McBride Law Offices has achieved success for hundreds of Clients since it opened its doors in 2010. To the extent they are not subject to confidentiality restrictions, the following is a selection of a few of those success stories:
Represented 37 Clients who were defrauded by the “King of All Real Estate” after purchasing what they believed to be condo-hotels in Florida. After a Cook County Judge dismissed the lawsuit on May 19, 2016, on September 27, 2017, the Illinois Appellate Court unanimously reversed the Trial Judge’s dismissal. Agreeing with Mr. McBride’s arguments, the Appellate Opinion also included a strongly worded Special Concurrence reciting the strong evidence discovered by Mr. McBride while investigating the fraud. The case is now pending and will be set for trial in late 2018 or early 2019. The Appellate Opinion can be located through the following link: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/R23_Orders/AppellateCourt/2017/1stDistrict/1161769_R23.pdf
McBride Law Offices, P.C. successfully resisted summary judgment in a case involving multi-million dollar claims against a Trustee. The Trustee sought dismissal claiming he had acted properly by terminating two Trusts in May of 2016, and also claimed no assets remained in either Trust. Through further investigation, and after the Trustee believed the Firm had concluded its investigation, Mr. McBride was able to discover that a $1 million Insurance Policy was still in existence and that the Trustee was making effort to conceal the continued viability of the Policy. Mr. McBride also discovered, that despite the Trustee’s claims that he had not profited from the Trusts, sums of money had been transferred and were missing.
The Court denied the Trustee’s efforts to dismiss the case, allowed Mr. McBride to expand his Client’s claims in an amended filing, and the matter is proceeding forward. The amended filing added the Trustee’s Law Firm as a Defendant and alleges the defense Firm conspired to conceal the existence of the Policy, the details of the Trust, and other assets which were to benefit the Client. Due to the larger size of the case, and since settlement efforts have faield to date, the Firm has partnered with a larger Chicago Law Firm, at no additional cost to the Client. If necessary, McBride Law Offices, and its partnered Firm, are prepared to prosecute the case through trial to ensure justice is served.
After successfully negotiating a severance agreement for a Client in late 2016, the Employer attempted to short the Employee on his 401k distribution, claiming the reduced payment was discretionary. After a brief investigation, McBride Law Offices concluded the reduced payment was likely in retaliation for insisting uopn certain rights in his severance agreement. After demanding full payment, and to avoid litigation threatened by Mr. McBride, the Employer paid the Firm Client in full.
As trial approached, Mr. McBride was able to settle a case filed on behalf of an Executive who had been terminated and not paid a significant severance owed under his Employment Agreement.
McBride Law Offices, P.C. represented a former Chief Executive Officer in a lawsuit against his former Company after they refused to pay severance and commissions owed to the CEO. The Company denied liability and threatened to file a counterclaim if the Firm filed suit. After suit was filed, McBride Law Offices, P.C. was able to successfully settle the suit without the need of proceeding through lengthy and expensive litigation. No counterclaim was filed.
McBride Law Offices, P.C. agreed to represent a small business in an inquiry being conducted by the United States Department of Labor with regard to its relationships with various independent contractors and their training.
After filing suit and litigating the matter, McBride Law Offices, P.C. obtained a judgment against an individual who stole money and customers from his own business partner. The Firm also successfully collected a portion of the judgment from the assets of the Defendant, despite his refusal to pay.
McBride Law Offices, P.C. represented a small local business against a Fortune 100 company after the Company allegedly breached a supply agreement. After the Defendant filed a counterclaim alleging fraud against the owner of the local business, the Firm was able to avoid lengthy litigation and negotiate a settlement of this large commercial contract dispute.
February 2016 – Nationwide and Allstate v. American Family Insurance Company Settlement
McBride Law Offices, P.C. was retained by Nationwide Property and Casualty Insurance Company and Allstate Insurance Company to pursue a spoliation claim, and approximately $1.2 million in damages against American Family Insurance Company. The case, Nationwide Property and Casualty, et al. v American Family Insurance Company, was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County at 2013 L 9597. All parties agreed that an automobile fire had caused a part of a condominium complex to suffer severe damage. The Complaint alleged that American Family had taken custody of the vehicle knowing it was material to potential litigation, but the disposed of the vehicle before Nationwide and/or Allstate’s experts could conduct sufficient testing with regard to the cause of the fire. The Complaint further alleged the destruction of the vehicle prevented Nationwide and Allstate from proving another party caused the fire. American Family denied liability. After nearly three years of extensive litigation, the Parties reached a settlement wherein American Family paid the Firm’s Clients a significant sum in return for dismissal of the lawsuit.
After threat of filing suit, McBride Law Offices, P.C. was successfully able to negotiate a severance agreement after an employee suffered a work related injury. When she attempted to return to work, she was informed that her position had been eliminated and the employer had hired a vendor to handle staffing of the position.
September 2015 – McBride Law Offices Prevails on Appeal
After winning in the trial court on behalf of its Client, a court reporting Company, the First District Appellate Court affirmed on appeal. The Appellate Court agreed that the trial court properly accepted the Firm’s argument: that the arbitration provision in the particular contract did not require the dispute to proceed through arbitration. The Court’s Opinion was unpublished and located at Kripas v. Capital Reporting, 2014 IL App (1st) 131924-U.
March 2015 – Caregiver Fraud
After the first trial witness was to testify in jury trial, a settlement was reached which required a Caregiver to return all of the property taken from the Decedent along with a significant amount of the funds taken.
The Caregiver claimed to be the Decedent’s Girlfriend, and during this period had taken all of the Decedent’s personal property, had him take out a home equity loan, and changed his life insurance policy beneficiary. McBride Law Offices represented the only son of the Decedent. During the investigation process, and after the Caregiver claimed the Decedent wished to disown his son, it was discovered the Caregiver had actually convinced the Decedent that he needed to take out the loan so his Caregiver could hide the funds from the Government if/when he fell ill.
McBride Law Offices challenged the Will and the alleged transfers made while the Decedent was alive. The settlement was only reached after jury instructions and exhibits had been submitted to the Court and trial was set to commence.
March 2015 – Chemical Spill – Property Damage
McBride Law Offices, P.C. settled a matter on behalf of a small business who had hired a contractor to dispose of hazardous chemicals. The Complaint alleged the contractor had negligently mixed chlorine based chemicals, causing gas to be released and ultimately resulting in an evacuation of the area surrounding the business. The contractor and its insurer denied liability, but the matter settled after deposition testimony called into question the asserted defenses.
McBride Law Offices represented a small business from out of state against a large retailer who canceled purchase orders for its product. The cancellation resulted in significant damage to the small business. After suit was filed, depositions were taken and the Defendant’s defenses were called into question. After initial settlement efforts failed, McBride Law Offices began readying for trial. After Subpoenas for were served on witnesses for trial, the matter then settled.
McBride Law Offices represented an elderly client who was accused of breaching his fiduciary duty and improperly using funds as Trustee of a Trust. The Firm was able to settle the case through mediation and the assistance of a retired Judge.
McBride Law Offices represented a former Employee of a large employment search Company. After the Employee quit, the Company accused him of plugging in a thumb drive and copying/stealing Company data and information. They also sought to restrict him from operating a competing business. Despite the serious nature of the allegations, McBride Law Offices filed a Motion to Dismiss challenging a variety of issues in the lawsuit. While the Motion was pending, the Company agreed to discuss settlement and consider dismissing its case. Indeed, after settlement negotiations, McBride Law Offices was able to reach an agreement to settle the litigation and allow the Client to operate his business without restriction.