Paul T. Fox: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Paul T. Fox

Chicago Co-Managing Shareholder
Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.456.8420
Fax: 312.899.0314
University Northwestern University, B.A., 1975
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978 Order of the Coif
Admitted1978, Illinois; 1989, Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Israel Cancer Research Fund
•Board Member, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter
•Director, Albany Bank & Trust Co., N.A.
•Member, American Bar Association
•Litigation Section
•Business Law Section
•Member, Wisconsin Bar Association
•Non-Resident Lawyer Division
•Member, Chicago Bar Association
•Committee on Large Law Firms
•Member, Jewish United Fund
•Member, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
•Adjunct Faculty Member, Northwestern University School of Law
•Former Chair, Glencoe, Illinois, Nominating Caucus
•United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
•Ravinia Music Festival

BornNew York, N.Y., January 17, 1953

Paul T. Fox focuses his practice in commercial litigation for more than 35 years. He regularly represents litigants in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate level, as well as before arbitration panels, mediators and other alternative dispute resolution forums. An experienced trial lawyer, Paul typically tries cases every year. He has been a member of the Trial Bar for the United States District Court in Chicago for the past 20 years. He also teaches trial advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law and at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).

Paul has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation. He has represented financial institutions and other entities in defending class actions arising under the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Real Estate Settlement Practices Act (RESPA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Securities Act Section 10(b)(5) and under state statutory fraud theories in Illinois, Texas, Alabama, California, Maryland, Nevada and elsewhere. He has also defended numerous lender liability and employment discrimination claims. He focuses much of his practice on traditional business disputes involving partnerships, joint ventures, closely held companies and publicly traded companies. These disputes arise out of a wide variety of transactions, including real estate developments, mergers and acquisitions, post-closing adjustment disputes and traditional contract disputes. Paul has also handled many cases involving disputes over negotiable instruments, electronic fund transfers and letters of credit. He has handled cases at the trial and appellate level involving issues arising under virtually every article of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as more general contract and corporate matters. He is a frequent lecturer on topics including check fraud, class actions, employment discrimination and trial techniques.

Paul was one of the two founding shareholders of the firm's Chicago office, and has been instrumental in the expansion of the office. Since opening in 1999, the Chicago office has grown from three lawyers to the substantial presence in the Chicago legal community it is today.

Areas of Concentration

•Commercial litigation
•Class actions
•Lender liability
•Negotiable instruments and bank collections
•Securities litigation
•Employment litigation

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2016
•Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2005-2016
•Member, Winning Team, Cross Border Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year for the AgFeed Industries sale of assets to Ningbo Tech Bank, TriOak Foods and Smithfield/Murphy, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards, 2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2015
•Recipient, Israel Cancer Research Fund's Man of Distinction Award, 2013
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 & 2013
•Listed, Strathmore's Who's Who
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

01.13.15 63 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers
06.30.14 Greenberg Traurig Receives Multiple Honors at 2014 Turnaround Atlas Awards
11.20.13 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Co-managing Shareholder Paul T. Fox to Receive Man of Distinction Award
09.06.13 18 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
01.11.13 Forty-Five Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois
01.11.13 36 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Edition of Illinois Super Lawyers
12.23.11 Greenberg Traurig's Labor and Employment Practice Recognized Among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year
01.18.08 Eleven Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named Illinois Super Lawyers for 2008, One Named Illinois Rising Stars
11.14.06 Greenberg Traurig Expands its Chicago Office with the Addition of Martha A. Sabol
11.01.06 Greenberg Traurig Expands Chicago Tax Practice

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
•Frequent Lecturer on various topics, including employment discrimination, Uniform Commercial Code issues, and lending practices and litigation issues
•Recent presentations include lecture to the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners on legal issues involved in check fraud and faculty position at the Midwest Regional Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Quincy Commerce Center v. Maritime Administration, et al., 451 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2006) (Defense of challenge to federal auction in which client was successful bidder); Rendler v. Corus Bank, N.A., 272 F.3d 992 (7th Cir. 2001) (Defense of TILA class action); CCC Information Services, Inc. v. American Salvage Pool Association, 230 F.3d 342 (7th Cir. 2000) (Defended appeal from order regarding subject matter jurisdiction of District Court); Adreani v. First Colonial Bankshares Corp., 154 F.3d 389 (7th Cir. 1998) (Successful defense of ADEA claim); Bank Leumi Le Israel, BM v. Lee, 928 F.2d 232 (7th Cir. 1991) (Prosecution of guarantee claim in face of lender liability counterclaims); Dana Corporation v. American Precision Co., 827 F.2d 755 (Fed. Cir. 1987) (Defense of patent infringement claim); United States General, Inc. v. Albert, et al., 792 F.2d 678 (7th Cir. 1985) (Appeal arising out of Fair Housing Act claim brought on behalf of developer against municipality and its officers); Miller v. Hypoguard, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27095 (SD IL 2006) (Opposed remand motion in class action removed from Third Judicial Circuit in Madison County, IL); International Casings Group, Inc. v. Premium Standard Farms, Inc., 358 F. Supp. 2d 863 (WD MO 2005) (Trial of preliminary injunction to enforce long term output contract for sale of goods); Canel v. Lincoln National Bank, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12519 (ND IL 1998) (Summary judgment entered in favor of client on negligent misrepresentation theory in class action); Unytite, Inc. v. Lohr Structural Fasteners, Inc., 768 F. Supp. 665 (ND IL 1991) (Opposed motion to transfer case to defendant's home venue in Texas); CIT Group Equipment Financing, Inc. v. Alberto, 130 F.R.D. 657 (ND IL 1990); 1990 Bankr. LEXIS 2704 (Bkr ND IL 1990); 1990 Bankr. LEXIS 2507 (Bkr ND IL 1990) (Prosecution of claims in secured lending dispute); First National Bank of Monroe v. Harris Trust & Savings Bank, 649 F. Supp. 1577 (WD WI 1987) (Successful prosecution of motion to remand to Circuit Court for Green County, WI); In re Pryor Eczel Corp., 1990 Bankr. LEXIS 510 (Bkr ND IL 1990) (Prosecution of preference claim); In re Correa, 58 B.R. 88 (Bkr ND IL 1986) (Trial on behalf of financial institution resulting in finding of nondischargeability based on debtors' failure to cooperate, rejecting debtors' defense of substance abuse interfering with ability to cooperate in case); Hill v. St. Paul Federal Bank for Savings, 329 Ill. App. 3d 705, 768 N.E. 2d 322 (1st Dist. 2002) (Defense of class action challenging overdraft fees imposed by financial institution based on UCC Article 4 order or payment issue); Bank of Chicago-Garfield Ridge v. Park National Bank, 237 Ill. App. 3d 1085, 606 N.E. 2d 72 (1st Dist. 2002) (Appeal arising out of representation of participant against lead bank in loan participation resulting in judgment for full amount of client's interest after trial on merits); Latex Glove Co. v. Gruen, 146 Ill. App. 3d 868, 497 N.E.2d 466 (1st Dist. 1986) (Defense of claim against commercial printer over ownership of original proofs for color offset catalog); Orlove v. Novick, 78 Ill. App. 3d 1141, 398 N.E.2d 170 (1st Dist. 1979) (Representation of client in overturning contempt finding based on assertion of Fifth Amendment privilege in case of first impression in Illinois)

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Paul T. Fox

77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
ChicagoIL 60601


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