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:

  • Agency
  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration
  • Banking law
  • Civil procedure
  • Constitutional law
  • Contract interpretation
  • Criminal law
  • Employment law
  • ERISA
  • Family law
  • Fraud
  • 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.

Stein and Haskin Presenting Admitting Complex Electronic Materials Into Evidence
02.21.17

Aronberg Goldgehn attorneys Lawrence Stein and Benjamin Haskin will present “Admitting Complex Electronic Materials into Evidence” at the Du Page County Courthouse on March 10.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named "Rising Stars By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.23.17

Staci L. Balbirer, Amy M. Gibson, Julie A. Johnson, Kari E. Hoelting Kaplan, Amber O. LaFevers and Timothy R. Nelson have been named “Rising Stars” by Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


Chris Bannon, Jay Frank, Tom Hanekamp, Blooma Stark, Larry Stein and Michael Zaslavsky Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.23.17

Aronberg Goldgehn members Chris Bannon, Jay Frank, Tom Hanekamp, Blooma Stark, Larry Stein and Michael Zaslavsky have been selected as Illinois Super Lawyers for 2017.... Read More


Julie A. Johnson Named a Member of Aronberg Goldgehn
01.09.17

Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa has named Julie A. Johnson (formerly Neubauer) as a Member of the firm.... Read More


John Sciaccotta Serving as Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the 2016 Reception Held By The Committee for Retention of Judges in Cook County
09.14.16

Aronberg Goldgehn member Larry Stein is also a member of the committee hosting the reception on September 26, 2016.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Sponsoring the 18th Annual Illinois Bar Foundation Gala
09.07.16

Aronberg Goldgehn is honored to be the Northern Illinois University Fellowship Sponsor for the Illinois Bar Foundation’s 2016 Gala, where Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will be presented with the 2016 Distinguished Award for Excellence.... Read More


Lawrence Stein Appointed to Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation
08.15.16

Aronberg Goldgehn member Lawrence A. Stein has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation.... Read More


John Sciaccotta Elected to Membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
08.08.16

Litigator John C. Sciaccotta has been elected a Member of the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn's Women's Initiative Hosts Its Inaugural Inspiration Award Luncheon
08.01.16

Ulta Beauty General Counsel Jodi Caro Honored With the 2016 Inspiration Award... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Wins Appeal Creating Precedent That Receipt of Account Statement Is Sufficient to Put an Account Holder on Notice of Discrepancies or Wrongful Activity
06.01.16

Aronberg Goldgehn litigation attorneys Nathan H. Lichtenstein and Benjamin E. Haskin have obtained a victory in the Illinois Appellate Court.... Read More


Appellate Win By Nate Lichtenstein and Ben Haskin Featured In Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
05.31.16

Aronberg attorneys Nathan Lichtenstein and Benjamin Haskin's victory for a bank client is featured in the May 31 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.... Read More


Nate Lichtenstein a Panel Speaker at The American Business Appraisers National Network's Annual Conference
05.09.16

Trial lawyer Nathan Lichtenstein and his fellow panelists will present “Tips & Techniques to Defend Your Position.”... Read More


Larry Stein Appointed to Leadership Positions With the Illinois State Bar Association
04.29.16

Lawrence A. Stein has been appointed a member of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Legal Education Admission & Competence and its Federal Civil Practice Section Council.... Read More


Mandatory Statewide Electronic Filing: The Supreme Court of Illinois Really Means It Now
02.18.16

Lawrence A. Stein has published a note in The Brief on the recent order by the Supreme Court of Illinois mandating that all Illinois courts implement systems to permit the electronic filing of materials in civil cases.... Read More


Larry Stein Presenting at Growing Your Business Mega Meeting 2016
01.06.16

On Jan. 29, Lawrence A. Stein will co-present “Dealing with and Counseling Clients Regarding Business Interests in Contested Estates.”... Read More


Trial Lawyer Lawrence A. Stein Joins Aronberg Goldgehn
01.05.16

Lawrence A. Stein has joined Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa as a member, adding considerable depth and experience to the firm’s appellate and litigation practices.... Read More


Insurance Coverage Update - Illinois Appellate Court Rejects Insurer's Cooperation Clause Defense Absent Due Diligence and Substantial Prejudice
08.05.15

American Access Casualty Co. v. Alassouli reaffirms the difficult standard insurers must meet in Illinois when disclaiming coverage based on the breach of a policy’s cooperation clause.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Appoints New Practice Group Chairs
07.29.15

Nate Lichtenstein and Amy Rapoport Gibson Will Lead the Commercial Litigation Group; Paul Gilman and Tim Nelson, Business Law & Transactions... Read More


Chris Bannon Quoted in Illinois Bar Journal Article, Women in the Law; Making the Ask
07.23.15

