Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg

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Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg is a Chicago-based firm equipped with a team of more than 30 trial lawyers. The team actively represents some of the largest corporations and institutions at both the local and national level. “Barack Ferrazzano is an exceptional litigation firm whose attorneys are skilled litigators. I have consistently found someone at the firm with the experience that I need and the skill set to handle my dispute/issue. Not only are the attorney’s top-notch, but I have also found all of them to be nice people as well,” voices a client. 

Roger Stetson serves as practice chair of the firm’s commercial litigation group, as well as a partner of within the commercial competition, real estate, financial institutions, and manufacturing, distribution and franchising groups. Stetson’s recent expertise includes defending GreatBanc Trust Company in a putative class action brought by eight individuals, most of whom sold stock in EYP in 2015 and 2016 in exchange for promissory notes. The plaintiffs allege that GreatBanc conspired with certain EYP directors and the equity firm Long Point to overvalue EYP’s stock in connection with the 2016 Employee Stock Ownership Plan transaction. This matter represents over $20 million in exposure to the defendants in an action before the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Assisting on the matter is future star and highly regarded litigator Nicholas CallahanOne peer declares, “Nick Callahan at Barack Ferrazzano – [has] really proven himself in real estate cases and structured finance.” Callahan also advocates alongside Stetson in another recent putative class action brought by a member of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) who alleges that GreatBanc, as trustee of the ESOP, violated ERISA by allowing the ESOP to overpay for EYP’s stock in the 2016 transaction that created the ESOP, thereby harming members of the ESOP, who are the putative class members. Callahan, who splits his time between the Chicago and Minneapolis offices of the firm, has garnered significant first-chair trial experience over the years. Seasoned litigator Robert Shapiro remains active in commercial, international property, retail, antitrust, and class action litigation. He is active on the team representing two of six defendants, Louis Vuitton and Loro Piana, in a putative class action that alleges the defendants entered into “no-hire agreements” with the purpose and effect of restraining competition and compensation in the purported market for luxury retail employees.  The matter is currently pending.