Litigation

Business & Commercial Litigation

Business & Commercial Litigation

Commercial Litigation Lawyers in Illinois – Tenacious Representation of Businesses in Lawsuits

Although Chicago Area Business Litigation Attorney Richard J. Arendt offers legal counsel and crafts contracts designed to mitigate litigation risks, our law firm is prepared to aggressively represent our clients’ interest in litigation of commercial disputes. We recognize that even the most skillfully business planning and drafting of business agreements cannot insulate a company from all exposure to lawsuits. Business litigation takes many forms including breach of contract and non-performance of duties that arise from statute or operation of law.

Mr. Arendt has extensive litigation skills and expertise founded on 38 years of legal experience. Our Illinois business litigation law firm operates based on the principle that the most effective commercial litigation strategy is to prepare cases with the anticipation of proceeding to trial. While Mr. Arendt often strives to resolve business disputes through alternative dispute resolution approaches that include negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, he engages in a thorough investigation, review, and analysis of relevant documents, facts, and other evidence. The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt has built its reputation with our peers and professional organizations based on obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements as well as defense verdicts for our clients in complex business litigation.

Mr. Arendt represents businesses of all forms of commercial litigation, including Fortune 500 companies, medium size businesses, small closely held family companies, and government entities. We recognize the importance of understanding our clients’ business and industry when pursuing their goals in litigated disputes. Our law firm is prepared to represent businesses in a broad range of sectors of our economy that include manufacturing, high-tech, web-based businesses, communications, insurance companies, health care providers, consumer-retail companies, financial services, and many others. Our representation of businesses in many industries has furnished Mr. Arendt with the knowledge of a wide array of industry specific regulations, standards, and established practices. Although we handle the full spectrum of commercial litigation issues, examples of some of the cases we handle include:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Anti-Trust and Trade Regulations
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Tortious Interference with Contractual Relations
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Lender Liability Claims
  • Securities Litigation (including investor/broker fraud)
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Injunction Practice
  • RICO and Consumer Protection Litigation
  • Real Estate and Tax Assessment
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Partnership Disputes Involving Accounting
  • Officer and Director Breach of Fiduciary Duties
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Non-Disturbance and Non-Circumvention Agreements

As an Illinois business litigation lawyer, Richard J. Arendt has developed a reputation that puts our clients’ adversaries on notice that we are prepared to seek relief at trial if we do not reach a favorable settlement. Our success in obtaining significant verdicts and settlements combined with our willingness to litigate cases at trial allows our law firm to negotiate business disputes from a position of strength. Our commercial litigation law firm merges the sophistication and quality legal counsel of large Chicago law firms with the individual attention, economy, and dedication of a small firm.

We invite you to schedule an initial consultation with Richard J. Arendt so that we can discuss your business dispute and discuss litigation and non-litigation solutions. Our business law firm handles litigation matters in the greater Chicagoland area as well as the following Counties: Cook County, Du Page County, Will County, Lake County, McHenry County, Kane County, and Boone County.


Tax Litigation


Probate & Trust Litigation

Illinois Contested Probate & Trust Proceedings

When you are represented by Illinois Probate Litigation Attorney Richard J. Arendt, you benefit from our success representing beneficiaries, heirs, trustees, executors and other parties involved in trust or probate litigation. While estate planning documents like trusts and wills are designed to provide a roadmap for the orderly disposition of a person’s financial legacy to loved ones, charities, and family, these documents might not reflect the intention of a spouse or parent who passes away. Litigation might be necessary when aging parents lack the mental capacity to know what they want. Similarly, excessive persuasion might lead to manipulation or coercion of a parent who is creating a legacy succession document that is inconsistent with his or her intentions.

Effective Representation in the Full Scope of Trust Challenges & Will Contests

Mr. Arendt has the skill and expertise to construct well-crafted estate planning documents designed to mitigate the risk of litigation. However, our law firm handles contested probate and trust disputes from the inception of the probate process to the distribution of assets to heirs and beneficiaries. Because Mr. Arendt has nearly four decades of legal experience, he handles the full range of probate and trust litigation matters.

At the Law Office of Ricard J. Arendt, we recognize that disputed probate and trust issues can tear families apart and create permanent animosity between surviving loved ones. Mr. Arendt endeavors to diffuse conflict and negotiate a settlement of such claims where this is an appropriate outcome. Mr. Arendt uses his vast experience to diffuse conflict when appropriate and to tenaciously protect his client’s rights when forceful and effective litigation is the best strategy.

Skillful Representation in Litigation Involving a Breach of Fiduciary Duty & Contested Estate Matters

Trust and probate litigation is a specialized area of law which makes it important to work with a law firm that regularly handles the special factual and legal issues that arise in will and trust litigation. Effective litigation of these issues requires a thorough knowledge of probate procedure and law, litigation rules and procedures, and other areas of Illinois law. Mr. Arendt has extensive experience with a wide range of issues that arise in the context of contested proceedings involving trust and probate matters which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Proceedings Involving Invalidation of Will and Trust Documents
  • Contested Probate
  • Undue Influence
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • Trust Contest
  • Fraud
  • Codicil Contest
  • Lack of Capacity
  • Trust Amendment Contest
  • Termination (Modification) of Trust Documents
  • Disposition of Trust Property upon Termination
  • Modification/Termination of Trust Based on Consent of Beneficiaries
  • Modification/Termination Based on Changed Circumstances
  • Claims Against Executors and Trustees
  • Actions to Remove the Trustee/Executor
  • Compelling a Trustee/Executor to Account
  • Obtaining Will or Trust Information
  • Prohibited Transferee Care Custodians
  • Action to Surcharge Trustee/Executor

While the probate and trust administration process is designed to furnish an orderly method of transferring an individual’s financial legacy to loved ones, improper conduct by interested parties, the incapacity of the decedent, or faulty document preparation can make it necessary to engage in litigation. Because Richard J. Arendt has extensive experience both in estate planning and litigation of contested wills and trusts, he is uniquely qualified to fight for the inheritance of heirs and beneficiaries. Mr. Arendt also can investigate to uncover improper conduct that jeopardizes the value of a family’s financial legacy when a trustee or executor violates his or her fiduciary duties.

Chicago Area Trust and Probate Litigation Attorney Richard J. Arendt protects the interests of his clients through diligent effort, innovative litigation strategies, and persuasive advocacy. We offer a no obligation free consultation so that we can evaluate your situation and answer your questions.