Jason Metnick is a business litigator and trial lawyer. His practice is focused on representing corporate executives, officers and directors in litigation and business disputes. He regularly counsels companies with complex commercial disputes involving business transactions. His experience includes extensive representation and counseling of banks, financial institutions, and companies in the real estate, manufacturing, automotive, and logistics industries. Mr. Metnick has obtained favorable results and settlements in a high percentage of cases in Illinois state courts and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He regularly defends companies and represents them in mediation and arbitration proceedings throughout the United States.
Recent Representative Matters:
- First chair defense of chief executive officer accused of misusing millions of dollars of federal funds. Nine day federal jury trial resulted in directed verdict on two claims, jury awarded $0 in damages on third claim, and nominal damages on fourth claim.
- First chair successful prosecution of claim involving $200 million dollar real estate development. Two week trial resulted in verdict in favor of client, and upheld on appeal.
- Successfully defeated temporary restraining order sought against corporate officer and competitor of $900 million marketing company.
- Obtained emergency temporary restraining order on behalf of real estate and home developer preventing restrictive covenant from being implemented upon large home development.
- Obtained summary judgment in several cases, defending companies and corporate executives alleged to have discriminated against employees based upon race, age, ethnicity, and sex.
- Successful prosecution on behalf of numerous banks to recover against defaulting loan borrowers, typically involving millions of dollars.
- Obtained judgment on behalf of outdoor power equipment company against its former distributor, and defeated counterclaim for wrongful termination of distributor. Upheld on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
- First chair trial on behalf of plaintiff alleging fraud in home construction. Obtained verdict in favor of home buyer, plus attorneys’ fees.
- In a case of first impression, defeated claim arising under Illinois Right of Publicity Act related to talent agency alleged to have misappropriated individual’s likeness by acting as intermediary to talent and product advertiser. Affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court that talent agency’s use was a non-public transaction, and thus not subject to the Act.