Aronberg Goldgehn Co-Managing Member Christopher J. Bannon and others address what firms can do to ensure that female attorneys’ compensation and opportunities keep pace with their talent and commitment.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Ranked No. 1 for Having the Highest Percentage of Women Associates Among Illinois' Largest Firms
07.14.15

Chicago Lawyer magazine’ has published the results of its annual diversity survey of the largest law firms in Illinois, and Aronberg Goldgehn has been ranked No. 1 in one analysis of the statistics.... Read More


Cheryl Tama Oblander Joins Aronberg Goldgehn
07.13.15

Cheryl Tama Oblander, a highly experienced employment law attorney, has joined Aronberg Goldgehn as a member. Cheryl represents local and national companies, both large and small, in the full range of employment matters.... Read More


Chris Bannon Presenting at ISBA Seminar, "Because You're Worth It! Achieving Advancement & Fair Compensation in the Legal Profession"
04.01.15

On May 7, 2015, Aronberg Goldgehn Co-Managing Member Christopher J. Bannon and his fellow panelists will present "Rising Above the Stats: Defining and Encouraging Success for Women Attorneys and Methods for Achieving It."... Read More


Julie Neubauer Program Coordinator for "Because You're Worth It! Achieving Advancement & Fair Compensation in the Legal Profession"
03.02.15

Presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law, this CLE program will address issues facing women lawyers.... Read More


Insurance Coverage Update - Rescission & the Innocent Insured Doctrine
02.25.15

In a much-anticipated decision that impacts liability insurers’ ability to obtain policy rescission, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on February 20, 2015 that the “innocent insured” doctrine does not apply to rescission cases.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Illinois
01.12.15

Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank and Blooma Stark have been selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers;’ Kari E. Hoelting Kaplan, Amber N. LaFevers, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson named ‘Rising Stars.’... Read More


Lisa Brodsky, Tim Nelson and Amy Gibson Elected New Members
01.01.15

Aronberg Goldgehn has elected Lisa J. Brodsky, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson as Members of the firm, effective January 1, 2015.... Read More


Nate Lichenstein and Ben Haskin Granted Motion for Directed Finding to Secure a Trial Victory
10.21.14

Aronberg Goldgehn litigators Nathan H. Lichtenstein and Benjamin Haskin obtained the rare feat of directed finding to secure a trial victory for a long-time client.... Read More


Rapoport Gibson to Present Winning the Battle of the Forms to Association of Corporate Counsel
04.23.14

Amy Rapoport Gibson will present at the May meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel on Winning the “Battle of the Forms”... Read More


Hoelting Kaplan, LaFevers, Nelson and Gibson Named Rising Stars By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.13.14

Kari E. Hoelting Kaplan, Amber LaFevers, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson have been designated as Rising Stars by Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


Chris Bannon, Jay Frank, Billy Garmisa and Blooma Stark Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.13.14

Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank, William J. Garmisa and Blooma Stark have been selected as Super Lawyers by Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


Bannon, Frank, Garmisa and Stark Named Super Lawyers By Illinois Super Lawyers
08.29.13

Aronberg Goldgehn members Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank, William J. Garmisa and Blooma Stark have been selected as Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


Attebery, Rapoport Gibson, Nelson and Neubauer Named Rising Stars by Illinois Super Lawyers
08.29.13

Aronberg Attorneys Katherine A. Attebery, Amy M. Rapoport Gibson, Timothy R. Nelson and Julie A. Neubauer and have been designated Rising Stars in Illinois by Super Lawyers.... Read More


Insurance Coverage Update - Illinois Appellate Court Finds Insurer's Failure to Sufficiently Monitor Defense Counsel Is Breach of Duty to Defend
05.01.13

The Illinois Appellate Court held that an insurer breached its duty to defend when it hired defense counsel but did not take sufficient action to ensure that counsel provided an “actual defense” for the insured. Consequently the court found the insurer liable for damages in an amount well in excess of the policy limits.... Read More


Eight Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers' and Rising Stars' in Illinois
01.04.13

Aronberg Goldgehn is pleased to announce that four attorneys were selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers’ for 2013 and four attorneys were designated as ‘Rising Stars’ in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine.... Read More


Lisa Brodsky and Amy Rapoport Gibson Win ERISA Appeal in 8th Circuit Court
08.21.12

Aronberg Goldgehn litigators Lisa J. Brodsky and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson have obtained an appellate court victory before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in IBEW Pension Plan v Wright and Walker.... Read More


Benjamin Haskin Joins Aronberg Goldgehn as an Associate
12.09.11


Bannon Obtains Appellate Court Ruling for Accountants' Professional Liability Insurer
11.24.09

Christopher Bannon has obtained an appellate court victory for a professional liability insurer in a Louisiana suit over insurance coverage for an accountant accused of securities laws violations and related wrongful acts.... Read More