University of Wisconsin-Madison,
University of Michigan-Flint,
B.A., English, with honors, 1986
Harvard Law School Executive Education “Leadership in Law Firms” Program, 2015
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
US Ct Appeals, 7th Circuit (IL, IN, WI)
US Ct Appeals, 6th Circuit (KY, MI, OH, TN)
US Ct Appeals, 9th Circuit (AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, Guam, M. Isles)
U.S. Supreme Court
The Economic Club of Chicago
(Member, Torts & Insurance Committee; Litigation Committee)
Defense Research Institute
Illinois State Bar Association
Listed in the Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-Present
Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2006; 2008-Present
Listed in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for General Commercial Litigation in Illinois, 2010-2014
40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, 2003
Thompson Coburn LLP
Chicago Office Managing Partner, 2013-Present
Vice-Chair, Business Litigation, 2012-Present
Coach, Palatine Baseball Association
Palatine Police Peer Jury Judge Administrator
Coach, Palatine Youth Baseball
Rotary Club of Palatine, 2003-2010
Secretary; Sergeant-At-Arms; President-elect; President; Board Member
Todd helps businesses solve some of their thorniest problems. He represents many of corporate America's largest financial services corporations, service companies and privately held businesses. Todd is also managing partner of Thompson Coburn's Chicago office and a vice-chair of the Firm's business litigation practice group.
As a skilled litigator and shrewd negotiator – who clients describe as both "tough" and "personable" – Todd builds and executes strategic business dispute resolution plans. Todd is a good listener who first gets to the root of his clients' business issues before recommending and deploying litigation strategies to achieve their goals.
Todd's clients include publicly traded companies, financial services clients, educational service companies, farmers council, real estate developers and small companies with business disputes, internal investigations and dispute resolution – including through early mediation and arbitration.
Todd has won consistent results in trials and appeals for clients in cases involving:
• Financial services fraud
• Agriculture and seed technology disputes
• Deceptive practices and business torts
• Complex contract disputes
• Preliminary injunctions
• Internal investigations for public and private clients
• Commercial loan enforcement
• Construction contracts
Todd has large and small-firm experience. Having run his own law practice before joining Thompson Coburn in 2007, Todd possesses an entrepreneurial spirit that drives his client service and Firm management roles. As office managing partner, Todd sits on the Firm's management and executive committees and is responsible for overseeing the strategic growth of the Chicago office and its integration with the rest of the Firm.
Obtained a jury verdict in less than 30 minutes after a three-day trial that awarded the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the Mid-America Research and Development Foundation more than $600,000 in their case against a former executive who wrongfully profited from contracts for valuable soybean technologies.
Obtained a preliminary injunction to stop a remaining LLC member of a biotech software company from siphoning company revenues and improperly converting intellectual property assets. Then, reached a favorable settlement over intellectual property ownership and revenues, giving full ownership to client.
In one of the largest individual check fraud scams, obtained a precedent-setting summary judgment victory on all counts for Citibank in a multimillion-dollar altered check case against American National Insurance Co. The court held that because ANICO was not the payee on the checks, it lacked standing to recover from Citibank.
Ending a 10-year business dispute, obtained a six-figure trial judgment against a prominent home builder who a court found breached a settlement agreement that removed his ownership stake in an exclusive $100 million resort development on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
Todd Rowden discusses $600,000 verdict for Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council;
RFD-TV Market Day Report, June 29, 2016
"Use of Receivers to Sell Foreclosure Properties - Real Estate Litigation," 85-93 Aspatore Books from Thomson Reuters Westlaw (2012)(co-authored with David B. Altman)
"Managing Title Issues Affecting Lien Enforcement";
Presented to CitiMortgage, Inc., O'Fallon, Missouri, May 14, 2015
Winter Commencement Address, Keynote Speaker, University of Michigan-Flint;
December 14, 2014
"Ethics and Governance Best Practices";
Presented to Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, February 12, 2014
"Overview of Commercial Lending, Guaranties and Recent Defenses";
Presented to Citibank, N.A. Irving, Texas, January 15, 2014
"Topical Legal Updates";
Presented to CitiMortgage, Inc., Consumer Litigation Group, O'Fallon, Missouri, October 9, 2013
"Bank Fraud: Investigations, Civil Litigation and UCC Overview";
Presentation at Cook County State's Attorney's Office Regional Organized Crime 2013 Training and Annual Conference, Hamburger University at McDonald 's Campus, Oakbrook, Illinois, July 30, 2013
"Overview of 2012 Financial Scams and Trends - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update";
Presented to Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, January 16, 2013
"Navigating Your Business Through the Home Affordable Modification Program ('HAMP')";
Presented to CitiMortgage, Inc. Consumer Litigation Group, O’Fallon, Missouri, October 9, 2012
"Bank as Check Payee - The Risks";
Presented to Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, March 14, 2012
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