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   3Frederick J. SperlingChicago(312) 258-5608fsperling@schiffhardin.comfsperling@schiffhardin.comSchiff Hardin LLPwww.schiffhardin.comwww.schiffhardin.comsperlingfred.jpgAdvertising & Media LawArts, Entertainment & Sports LawCivil Appellate LawCivil Rights/Constitutional LawCommercial Litigation
Frederick J. Sperlingfsperling@schiffhardin.com
Schiff Hardin LLPhttp://www.schiffhardin.com
233 S Wacker Dr Ste 6600
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 258-5608 Fx.(312) 258-5600
Recommended by peers in:
Advertising & Media Law
Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law
Civil Appellate Law
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Commercial Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Sperling concentrates his practice in civil litigation involving a broad range of issues including contracts, commercial law, and defamation and related media issues. He practices in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels.

He has served as president of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, as a member of the Steering Committee of the Governor's Task Force on Judicial Merit Selection, Judicial Selection Task Force of the Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and as an arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Cook County's Mandatory Arbitration Program.


Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Defense in a five-week jury trial of a $28 million claim for breach of a contract to act in a movie by Heaven Corporation against Michael Jordan

  • Prosecution at trial of claims by Michael Jordan to terminate license agreements for a restaurant and an associated retail store

  • Defense of an attempt to enjoin the construction and operation of a restaurant owned by Michael Jordan

  • Prosecution of trademark infringement and misappropriation claims by Michael Jordan against Avon and M.Z. Berger

  • Defense of claims for trademark infringement and unfair competition by Chattanoga Manufacturing against Michael Jordan

  • Defense of claims in excess of $150 million for commercial disparagement by TII Industries against ANTEC and Keptel

  • Defense of claims in excess of $40 million for goodwill on the termination of a joint venture and conversion by Cincinnati Bell against Anixter

  • Prosecution of a claim for the recovery of retirement funds by the Eagle Industries Pension Plan and defense of an indemnification claim against Eagle Industries for those funds

  • Defense of multi-million dollar claims for defamation and related torts against the Chicago-Crawford Currency Exchange and its president
  • Defense of multi-million dollar defamation claims against the auditor of the Bank of Bellwood

  • Defense of claims for defamation and invasion of privacy against the Chicago Council of Lawyers and its president

  • Representation of certain minor beneficiaries in the resolution of disputes concerning the Pritzker ancestor trusts

  • Prosecution of securities claims by a group of hedge funds against Salomon Brothers

  • Defense in an arbitration of contract claims against Midwest Newsclip by Burrelle's and prosecution of Newsclip's counterclaim

  • Prosecution on a pro bono basis of claims for racial violence


  • Bar Admissions:  
    Illinois
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


    Date of Birth:  1953

    Law School:  University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1979
    Undergraduate School:  Amherst College, B.A., 1975
    Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  cum laude

    Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
    American Bar Association
    Chicago Bar Association
    Chicago Council of Lawyers
    Illinois State Bar Association

    Awards: Honors; Distinctions:
    Anti-Defamation League's Civil Rights Award


    Published Legal Writing:  
    A Primer on Illinois Defamation Law


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