Litigation

At The Sterling Law Office, we fully assess the merits of a case at the outset of a dispute and form a strategy that fits the legal and business needs of our clients. We understand that efficiency, creativity and sound judgment are critical for intelligently pursuing and resolving such disputes.

In addition, while cases must be litigated with an eye towards trial, we understand that at all times we must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost. We aim to evaluate the motivations and outlook of of all stakeholders in a dispute, in order to best position our clients in achieving settlement.


Our areas of litigation practice include the following:

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Business Disputes

  • Breach of contract  
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Partnership, joint venture, and shareholder disputes
  • Fraud and conspiracy claims
  • Tortious interference with business relationships


Real Estate Litigation

  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud
  • Residential Real Property Disclosure Act violations
  • Mechanics Liens

Commercial Landlord-Tenant​

  • Breach of lease
  • Violations of landlord-tenant statutes and ordinances
  • Eviction actions

Real Estate Broker Litigation

  • Broker commission claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Professional negligence

Condominium Litigation

  • Condominium rules and enforcement
  • Condominium governance
  • Breaches of fiduciary duty


Construction Defect

  • Breach of express and implied warranties 
  • Defective designs or plans
  • Building code violations

 Representative Matters: 



  • Obtaining summary judgment in an action to recover client's earnest money, upgrade fees, and accrued interest in connection with her contract to purchase a condominium, and successfully obtaining dismissal of defendant's appeal for lack of jurisdiction. See Gloria Won v. Grant Park 2, L.L.C., 2013 IL App (1st) 122523.  


  • Following a trial, obtaining a $280,000 judgment for unpaid rent, interest, and attorneys' fees for commercial landlord and successfully defending against tenant's counterclaims for fraud and breach of contract.  


  • Obtaining dismissal of a $300,000 liquidated damages claim against homeowners who terminated a home renovation construction contract.


  • Obtaining summary judgment in the amount of $28,000 for a commercial real estate brokerage firm on a broker lien claim for an unpaid lease commission, plus interest and attorneys' fees totaling an additional $34,000.   


  • Obtaining dismissal of a federal case alleging breach of contract, common law fraud, conversion, and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO").


  • Obtaining favorable settlement for managers of a tavern business against owners and landlord in a case involving breach of contract, conversion, and conspiracy claims.

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  • Representation of a real estate investment firm in an action for breach of contract and fraudulent inducement stemming from the purchase of a shopping center. 


  • Representation of sellers of residential property defending against buyers' claims for breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and violation of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act.  


  • Representation of homeowners in a breach of contract and consumer fraud action against home renovation construction company.


  • Representation of a food manufacturing company in dispute with landlord for breach of lease covenants