground Transport Facility v. FirstMerit Bank, et al
2013 IL App (1st) 121428-U
The court affirmed the trial court’s rulings that defendant bank was not responsible to pay $1,000,000.00 for uncollateralized letters of credit issued by the failed predecessor bank. The court held that the purchase and assumption agreement governing the FDIC’s take-over did not provide that the successor bank would assume liability for letters of credit.
Trustees of the Electricians' Salary Deferral Plan, et al. v. Pamela Wright
No. 11-2051 (U.S. 8th Cir., August 21, 2012)
We prevailed on a competing claim for ERISA benefits, which a deceased electrical worker had intended to leave to his cousin. Another relative of the deceased claimed that the deceased was not of sound mind when he changed the beneficiary on his pension plan to his cousin. The case was initially filed with the pension plan administrator, then to the pension plan’s appeals committee. From there, it was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, where we obtained summary judgment for our client. On appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision, allowing our client to obtain the benefits of the plan.
St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. E.R.A. Oxford
572 F.3d 893 (11th Cir. 2009)
In a significant decision involving "professional services" coverage provided under a real estate professional errors and omissions insurance policy, the court reversed the trial court's summary judgment in favor of a real estate broker and directed the trial court to enter summary judgment for the insurer. The court held that the broker's conduct in connection with aborted business mergers was not part of the broker's "professional services" and therefore was not within the policy's coverage.
Farmers Ins. Co. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co.
482 F.3d 976 (7th Cir. 2007)
The court affirmed the District Court's summary judgment in favor of the defendant employment practices liability insurer, finding that claims against the plaintiff employer for violations of the Illinois Minimum Wage Act were not covered under the insurance policy.
Trippe Mfg. Co. v. Niles Audio Corp.
401 F.3d 529 (3rd Cir. 2005)
The Court reversed the District Court’s decision compelling the Plaintiff to arbitrate the Defendant’s multi-million dollar successor-liability claims in arbitration. The Court held that the Plaintiff had not assumed responsibility for the Defendant’s claims and thus was not bound to arbitrate them.
Methode Electronics, Inc. v. Adam Technologies, Inc.
371 F.3d 923 (7th Cir. 2004)
The Court, based on a legal theory that was not raised by trial counsel, affirmed the District Court’s imposition of sanctions against Plaintiff.
Neuma, Inc. v. AMP, Inc.
259 F.3d 864 (7th Cir. 2001)
The Court reversed the District Court’s decision dismissing the Plaintiff’s ERISA and negligent misrepresentation claims.
Traveler's Ins. Co. v. Eljer Mfg., Inc.
197 Ill. 2d 278 (2001)
The Supreme Court held that the mere installation of a defective plumbing system did not, within the meaning of a comprehensive general liability insurance policy, constitute “physical injury to tangible property” unless and until the system leaked. This decision expressly overruled an Illinois Appellate Court decision that had been the law in Illinois for more than a decade.
Williams v. Hall
288 Ill. App. 3d 917 (1st Dist. 1997)
In this wrongful death action, the Court affirmed the trial court’s setting aside of a $1 million verdict in favor of the Plaintiff. The Court held that the Defendant’s employee was acting outside the scope of his employment at the time of the accident in question and, therefore, the Defendant could not be held vicariously liable for its employee’s conduct.
Saunders v. Michigan Ave. Nat'l Bank
278 Ill. App. 3d 307 (1st Dist. 1996)
In this frequently-cited opinion, the Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the Plaintiff’s Complaint for, among other things violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.
Elmer Miller, Inc. v. Landis
253 Ill. App. 3d 129 (1st Dist. 1993)
The Court affirmed the trial court’s entry of a preliminary injunction against the Defendant, holding that the Plaintiff had established that its customer list constituted a trade secret within the meaning of the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.
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