Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC (FMCO) is a highly regarded boutique complex civil litigation Chicago law firm with a large national footprint. Founding partners Kathleen Chavez and Robert Foote pride themselves on having established one of the most recognized and innovative complex litigation law firms in the United States. We offer our clients a unique and unconventional approach to litigation. We are committed to relentlessly pursuing justice, rolling up our sleeves and working with our clients on effective and expeditious problem-solving. Sometimes, solutions can only be realized by "out-of-the-box" thinking which, along with innovative approaches, are the only way to successfully litigate and achieve resolution of complex cases.

FMCO has achieved its successes, and has acquired important leadership roles in many of the most transformative cases nationwide, because we offer a very unique set of skills, knowledge, determination, compassion, curiosity, experience and creativity. We believe that tough problems are solved through innovative approaches, flexibility, collaboration and the hard work and concentrated efforts of a committed team of lawyers.

The Kind Of Representation We Provide

Our firm seeks out the kinds of cases many practitioners run from — interesting cases that offer us a chance to get creative, think deeply, challenge unclear or inconsistent precedent, shape the direction of our state and federal law and achieve transformative justice. We are not afraid or opposed to forging the path; to the contrary, we pride ourselves on being innovators and leaders. We are not just looking for the easy case — our complex civil litigation lawyers are excited about getting involved in cases that among other things:

  • Involve multiple or complex legal issues
  • Require development and discovery of interesting facts
  • Involve multiple parties
  • Challenge unclear or inconsistent legal precedent
  • Offer an opportunity to make new law
  • Offer broad impact or an opportunity to help shape public policy
  • Provide us an opportunity to collaborate and work productively with other lawyers to achieve optimal results
  • Engage creative litigation techniques and require innovative solutions

In our complex practice, Kathleen Chavez, Robert Foote and their team of attorneys represent individuals, trusts, unions and corporations, local and state governments in a wide range of complex litigation in both federal and state jurisdictions. Partners Kathleen Chavez and Robert Foote lead our complex civil litigation practice and both have impressive academic credentials, as well as extensive experience in national, multi-district, class, collective and complex litigation. Both of them are among the select few attorneys nationally who have actually gone to trial (and appeal) of more than one class action case, including both jury trial and administrative class trials. Both have extensive actual trial experience in all phases of individual and multiple plaintiff litigation.

Additionally, both attorneys Kathleen Chavez and Robert Foote have served, and currently serve, on steering committees and in leadership positions in some of the most important complex litigation nationwide. Each has been selected to serve as counsel in complex matters by clients, attorneys and judges. Our attorneys' experiences in complex litigation includes, among other areas: antitrust/competition, breach of contract accusations, consumer fraud, technology claims, franchise, unfair trade practices, Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), environmental, qui tam (whistleblower claims), trademark, complex securities litigation and shareholder derivative actions.

Handling Of Antitrust Law

Antitrust law is principled in protecting individual consumers from the unfair, restrictive and deceptive business practices of corporations. Through proper enforcement, antitrust law maintains economic liberty. Antitrust law is primarily governed by federal statutes that allow for both criminal charges brought by the United States Department of Justice, as well as private civil lawsuits brought by individual consumers or groups of individuals in the form of a class action lawsuit. Antitrust law generally operates by protecting consumers from three areas of harm:

  1. Mergers and acquisitions likely to substantially lessen competition
  2. Conspiracies and collusions (such as price-fixing) that unreasonably restrain trade
  3. Monopolization and domination of a market

If you believe you have suffered an anticompetitive injury, contact Kathleen Chavez or Robert Foote for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate and advise you of your options and legal rights under the applicable antitrust statutes.

State, Local Government And Union Representation

Our attorneys represent numerous unions, local and state governments on a wide range of matters. For example, Kathleen Chavez and Robert Foote are part of a national team of lawyers who represent 25 states seeking damages against Chevron, Conoco, Exxon and other "big oil" companies in connection with the failure to pay underground storage tank cleanup costs and related fraudulent actions. Our attorneys have also represented municipalities in cases ranging from ordinance violations to tax issues.

Contact Our Innovative Antitrust Attorneys

Reach the law firm by phone at 630-232-7450 or by email to request a free case evaluation. Visit our Illinois law offices in Chicago and Geneva from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or request an evening or weekend appointment by special arrangement.

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