Mark Stang, owner of the Stang Law Firm, enjoys a diverse litigation practice. He has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as proceedings before state and local government agencies, and has argued several appeals in Illinois and Ohio. He represents a broad range of clients in civil litigation in a wide variety of areas, including those discussed below..
Mr. Stang has litigated numerous matters involving sales, commercial paper and secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as business contract litigation, ranging from internet website development and marketing litigation (Mr. Stang deposed Yahoo co- founder David Filo for seven hours) to warranty claim litigation concerning structural defects in jet aircraft. He has experience in defending preference actions and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts.
Mr. Stang has defended wrongful death, personal injury, and property damage claims arising from aviation, maritime, railway, and trucking accidents. Mr. Stang secured a $10.1 million judgment in Mitsui Rail Capital v. The American Coal Co., a lease dispute over corrosion damage to hundreds of Illinois basin coal cars, in a two-week trial before Chancery Judge Peter Flynn. After the First District affirmed, Mr. Stang collected $14 million for Mitsui, including 18% contractual post-judgment interest and attorney’s fees.
Mr. Stang’s aviation litigation practice has included insurance coverage issues arising from millions of dollars in damage to business aircraft and parts inventories as a result of storm related hangar roof collapses, and defending wrongful death claims from an airliner crash in Indonesia (for which Mr. Stang deposed family members of deceased passengers in Singapore). Mr. Stang has also defended aerial applicators (popularly known as “crop-dusters’) in enforcement actions by the Illinois EPA.
Mr. Stang has defended qui tam, eminent domain, re-zoning, and annexation cases (including preventing the Village of Marseilles from annexing Com Ed’s LaSalle Nuclear Station, enabling ComEd to avoid $5 million in annual local property taxes), and has prosecuted eminent domain, building, zoning, and life safety code enforcement actions. Mr. Stang has represented corporate and individual landowners in land use matters before municipal commissions and boards (including siting an Ameritech cell tower beside the Wilmette, Illinois village hall). He has tried several injunction cases that required greatly expedited discovery and sharply focused trial preparation.
Mr. Stang has defended private and public employers against claims of race and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, AIDS discrimination, politically-motivated termination and demotion, retaliatory discharge (including a Dodd-Frank whistleblower case), and racial profiling (defending the Highland Park Police Department against accusations leveled by dissident officers and Jesse Jackson, and investigated by former U.S. Attorney Tom Sullivan). He has pursued claims against corporate embezzlers and fidelity bonding companies, as well as trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation. He has litigated and negotiated many executive employee severance disputes.
Professional Services Litigation
Mr. Stang has prosecuted and defended attorneys in legal malpractice actions arising from alleged professional negligence in the rendition of legal services related to eminent domain, federal securities law, and complex real estate investments.
Mr. Stang once had the privilege and challenge of representing comedian Jackie Mason in the Circuit Court of Cook County and before the Illinois Department of Labor.
LitigatIon Avoidance Strategy
In addition to aggressively litigating matters, Mr. Stang assists clients in avoiding litigation, through clear and practical legal advice about proposed transactions, conduct, documents and business strategies.