When You Need a Lawyer Who Will Fight for You

High Stakes Litigation

What happens when a dispute arises that may cost you your company? Hopefully, it never happens to you, but in our experience it can happen even to the best-managed and best-prepared companies. Perhaps something completely unexpected. Such as:

  • A major customer refuses to pay; now you can't pay your bills
  • A major vendor supplies sub-standard products; now you can't sell to you clients
  • A salesperson leaves with your best customers
  • An employee steals your trade secrets
  • A competitor spreads false information about you in your marketplace
  • A major catastrophe occurs; you aren't insured adequately

The bottom line of these problems is that they can ruin your company if they are not handled correctly.

Here at The Collins Law Firm, our commercial litigation attorneys are accustomed to these high-stakes problems. We understand the need for: quick and decisive action; working effectively with business decision makers--often round-the-clock while the emergency persists; discretion and sensitivity--the public revelation of the problem is often more damaging than the problem itself.

Our high stakes litigation attorneys also understand the need for a strategy beyond the courtroom. These kinds of business problems often have many important audiences in addition to the judge and jury. In our experience, those audiences can include any or all of the following, who are often intensely interested in whether your company is going to survive:

  • media-mainstream and trade;
  • employees;
  • owners/investors;
  • customers and vendors;
  • competition; and
  • government regulators.

Through our experience in helping our clients successfully navigate these "bet-your-business" problems, we have developed strategies that blend the right messaging for these audiences with the correct legal strategy, so that your business can keep functioning with minimal disruption, while your legal dispute is making its way through the courts.

We also recognize that many of these high stakes disputes must be resolved far sooner than the 2-3 years that most cases take to wend their way through the courts. That is why we have successfully sought quicker resolutions-sometimes within weeks or months, instead of years. We do this by using requests for injunctions, and aggressive motion practice designed to clear away the "noise" in a case, and get quickly to the typically one or two things that really matter.

For decades, Collins Law Firm lawyers have handled these kinds of bet-the-company cases throughout Illinois, and even the country. Our business litigation attorneys represent clients large and small; public and private; before arbitration and mediation panels; and before trial and appellate courts. We are as creative and aggressive as the circumstances require, and the law allows. Our aim is to get your business back up and on its feet, or keep it there, so that you can keep doing what you do best.

These kinds of problems are stressful and expensive in many ways. So much is at stake. Your business. Your reputation. Your financial security for your family. We understand that. We've taken our clients through that turbulence many times before. And what we've come to learn is that, at times like these, you need not only a successful outcome, and sooner rather than later, but you also need the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are in the right hands. At The Collins Law Firm, you will know you are in the right hands from the first moment. We know what we're doing. We've been there before.

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Client Reviews
★★★★★
Shawn Collins is a very talented lawyer, as are all the attorneys on his team. I've known and worked with Shawn for more that 30 years. Not only is he a top notch technical litigator but his communication skills are second to none. If anyone I know is ever in need of an attorney, Shawn is my very first recommendation. He gives very solid advice that goes beyond the law. He is someone you can trust to tell you the truth so you are not lead astray in the complex legal world. You really can't find a better advocate. E.M.
★★★★★
We were incredibly satisfied with our experience with The Collins Law Firm. We worked closely with Ed Manzke and found that he had a personal touch and truly got to know us in addition to being knowledgeable and effective in his field. The caring and individual attitude helped us tremendously throughout the entire process and we always felt like our case was in safe hands. We would highly recommend The Collins Law Firm for both its stellar work and dedicated employees. M.A.
★★★★★
My father recommended The Collins Law Firm to me after watching Shawn Collins and Ed Manzke at trial representing Lisle residents against Lockformer. For years, he told us courtroom tales about Shawn and Ed, citing their incredible skill as trial lawyers and how they put the huge Lockformer legal team to shame. So when my son was the victim of a wrongful death, they were my first and only choice. I can't say enough to truly express how grateful I am to The Collin's Law Firm for all that they did for me and my family. This amazing team advocated for me in my darkest moments, surpassing my expectations in every way. I will be forever grateful to Shawn and Ed. K.D.
★★★★★
I have worked with Rob, Shawn and The Collins Law Firm team in connection with both complex business transactions and litigation over the past several years. Shawn is far and away the best business litigation attorney I have worked with. Rob has been our lead attorney on M&A and corporate restructures, and he has delivered each time, and on time. I would highly recommend Rob to get the deal done! W.D.
★★★★★
Rob has been our out-side General Counsel for ten years. As a business with a global presence, it is important that we have the very best legal representation. Rob and the team have guided us through litigation battles, negotiating and drafting our important business contracts, and advising us in our business strategies. He has a great team of lawyers working with him. M.F.