The University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
The London School of Economics, M.A.
University of Illinois, B.A.
(magna cum laude)
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Northern District of Illinois
Central District of Illinois
Eastern District of Michigan
Martin Carroll is a founding partner and Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Group. He has represented clients in trials and appellate proceedings in state and federal court in all matters of complex commercial litigation, including breach of contract, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, employment, banking, fraud and trade secrets issues. Martin has successfully argued appeals before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court.
Martin also has extensive experience in representing clients in real estate disputes involving construction matters, commercial foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes and receiverships, including the Block 37 and Chicago Spire cases. In addition, he frequently represents companies and executives in negotiating and documenting employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.
Martin serves as outside general counsel for many companies and reviews, negotiates and drafts a wide variety of contracts for such clients, including supply agreements, procurement contracts, software contracts, stocking agreements and purchase orders.
Martin received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.A. degree from The London School of Economics, where he graduated second in his class. Martin received his J.D., cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School.
Illinois Supreme Court
Fischel & Kahn, Ltd. v. Van Straaten Gallery, Inc., 189 Ill 2d 579, 727 N.E.2d 240 (Ill. 2000)
United States Courts of Appeals
Fidelity v. Howard Savings Bank, 436 F. 3d 836 (7th Cir. 2006)
Helm v. Resolution Trust Corp., 84 F.3d 874 (7th Cir. 1996)
Liautaud v. Liautaud, 221 F.3d 981 (7th Cir. 2000)
Vasquez v. Hernandez, 60 F.3d 325 (7th Cir. 1995)
Illinois Appellate Court
Egidi v. Town of Libertyville, 578 N.E.2d (2d Dist. 1991)
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Walters v. National Properties, LLC, 699 N.W.2d 71 (WI 2005)
United States District Courts
Morse v. Abbott Laboratories, 756 F. Supp. 1108 (N.D., Ill. 1991)
Cruz‐Nunez v. Kimco Corp., 2008 WL 5142398, No. 08 C 3841 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 5, 2008)
Jones Day v. Blockshopper, LLC, 2008 WL 4925644, No. 08 CV 4572 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 13, 2008)(novel trademark and Internet issues received media coverage)
In 2007 and in 2010-2016, Martin has been selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. His selection was published in Chicago Magazine. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of lawyers in Illinois are selected for inclusion to the Illinois Super Lawyers list, and are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
Since 2005, Martin has repeatedly been named a Leading Lawyer in commercial and banking litigation by The Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Only lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers in the statewide surveys are included in Leading Lawyers Magazine.