Samuel J. Schumer

Tel  312-461-4311
Fax   312-987-9854

Sam Schumer concentrates his law practice in the area of commercial litigation. Sam handles both state and federal litigation involving, among other things, contract disputes, business torts, commercial loan enforcement (including commercial foreclosures and machinery/equipment repossession), construction and mechanics lien disputes, and sales and lending transactions governed by the Uniform Commercial Code.

Sam also regularly represents and counsels clients throughout the negotiation, structuring, and consummation of back-end commercial lending transactions, including commercial loan workouts, deed-in-lieu agreements, and note/mortgage assignments and sales.

Sam was named a "Rising Star" in the area of Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was likewise honored as an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co., in 2015 and 2016.

Representative Matters:

  • Solo-chaired trial in commercial loan enforcement matter in Illinois state court resulting in entry of $1.3 million judgment in favor of client and complete defeat of defendant’s defenses and counterclaims related to breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing, and promissory estoppel.
  • Defended general contractor in Illinois state court lawsuit filed by developer challenging mechanics lien and related work at mixed-use construction project in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Developer’s claims included breach of contract, slander of title, and fraud. After extensive discovery leading to client’s filing of motion for summary judgment, the matter settled very favorably for client due to substantial leverage created by pending dispositive motion.
  • Successfully defended former executive of real estate development/management company at trial in lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court alleging violations of the U.S. False Claims Act and retaliation. 
  • Represented mid-market bank in successful replevin action filed in Illinois state court to repossess and liquidate food processing and packaging machinery and equipment pledged as loan collateral. 
  • Successfully represented manufacturer of consumer power tools in U.S. District Court and in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in an action brought by a terminated distributor alleging violation of state franchise/distributor protection laws, common law torts, and breach of contract. 
  • Solo-chaired trial on behalf of owner/operator of real estate development company sued by former executive in Illinois state court for alleged violations of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act on account of purported unpaid bonus compensation. Judgment entered in client’s favor on all counts, exonerating client of all alleged liability.


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