Paul T. Fox is a founding shareholder of the firm's Chicago office where he serves as Chairman. He has focused 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 and has experience with a wide variety of commercial litigation. 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 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.
Paul’s casework has encompassed issues arising under virtually every article of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as more general contract and corporate matters. 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.
As one of two founding shareholders, Paul has been instrumental in the expansion of the Chicago office: It has grown from three lawyers in 1999 to more than 150 today, and has become a substantial presence in the city’s legal community.