Marta A. Stein


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  • The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, JD, 1988
  • University of Michigan, BA, Economics, 1985
  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Member, ABA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Member, Business Law, Litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Divisions, American Bar Association

Executive Board Member, SPARK Chicago

Marta has been a member of the firm’s 10 person Finance Committee and was the global chair of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum. She concentrates her practice in the commercial litigation and corporate counseling arenas, representing financial institutions, corporations, partnerships and entrepreneurs. Much of her focus has been on high stakes litigation, including complex contractual issues, fraud schemes, corporate control issues, asset acquisitions, distribution agreements and restrictive covenants.

Marta has been lead counsel for cases pending in federal and the law and chancery divisions of state courts across the country. Additionally, she has mediated and arbitrated numerous matters under court-ordered and private ADR processes, including those under the large, complex commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association.

Marta's extensive litigation experience has enhanced her transactional practice where she acts as outside general counsel to clients, working closely with corporate executives in the prevention and reduction of litigation.

Marta has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, Inc. from 2013-2017, has been recognized as a "Leader in the Field" for business litigation by Chambers USA for nine years, and was selected as a "Leading Lawyer" by Legal 500, US for 2016. Marta also is a fellow of the American Academy of Trial Counsel, an invitation-only group comprised of less than one half of one percent of American lawyers. In 2008, Marta was highlighted for business litigation in the premier issue of Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition and has been named an Illinois "Super Lawyer" since 2006. She has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer" in business litigation by Leading Lawyers Network Magazine from 2005 to the present.

In 2007, Marta completed a PLI program on negotiation at Harvard Law School. In 2009, Marta participated in the Kellogg School of Management Executive Program on Advanced Leadership.

“a consummate professional: unflappable, composed, quick thinking and focused on the results that she wants to achieve.” She gives “wonderfully informed advice,” is “an excellent communicator and negotiator,” and is "very strategic and practical in her analysis and recommendations." – Chambers USA

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Marta A Stein
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Chicago, IL 60601-1818

Prevailed on behalf of a bank against bank officer and owners of an outside bank vendor relating to a $38 million fraudulent scheme to overcharge the bank for services rendered. The scheme involved kickbacks, bribery and bank structuring.

Effectively settled a $50 million dispute for a joint venture relating to a merchant services agreement.

Obtained/defeated temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions involving various business issues including special shareholder meetings and votes, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements and violations of trade secret and proprietary information provisions.

Defense of officers and directors against shareholder claims of removal and corporate dissolution.

Defense/prosecution of claims relating to fiduciary duties of trustees, administrators, partners and officers.

Prevailed on behalf of a bank against commercial borrowers who sought $30 million, claiming that the bank wrongfully caused a default under the loan documents which allegedly led to downfall of the company.

Defense/prosecution of claims related to stock purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate.

Defense/prosecution of cases involving secured transactions, loan guarantees, commercial foreclosures, conversion of funds, loan documentation and commercial leases.

Drafted and analyzed a variety of contracts for clients in the wholesale industry, including distribution and subcontractor agreements.

Drafted/negotiated employment, service and supply agreements, and handled litigation relating to the same.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2017

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2008-2011, 2013-2017

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," General Commercial Disputes, Legal 500 US, 2016

Named to "Illinois Super Lawyers," Business Litigation, Banking, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005-2017

Fellow, American Academy of Trial Counsel

Selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network, Business Litigation, Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, Division of Law Bulletin Publishing, 2005-present

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Roundtable," Be a Road Warrior, Not Road Kill: Issues Confronting Fiduciaries, October 2015
Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Update," What You Do Not Know Can Hurt You, October 2014
Speaker, "Litigation Nightmares: How to Avoid Being the Next Patco or Target or Home Depot or...," Community Banking and Cyber Risk Management, September 2014
Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Update," Surmounting the Current Challenges: Issues Confronting Professional Fiduciaries, October 2013
Presenter, Mediation and Arbitration Provisions: Do you want them in your contracts?, CLE Presentation, Mylan Inc., June 2013
Panelist, 90 Days before Trial: Preparation Skills, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, May 2013
Speaker, Who’s on First? Issues Confronting Professional Fiduciaries, The Fiduciary Advisory Services Seminar, co-presented by the Fiduciary Education Center, October 2012
Panelist, "Litigating in the Red Zone: Fee Arrangements and Efficiency When the Stakes are High," Bauer Symposium for General Counsel and Litigation Managers, March 2012
Annual Speaker, "The Changed Environment for Corporate Fiduciaries: How to Successfully Meet the Challenges," The Fiduciary Advisory Services Seminar, co-presented by the Fiduciary Education Center, October 2011