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   3Mitchell BryanChicago(312) 372-3311bryan@wbs-law.combryan@wbs-law.comWilliams Bax & Saltzman PCwww.wbs-law.comwww.wbs-law.combryanmitchell.jpgCommercial Litigation
Williams Bax & Saltzman PC
221 N LaSalle St Ste 3700
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 372-3311 Fx.(312) 372-5720
Recommended by peers in:
Commercial Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mitch Bryan acts as litigation and general counsel to a wide variety of corporate, LLC, partnership and high net worth individual clients, and as an adviser and trial counsel to trustees, corporate board members, board committees, and other for-profit and nonprofit corporate fiduciaries. He has also been engaged by defense counsel as an expert consultant on the subject of director fiduciary duties.

In counseling and representing small businesses and middle market companies, their owners, directors and other individual fiduciaries, Mitch is committed to protecting their core interests and helping them achieve their business and personal goals. In the face of complex issues and disputes, he works to frankly and perceptively assess client objectives, business implications and alternatives for practical solutions. When going to court is critical, this means providing creativity and passionate advocacy without sacrificing focus on the big picture.

Mitch has over 30 years of extensive trial, appellate and litigation management experience in state and federal courts in several states, and in private arbitration, covering a broad range of complex commercial, insurance, real estate, IP, corporate governance, fiduciary, regulatory, professional liability, financial industry and tax disputes. Having served a public company client as interim General Counsel for one of its major operating subsidiaries, Mitch brings to the table a well-balanced perspective that embraces the bottom line impact of litigation guidance and advocacy he provides.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1982
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits United States Tax Court

Year of Birth:  1956

Law School:  Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1982
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Editor, Urban Law Annual

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1979

Employment History:  
  • Williams, Bax & Saltzman, P.C.
  • Levenfeld Pearlstein (and one of its predecessor firms)
  • a litigation boutique
  • Altheimer & Gray, litigation partner

  • Published Legal Writing:  
    "Managing Professional Liability Litigation Against Accounting Firms," (parts 1-3), Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting / CCH - CPA Practice Management Forum, September - November 2013

    Interviewed, "The Independent Edge -- Why Private Companies Should Seek Out Independent Oversight," Smart Company, November 2007

    "Ready-to-Wear or Custom-Fit: Sizing Up LLC Manager and Member Fiduciary Duties," ABA Business Torts Journal, Vol. 14 No. 4, August 2007

    "Stop, Look, Listen... and Exercise Independent Judgment: Common Situations in Which Director Fiduciary Duties Arise," Vol. 21 No. 4, ABA In-House Litigator, J. Comm. on Corp. Csl., August 2007

    Quoted, "Lead Directors -- How They're Picked," Boardroom Insider, June 2007

    "The Evolving Role of Lead Directors," Dow Jones Corporate Governance Newsletter, March 2006

    "Looking Before You Leap ... Into the Boardroom," Edge Newsletter, February 2006

    "SEC Rule 10b-5: Anti-Fraud Weapon or Shareholder Insurance Policy?" NACD Director's Monthly August 2005

    "When is Late Notice 'Too Late'? The Effects of Delayed Notice of an Insurance Claim," 7 Condo Lifestyles, Issue No. 4, January 2004

    "Business Litigation: Case On Point -- 'Fair Value' of a Closely Held Corporation," Edge Newsletter, December 2000

    "Employee Email and Internet Use Policies: Neither Big Brother Nor Big Bother," Edge Newsletter, February 2000

    "Broker-Dealers' Liabilities Under the Federal Securities and Related Law," 5C Gadsby, Federal Securities Exchange Act, Matthew Bender & Co, Inc., 1995

    Legal Lectures:  
    "Individual Trustee Best Practices and Pitfalls," Rules of Trust Administration in Illinois CLE, Lorman Education Services, February 2014

    "Red Flags of Audit Breakdowns," Illinois CPA Society Fraud conference, October 2013

    "Shared Professional Liability Exposure," Leading Edge Alliance accounting firm managing partner association mid-year meeting, June 2013

    "Individuals as Trustees -- Best Practices," CBA Trust Law Committee meeting, April 2013

    "Managing Professional Liability and Fee Litigation," 2013 Leading Edge Alliance accounting firm managing partner association conference, January 2013

    Multi-disciplinary panel, "Social Media Burnout: SPF for Your Business -- Real Life Situations Where Ease of Communications Meets the Reality of Legal Risk, and What Business Teams Can Do About It," Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, June 2011

    "How Social Media Can Help Insurance Lawyers Defend Claims: Using Motions to Compel, Subpoenas and Other Tactics to Both Attain and Block Introduction of Evidence from Social Networking Web Sites," Exec-Sense Webinar, June 2011

    "What Litigators Need to Know About the Increasing Use of Facebook During Litigation: Using Motions to Compel, Subpoenas, and Other Tactics to Attain and Block Introduction of Information from Social Networking Sites," Exec-Sense Webinar, March 2011

    Panelist, "Another Look at Managing Risk for Owners & Managers of Distressed Properties," Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, December 2010

    Panelist, "Managing a Catastrophic Loss," Quantum Global Advisors, LLC, Global Options Group and Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, May 2008

    Panelist, "Employee Raiding," ABA Litigation Section Committee on Corporate Counsel Mid-Year Meeting, February 2007

    Panelist, "What Nonprofit Boards and CEOs Should Know About Sarbanes-Oxley," American Express TBS Client Seminar, September 2005

    Panelist, "Fiduciary Duties of Bar Association and Foundation Directors, Trustees and Executives in Management of Endowment and Other Organization Assets," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, August 2005

    Parking:  Parking garage entrances are located off LaSalle Street, Lake Street and Clark Street.
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