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Mitchell L. Marinello










  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment and Non-Compete Disputes
  • Partnership and Closely Held Corporation Disputes
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Real Estate Litigation


Mitch is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience in handling business and professional disputes in the courts and through arbitration and mediation.  He provides his clients with services ranging from skilled representation in court to practice advice on how to comply with the law, improve business practices, or resolve a dispute quickly at a reasonable cost.  Click here for a  full biography.

 The following engagements are examples of Mitch’s experience.

 Contract Disputes 

      • Helped obtain settlements totaling approximately $200 million in actions for breach of contract against a Fortune 500 company that managed a chemical plant that exploded.
      • Analyzed and reported on a Fortune 100 company’s potential liability for an allegedly defective component used in hundreds of thousands of computer hard drives.
      • Won a favorable settlement for a food ingredients supplier seeking to enforce a long-term contract governed by the United Nations Convention on the Sale of International Goods.
      • Defended and prosecuted claims involving purchase or sale contracts for electrical transformers used to operate light rail, sea containers, electrical switches and doors used on subway cars, coal, steel, natural gas, paint, wine, perfume, cloth and clothing.

Real Estate Litigation

      • Represented the State of Illinois in a suit for defective construction of a university library.
      • Represented the manager of ten residential complexes with more than 13,000 units, winning damages for the wrongful termination of its management contract.
      • Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement from the owner of an LLC who reneged on a contract to buy a commercial building
      • Won a trial that enabled a Fortune 500 company to share in a multimillion dollar eminent domain award
      • Successfully defended a company at trial from being forced to sell its warehouse to an unscrupulous buyer.

Partnership and Closely Held Corporation Disputes

      • Defended the managing partner of a real estate partnership against claims of mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty.
      • Enabled an investor to exercise conversion rights, vote his new shares and exercise control over a profitable retail company despite fierce opposition.
      • Represented wealthy family members in a dispute over control of a profitable family business.
      • Obtained a favorable settlement for an entertainment company in a suit to gain control of a closely held corporation with significant business assets.

Professional Liability Defense

      • Defended a major law firm in an action involving alleged malpractice relating to the entry of a $17 million default judgment against its former client.
      • Defended a major law firm in an action involving alleged malpractice in tax and estate planning.
      • Defended a major law firm in alleged malpractice involving an employee stock ownership plan.
      • Represented law firms and individual attorneys in disputes with partners who resigned or were asked to resign, including issues concerning the solicitation of clients, allocation of income, return of capital, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Employment and Non-Compete Disputes

      • Represented the State of Illinois in disputes involving employee terminations and alleged Rutan violations.
      • Successfully defended a Chicago manufacturer against Wage Payment Act claims brought by its former President.
      • Represented senior executives in a variety of industries who wished to change firms or start their own businesses and were threatened with litigation based on non-compete or confidentiality agreements.
      • Represented businesses in several different industries seeking to enforce non-compete agreements and rights to trade secrets or confidential information.

Arbitration and Mediation

Mitch has served as an arbitrator and mediator in more than 175 commercial cases.  He frequently chairs three-person arbitration panels. His cases include both national and international business disputes and involve such matters as:

      • manufacturing and sale of goods, including industrial products, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and foods.
      • intellectual property, patents and trade secrets, including medical devices.
      • employment matters, including class actions.
      • unfair competition, and non-compete and non-solicitation provisions.
      • construction, sale and leasing of buildings and factories.

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      • Wesleyan University (B.A. 1976), with Honors, Magna Cum Laude
      • The Thomas J. Watson Foundation (Fellow, 1976-1977)
      • New York University Law School (J.D. 1980), Senior Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board


      • Illinois
      • New York
      • Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      • United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Second Circuits
      • United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Western District of Michigan

Click here and scroll down for a full biography with more engagement summaries, speeches and publications and media coverage.

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