Gabriel Aizenberg

Gabriel Aizenberg

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Gabriel Aizenberg is a commercial litigator representing corporate and individual plaintiffs and defendants in complex proceedings in federal, bankruptcy and state courts and arbitration forums. He focuses his practice on litigation areas such as fraud, contractual disputes, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty, claims of violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, trade secret misappropriation, and government contracts.

Gabriel has significant experience in post-judgment proceedings and asset-recovery litigation. He has represented clients in veil piercing litigation, litigation overcoming the asset-protection features of both foreign and domestic trusts, asset turnover and tracing proceedings, and proceedings to freeze assets both here and abroad. Gabriel has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught a full, nine-session course entitled "Show Me the Money: Post-Judgment Proceedings and Asset Recovery," addressing the collections process from the pre-complaint stage through post-judgment proceedings.

Gabriel also litigates bid protests and related Freedom of Information Act disputes and advises clients on issues relating to the award and performance of state and local government contracts, responses to competitive bid requests and requests for proposals, terms of contracts, and compliance with M/WBE and DBE business requirements. Most recently, Gabriel has assisted clients in protests related to contracts awarded by agencies of the State of Illinois.

Gabriel is committed to pro bono work and community service, working directly with non-profit organizations such as the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, established to promote awareness of the reality of the Holocaust, as well as the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which handles the disbursement of compensation for injuries inflicted upon victims of Nazi persecution. He has also previously served as outside general counsel for a non-profit private school.

Concentrations

  • Asset recovery litigation
  • Fraud litigation
  • Contractual disputes, business torts and breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Claims of violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Government contracts advice and litigation, such as responses to bid requests and RFPs
  • Compliance with M/WBE and DBE business requirements
  • Global recovery
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Multiple representations of companies in administrative bid protests challenging the propriety of award of contracts. Procurement officers rejected the contract awards and cancelled the RFPs.
  • Brought an injunction and declaratory judgment action against a county, challenging an award of a $5 million medical equipment contract. Secured injunction and declaratory judgment awarding the contract to client. GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, Inc. v. County of Cook
  • Brought an injunction action against a county, challenging an award of a $49 million radiology equipment contract for a new hospital. Secured injunction blocking performance of the contract. General Electric v. County of Cook
  • Represented a French municipal finance bank in post-judgment proceedings to execute upon judgment. Trial in U.S. District Court resulted in judgments ordering the turnover of assets in Belizean trusts and Florida trusts. Obtained summary judgment terminating interests of beneficiaries in Bahamian trust and Florida trust. Dexia Crédit Local v. Rogan
  • Representation of a French municipal finance bank in U.S. District Court in a fraud and breach of contract action against a former CEO of a borrower. Obtained judgment in excess of $124 million, of which more than $53 million was granted in punitive damages. Dexia Crédit Local v. Rogan
  • Represented a Chicago hospital against a former management company on charges of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. U.S. Bankruptcy Court awarded more than $37 million. Edgewater Medical Center v. Bainbridge Management, LP
  • Represented a Chicago hospital in litigation in which the property management company was charged with breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. U.S. Bankruptcy Court awarded more than $4 million and permitted the client to retroactively exercise an option that expired nine years prior. Edgewater Medical Center v. Edgewater Property Co.
  • Represented electronics retailer and its CEO in defending against claims that CEO breached non-solicitation agreement and that retailer tortiously induced that breach. Obtained dismissal of claims based upon motion to dismiss. Walgreens v. Magnacca and RadioShack Corp.

°Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Aizenberg prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
  • Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2011-2017
  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s 2012 Turnaround Atlas Award for “Private Equity Turnaround of the Year” for the Chapter 11 reorganization and acquisition of American Laser Skincare LLC
  • Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School, Semester-long course entitled "Show Me the Money: Post-Judgment Proceedings and Asset Recovery," Winter 2012
  • Board of Directors, Northern District of Illinois Federal Bar Association, 2009-2015
  • Advisory Board, Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, 2013-present
  • Chairman, Task Force on Individual Compensation Programs Investigation, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, 2012-2013

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 1996
    • Notes and Comments Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • M.A., cum laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1993
  • B.A., Brandeis University, 1988
Clerkships
  • Hon. D. Brook Bartlett, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1996-1997
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Supreme Court of the United States