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Rob Lang


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Rob resolves business disputes and has done so for more than 20 years. Rob concentrates in the following areas:

• Disputes between business partners as to governance, valuation, fiduciary and other issues. These cases are sometimes called "business divorces." Rob has represented minority owners, majority owners, management and the company in such claims. Rob's successful results for his clients have been reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, the Gary Post-Tribune and other media. Rob has taken his litigation experience and counseled clients how to best avoid disputes in the first place, through thoughtful drafting of shareholder, operating and partnership agreements, as well as other preemptive measures.

• Trusts and estates litigation. Representation of executors, trustees and beneficiaries, including the prosecution and defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims against executors and trustees, citations to discover and recover assets, undue influence claims, tortious interference with testamentary expectancy and trust accounting actions.

• Disputes between employers and their former employees over restrictive covenants, such as noncompete and trade secrets clauses

• Disputes involving real estate, such as those involving claims by brokers, lenders, buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, contractors and others

• Disputes between oil and gas operators and their contractors

• Prosecution and defense of intellectual property claims in the areas of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets

• Disputes between manufacturers and their suppliers

• Other contract disputes

Rob's clients have been individuals, privately-held and publicly-traded companies. Rob has represented clients in the manufacturing, health care, technology, staffing, energy, financial services, real estate, construction, professional services, logistics, advertising and hospitality industries, amongst others. Rob has tried numerous cases to verdict or final judgment, and has also prosecuted and defended multiple motions for temporary restraining order, motions for preliminary injunction and other emergency actions.

Rob received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his law degree from Wake Forest University. Rob is involved in community affairs, and was privileged to receive the 2011 "Hero of the Year" Award for his pro bono work from Marklund, a facility for the severely-disabled in the Chicago suburbs. Rob is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Lang's representations have included first chair jury trial and arbitration experience including the following examples:

Winning on appeal for physician-clients in precedent setting non-compete case. See, Northwest Podiatry Center, Ltd. v. Ochwat, 2013 Il App (1st) 120458.

Obtaining temporary restraining order and then an injunction after a three week trial on behalf of oppressed doctors whose opponents attempted to lock them out of their membership and management interests in a physician-owned hospital

Obtaining a not guilty judgment at trial for a client accused of misappropriating corporate assets

Obtaining a judgment in favor of an oppressed shareholder as to a valuation dispute involving a privately held company

Obtaining a not guilty arbitration award for a general partner to a large real estate venture as to a multi-million dollar claim brought by several well-known professional athletes including several NBA All-Stars

Obtaining a judgment after a trial for a partner who was a shareholder in an automobile dealership business where his client was awarded money damages as well as attorney's fees as an exception to the "American Rule" which generally does not allow successful plaintiffs to recover attorney's fees

Obtaining not guilty verdicts for a public transportation entity in personal injury lawsuits, successfully winning a counterclaim for his client in one of those cases

Winning a dismissal upon summary judgment in federal court for his client in defending a large claim for breach of an alleged stock purchase agreement

Obtaining a summary judgment in a $25 million claim for a commercial lender, defeating the borrowers' lender-liability claims

Obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement for a publicly-traded food distributor in its claim against a publicly-traded restaurant chain for breach of a master distribution agreement

Obtaining a dismissal upon summary judgment for a publicly-traded client in defending a commercial eviction claim

Representing licensees of technology as to license agreement disputes, including those involving alleged royalties due the licensor

Obtaining a favorable settlement for an internationally-known charitable organization where a decedent's heirs challenged his bequest to the charity

Obtaining a settlement for a well-known charity in a large breach of contract case.

Obtaining a settlement in an intra-family dispute as to a well-known "green" cleaning products company, involving corporate governance, intellectual property and estate planning issues.


"Judges Giving Departing Doctors New Leverage";
Crain's Chicago Business, July 18, 2013

"Stormy Seas for Businesses That Neglect 'Divorce-Proofing' Shareholder Agreements";
The Wealth Counsel Quarterly, July 2013

"Corporate Governance Issues from a Litigator's Perspective";
E-book published by ExecSense, January 2013

"The Facilitated Buy-Sell Agreement";
XPX Boston, Babson College, May 10, 2012

"Marklund Announced 2011 Hero Award Recipients";
Daily Herald, May 24, 2011

Woodrum/ASD Sues Former Clients in Indiana; Courts will Decide Who's Entitled to Sale Proceeds and Management Fees;
Outpatient Surgery Magazine, March 1, 2010

"Brown's Chicken Co-Founder Ordered to Pay Former Co-Owner to Buy Out Shares";
Chicago Sun Times, February 18, 2010

"Brown's Chicken Owner Liable for Buying Out Partner, Judge Says";
Crain's Chicago Business, February 18, 2010

"Legal Fight Between Owners Leads to Brown's Chicken Chain Bankruptcy";
Chicago Tribune, December 31, 2009

"Brown's Chicken Files for Chapter 11, Brought Down by Lawsuit";
Crain's Chicago Business, December 30, 2009

"Judge: Pinnacle Founder Wronged";
Gary Post-Tribune, November 2008

"Judge Backs Singh in Pinnacle Suit";
Gary Post-Tribune, November 22, 2008

"More Plot Twist in Pinnacle Case";
Gary Post-Tribune, September 9, 2008

"Pinnacle Docs Hurl Accusations in Court";
Gary Post-Tribune, September 4, 2008