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William Mc Erlean
OVERVIEW

William M. McErlean
Of Counsel (Retired)

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

South Bend

201 S. Main Street
Suite 400
South Bend, IN 46601-2130

Elkhart

52700 Independence Court
Suite 150
Elkhart, IN 46514-8155

P 312-214-8820

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

William M. McErlean
Of Counsel (Retired)

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

South Bend

201 S. Main Street
Suite 400
South Bend, IN 46601-2130

Elkhart

52700 Independence Court
Suite 150
Elkhart, IN 46514-8155

P 312-214-8820

F 312-759-5646

Getting the right result is as important to Bill McErlean as it is to the clients he represented, and he consistently obtained such results in his nearly four decades of litigation and trial practice. Bill was the Litigation Department Chair Emeritus and served for many years as Litigation Chair and on the firm’s Management Committee.

Getting the right result is as important to Bill McErlean as it is to the clients he represented, and he consistently obtained such results in his nearly four decades of litigation and trial practice. Bill was the Litigation Department Chair Emeritus and served for many years as Litigation Chair and on the firm’s Management Committee.

OVERVIEW

Getting the right result is as important to Bill McErlean as it is to the clients he represented, and he consistently obtained such results in his nearly four decades of litigation and trial practice. Bill was the Litigation Department Chair Emeritus and served for many years as Litigation Chair and on the firm’s Management Committee.

A proven and consistently effective advocate, Bill tried more than 40 commercial litigation cases, including the first civil RICO action in the Northern District of Illinois. In his former practice, he handled a variety of complex, high-stakes commercial cases in courts and before arbitrators throughout the country, defending and prosecuting RICO, securities fraud and common law fraud claims at trial and on appeal.

Bill also tried franchise, contract, professional malpractice, UCC, ERISA, lender liability, partnership and corporate dissolution and freeze-outs, trade regulation, trade secret, and real estate broker disputes. In addition, he defended his client’s rights in business torts and construction and real estate disputes. 

Bill regularly prosecuted and defended multimillion dollar cases, including bet-the-company cases where the result determined whether or not his client stayed in business.

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2021

Illinois Super Lawyers, 2008, 2011-2020

Leading Lawyers Network, Illinois Leading Lawyer

EXPERIENCE
INSIGHTS AND EVENTS
PUBLICATIONS

"The Impact of Rule 11 on Franchise Litigation," ABA Franchise Law Journal, Winter 1989

"What to Do When Your Client Lies," ABA Litigation Magazine, Winter 1989

Co-author, "Privileges: How to Uncover the Facts," ABA Litigation Magazine, Winter 1997

Co-author, "From Kahn to Carlton: Recent Developments in Special Committee Practice," The Business Lawyer, Vol. 53, November 1997

"Training an Associate: Garbage In, Garbage Out," ABA Litigation Magazine, Spring 1998

"The Evolution of Witness Preparation," ABA Litigation Magazine, Fall 2010

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