Business Law and Franchise Counsel Chicago Attorney

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Mr. Kaplan works with a variety of individuals and businesses, from large corporations to family-owned and closely-held companies, to resolve disputes involving numerous types of general business and corporate law issues.

  • Contracts and business interference
  • Purchase and sale of business
  • Business ownership/partnership
  • Antitrust/unfair competition
  • Shareholder actions
  • Employment agreements/non-compete agreements
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Defamation
  • Intellectual property (trademarks and trade secrets)
  • Licensing agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Proxy fights and tender offers
  • Officers' and directors' liability
  • Shareholders' rights and derivative actions


  • Represented minority shareholders in an investment fraud involving the sale of securities and partnership interests in a restaurant.
  • Defended restaurant chain in actions brought by suppliers for non-payment and counterclaims for price fraud.
  • Defended companies in class actions alleging violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Card Transaction Act.
  • Defended food additive supplier in actions involving misidentified products and tariff claims.
  • Represented individuals against accountants and law firms providing unlawful tax shelter schemes.
  • Represented shareholders in actions to dissolve corporation for oppression by majority shareholders.
  • Represented the sole shareholder of a healthcare management services organization in an action against the purchaser of the corporation for breach of stock purchase agreement, stock pledge agreement and employment agreement, securities fraud and related claims. The action centered on whether the purchaser breached its obligation to pay the seller an earnout amount by shifting the focus of the corporation from its core operation to a new riskier venture, diminishing the corporation's profits and the earnout amount to be paid to the seller.
  • Defended the former president of an ink manufacturing company who resigned and started his own competing company. His former employer sought an injunction and damages, alleging breach of a non-compete agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Counseled the shareholders of a closely held corporation in an action against a dissident director to set aside the corporation's unanimity provision in its by-laws, or to set aside the dissident director's vote against the approval of certain corporate financial actions.
  • Represented a billion-dollar office supply company in nationwide litigation involving breach of employment agreements, fiduciary duties and protection of confidential information.
  • Counseled an insurance agency in disputes involving trade secrets, confidential information and agency agreements.
  • Represented investors in actions to recover sums converted by investment partnerships and other ventures.