Martin B. Carroll



Martin B. Carroll

Martin B. Carroll Partner


Martin B. Carroll

The University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
(cum laude)

The London School of Economics, M.A.

University of Illinois, B.A.
(magna cum laude)

Practice Areas

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.

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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.

  • Represents a Fortune 500 company with respect to numerous breach of contract and real estate disputes in Illinois.
  • Represents a Fortune 500 company involving issues of breach of employment contracts and restrictive covenants. Successfully tried to verdict enforcement of a former officer’s non‐competition agreement.
  • Defended a bank against a multi‐million dollar claim by a title insurer that the bank and eight other banks had violated the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act related to collateral they had received from loans entered into with borrowers who separately had engaged in a massive fraudulent mortgage escrow scheme. Our motion for summary judgment was granted dismissing the title insurer’s claims and that decision was affirmed on appeal by the Seventh Circuit.
  • Successfully represented international airline in action brought against it and one of its officers by officer’s former employer, another international airline who alleged breach of his non‐competition agreement and sought to prohibit the officer from working for our airline client. After successfully defeating the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order, the plaintiff ultimately dismissed its case without receiving any compensation from our clients.
  • Successfully represented aviation company in action against former officer related to his embezzlement of funds and usurpation of corporate opportunities, resolved through a favorable settlement prior to trial.
  • Represented receivers in significant commercial foreclosure cases including Block 37, the Spire development, River East and numerous other commercial retail, office and industrial properties. Assignments have included litigating and negotiating settlements with mechanic lien claimants, litigating lease disputes and eviction proceedings, negotiating construction contracts, obtaining bids and drafting agreements for receiver funding certificates, negotiating with utilities regarding continuing service, and negotiating settlements with the City of Chicago regarding minority hiring requirements on construction projects.
  • Defended a leading insurance company in a class action complaint brought by individuals claiming to have been defrauded of millions of dollars by our client and several other insurance companies who employed an agent that had set up a ponzi scheme. The case ultimately settled for an amount less than the projected cost to defend the case.
  • Successfully argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court a case involving a commercial real estate dispute in which our client was awarded all damages sought and attorneys’ fees.
  • Representing lenders in numerous commercial foreclosure cases involving retail centers, stand alone retail developments, industrial property, housing developments, hotels, condominium conversion projects and vacant land in Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, McHenry and Winnebago counties.
  • Successfully tried to verdict a claim by a real estate development client against a bank regarding a dispute involving a large loan prepayment penalty.
  • Represented a large title insurance company in a case against an entity that was involved in fraudulently obtaining title to residential properties from unsuspecting homeowners and obtained a judgment restoring title to the rightful owners along with a judgment that included an award of punitive damages against the wrongdoers.
  • Successfully prosecuted and defended numerous non‐compete, non‐solicitation and trade secret cases; in both state and federal court proceedings.
  • Successfully represented a Midwest chain of restaurants in a trade secrets and breach of contract case brought by its competitor. The suit sought millions of dollars in royalties and damages. Our motion for summary judgment was granted and our client was completely exonerated from all claims of wrongdoing at both the trial court and appellate levels.
  • Successfully represented a national wholesale floral company in a suit brought against its former officer and his new company on breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims. The defendants ultimately agreed to pay substantial damages to our client.
  • Defended a national real estate investment firm from claims of fraud and breach of contract alleged by a brokerage company resulting from the sale of a multi‐million dollar property in Chicago.  Our client’s motion for summary judgment was granted with no damages paid to the plaintiff.
  • 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.