Our lawyers have been lead counsel or co-counsel in some of the most important cases in Illinois.
We are a ten-lawyer firm that focuses its practice on commercial litigation, including appeals, and government affairs. Our clients have included individuals, partnerships, major corporations, and some of the leading lawyers and law firms in Chicago. Virtually all of our engagements come to us through referral or recommendation by other lawyers or law firms.
Our firm successfully represented then-candidate (now Chicago’s mayor) and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, when his residency and right to seek the Office of Mayor was challenged. The case was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court of Illinois, Maksym v. Board of Election Commissioners of the City of Chicago, 242 Ill. 2d 303 (2011). We, along with two major Chicago law firms, represented Philip Morris in the Supreme Court of Illinois in its successful appeal of a record $10 billion judgment. Price v. Philip Morris, Inc., 219 Ill. 2d 182 (2005). Our representation in that matter continues in another appeal presently before the Illinois Supreme Court.
We represented the Chicago Board of Trade in resolving litigation between groups of members allowing CBOT to demutualize. The firm also played an active role in the historic merger of CBOT with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. We have represented a number of corporations in defending shareholder derivative actions, including the Chicago Board of Trade and Commonwealth Edison Company. We have defended corporate officers and directors in cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and in private actions, including the chief accounting officer of Waste Management, Inc. We have represented plaintiffs and defendants in substantial products liability cases. We have represented, in several different cases, the Federal Judges Association, the Illinois Judges Association, and the President of the Illinois Senate and Speaker of the Illinois House in obtaining salaries unconstitutionally withheld by the executive and/or legislative branches of federal and state government.
Our principals are Kevin M. Forde and Michael K. Forde. Kevin Forde is a former president of the Chicago Bar Association and an elected Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trials Lawyers, and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been selected, by peer vote, to the Best Lawyers in America. More detailed biographical information regarding Kevin Forde can be found HERE.
Michael K. Forde was a member of the litigation group at Mayer Brown LLP for 13 years, including seven years as a partner, and was a co-chair of that firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for six years. He also serves as the Chairman of the Illinois International Port District, a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. More detailed biographical information regarding Michael Forde can be found HERE.
Attorneys from our firm have been the subject of several articles in Leading Lawyers magazine, including:
- Kevin Forde and Michael Forde: Fathers Practicing with Sons, Law Day 2015 Edition
- Joanne Rouzan Driscoll: Her Leadership Pays Off for Clients and Peers, Women’s Edition, March 2015
- The Fordes: A Legacy of Litigators, Business Edition, Fall 2010
Joanne R. Driscoll was selected, by peer vote, as one of the top five women civil appellate lawyers in Illinois. She has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer for civil appellate law since 2010. She is the immediate past president of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association. More detailed biographical information regarding Joanne Driscoll can be found HERE.
Brian P. O’Meara was a partner at McGuire Woods LLP in the firm’s financial services litigation group. Brian was selected as an Illinois Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine.
References from individual and corporate clients are available upon request.
Please feel free to contact any of our lawyers for further information about our practice.