Commercial litigation requires an intelligent plan of action to protect your business interests. We’re experienced in business disputes with employees, vendors, competitors, franchisors, or business partners.

Business Disputes

Experienced Trial and Appellate Business Litigators

Commercial disputes strike at the heart of your business and threaten to destroy all that you have built. Vendors who don’t pay your bills affect your cash flow. Partner disputes focus energy on personal goals rather than growing the business. Defamatory comments on social media sites like Facebook and Yelp scar the reputation you have worked so hard to build. Long-time employees who leave your company attempt to seize control of clients you have spent years to develop. Thousands of dollars in marketing is swept away by trademark and copyright infringement.

We have been in the thick of all these disputes, both at trial and at the appellate level. Commercial litigation requires an aggressive yet thoughtful and intelligent plan of action to accomplish the goal of protecting your business interests. We believe that our role for our clients is to advise them on all aspects of a case, pro and con, in what often proves to be an incredibly emotional period. We also understand the procedural differences required by commercial cases and act swiftly in securing injunctive relief when timing is critical to secure your rights.

As an experienced commercial litigation attorney serving the DuPage County and Kane County area, we can help if your business faces a dispute such as:

  • Shareholders’ derivate suits
  • Trademark and copyright infringement
  • Violations of confidentiality and noncompete agreements
  • Unfair competition and trade secret claims
  • Labor and employment disputes
  • Defamation and commercial disparagement
  • Mechanic’s or broker’s liens
  • Fraud and breach of fiduciary claims
  • Franchise disputes
  • Government bid disputes
  • Contract law and contract issues

Before entering into what could be an expensive and time-consuming process, you need to consider whether litigation is an appropriate course of action for your dispute. At Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C. we can help you carefully and realistically evaluate your options towards reaching an amicable settlement or proceeding toward litigation in state or federal court. Commercial litigation involves a variety of contractual and legal disputes requiring an experienced attorney. We strive to provide personal representation to each of our clients, recognizing the changing issues that arise when dealing with different industries and when litigating claims involving private companies versus public entities. We have extensive trial experience before state and federal agencies and courts and are able to handle your case through appeal.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Aggressive Representation to Protect Against Losses of Your Valuable Intellectual Property

Imagine opening a new business only to receive a cease and desist letter claiming your company violated a large corporation’s trademark rights or copyright. Consider the devastating impact of hiring talented employees to develop the latest innovations and products only to have them walk out and take that information to a competitor. Calculate the cost of years of marketing efforts to finally reap the profits for which you have worked so hard, only to have other companies lift your content wholesale for their own purposes.

Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C. represents businesses in litigation involving attacks on their intellectual property, including trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secrets and confidentiality agreement violations, and violations of non-compete agreements. IP litigation requires swift and thoughtful action to protect your company’s intellectual property rights. Our attorneys have trial and appellate experience before state and federal courts in Illinois, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”), and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Our representation includes prosecution and defense of cases involving:


  • Trademark infringement under the Lanham Act and state laws
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB
  • Appeals of TTAB rulings before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Copyright infringement of registered and unregistered copyrights
  • Copyright infringement involving purported BitTorrent swarm activity

Trade Secrets

  • Temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions for violations of non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Trade secrets violations under the Illinois Trade Secrets Act
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights under franchise agreements and licensing agreements

To discuss representation of your business in intellectual property litigation, please contact the Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates through this Web site or by calling (630) 230-8434.

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