University of Chicago Law School, J.D. (with honors, Law Review, Order of the Coif)
Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (with high distinction and honors)
Northern District of Illinois
District of Columbia
Erik Ives is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group. His practice involves representing clients in all phases of commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts. This includes representative cases involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence and privacy claims, employment-related actions, white collar claims and investigations, and class and collective actions.
Erik has significant experience representing companies and executives in the negotiation, documentation and enforcement of employment contracts including with respect to confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements. He has successfully represented commercial property owners in a variety of real estate disputes including breach of contract cases, forcible entry and retainer actions, and post-judgment collection proceedings. Erik has also represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in connection with a variety of matters, including multiple internal and government investigations involving healthcare fraud and abuse.
Additionally, Erik also maintains a great level of knowledge and experience with all aspects of electronic discovery. Pursuant to this knowledge, he has counseled corporate clients on how to efficiently and effectively manage e-discovery risks and obligations, develop applicable e-discovery policies and procedures, and successfully navigate all phases of discovery in commercial litigation.
Erik received his B.A., with high distinction and honors, in political science from Pennsylvania State University. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on The University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at the University of Chicago, Erik received the Bell, Boyd & Lloyd prize for legal writing and the Thomas R. Mulroy prize for appellate advocacy, and authored the merits brief and presented oral argument in a criminal appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Erik also completed a judicial externship for Honorable Judge James B. Zagel, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to joining Fox Swibel, Erik was an associate in the Chicago and Washington D.C. offices of Sidley Austin LLP.
In 2016 and 2017, Erik was selected to the list of Illinois Rising Stars, a list published by Super Lawyers. Rising Stars uses a patented multiphase selection process which includes peer nominations and evaluations combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys who have been selected to the list of Illinois Rising Stars make up 2.5 percent of lawyers in Illinois who have been in practice for less than ten years. These selections are made on an annual basis.
Erik has been named an Emerging Lawyer in commercial litigation by The Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Less than 2% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois receive this distinction.
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