Sam is a commercial litigator who joined MPS in 1996 after first working with McDermott, Will & Emery and then Shefsky & Froelich. Sam concentrates in representing business clients in contract, employment agreement and employment discrimination matters and representing commercial lenders in workouts and foreclosures. With over 20 years of experience, Sam has first-chaired many bench and jury trials, and has had numerous successes for clients. Sam strives to push cases to conclusion as quickly as the legal process allows and is always looking for ways to outmaneuver opposing counsel.
Some of Sam’s successes include:
Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a multi-billion dollar international restaurant chain in a breach of contract claim filed by an international airline company with respect to the operation of the concessions and duty-free shops in the International Terminal at O’Hare Airport.
Successfully defending an employer in a jury trial in a case brought by a former employee who claimed he was wrongfully terminated. Sam had claims of defamation and post-employment damages in excess of $400,000 dismissed before the trial. Thereafter, the jury awarded the employee a de minimus recovery, which prevented the employee from recovering any attorneys’ fees.
Successfully defending an employee and his new employer in a bench trial in a case brought by the employee’s former employer. The former employer was seeking a multi-million dollar recovery based on the employee’s alleged breach of a non-compete agreement. Based on Sam’s deposition of the damage expert retained by the former employer, the judge disregarded the expert’s report in its entirety, resulting in a recovery for the former employer of less than 5% of what had been sought at trial.
Representing a lender in a foreclosure and fraud action against a borrower. When a homebuilder exhausted his loan before completing construction of a subdivision, Sam discovered that the homebuilder had submitted false lien waivers for his subcontractors and had pocketed the overage. Sam foreclosed on the homes, obtained possession of the homes shortly after the case was filed and got an order allowing the bank complete the construction. When the homebuilder filed bankruptcy to attempt extinguish his liability to the lender, Sam had the debt declared non-dischargeable. Sam then presented the evidence of the fraud to the county sheriff and the state’s attorney, which resulted in the homebuilder’s arrest and conviction for felony theft by deception.
Sam has also lectured in his areas of legal concentration, including: “Final Compensation,” Lorman Education Services, 2002; “Tips for Employers Facing Discrimination Charges,” Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 2005; and “Family and Medical Leave Act and Paid Time Off Policies,” 2006.
- Scandinavian Airline Systems Demark-Norway-Sweden v. McDonald’s Corp., 947 F. Supp. 1257 (N.D. Ill. 1996), aff'd, 129 F.3d 971 (7th Cir. 1997)
- Avesta Sheffield, Inc. v. Olympic Continental Resources, LLC, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1670, (N.D. Ill., Feb. 14, 2000, Conlon, J.)
- Baytree National Bank & Trust Company v. Albert Paul Christensen, 2005 Bankr. LEXIS 1509 (N.D. Ill. Bankr., Aug. 12, 2005, Goldgar, J.)
- Walters v. Department of Labor, 356 Ill. App. 3d 785, 826 N.E.2d 979 (1st Dist. 2005).