Harris Winick Harris LLP is a boutique commercial law firm formed by a core group of talented attorneys with over 100 years of collective experience representing clients locally, regionally and nationally in sophisticated commercial matters. Our attorneys are considered "go-to" counsel for high-stakes complex litigation and transactions. We deliver high-quality, results-driven legal services to a broad cross-section of the business community.
We are dedicated to being partners with our clients in achieving their interests. We provide clients with the highest quality of legal services by striving for the best possible outcome, measured by our clients' stated goals and objectives.
Our Firm is committed to efficient management of all phases of litigation, from initial case assessment through trial and appeal. We excel at tactically meeting our clients’ goals, fully analyzing cases from the outset, focusing on creative dispute resolution and employing results-oriented strategies.
Our attorneys have outstanding credentials, complemented with significant experience. We have been recognized in the legal community including being distinguished as some of the Best Lawyers in America™, the Top 5% of Lawyers in Illinois according to the Leading Lawyers Network, Illinois Super Lawyers, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 United States, and Martindale Hubbell's highest "AV" rating.
We have a diverse client base which includes major U.S. publicly-held companies, privately-held businesses, partnerships and joint ventures who operate in virtually all business sectors, high net worth and entrepreneurially minded families and individuals, trusts and estates, tax exempt organizations, and cultural and academic institutions, each of whom trust us with some of their most difficult and highly-contested disputes. We are able to attract sophisticated clients for significant cases because we are able to provide top-level legal talent, client-driven service and lower costs than many larger firms. We do this by avoiding many of the layers of overhead and staff that add unnecessary costs to cases.
- Erin A. AltmanAssociate
- Robert A. BedorePartner
- Jeffrey B. CharkowPartner
- Andrea M. DespotesOf Counsel
- Kenneth L. HarrisPartner
- Robert J. HarrisPartner
- Matthew T. KoendersSenior Counsel
- John-Paul LujanPartner
- Marisa K. PerryPartner
- Grace M. SherkStaff Attorney
- Claire E. StephensAssociate
- Carolyn K. WinickSenior Counsel
- Jeffrey H. WinickPartner
We focus our practice in four core areas: Complex Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Construction Transactions, and Tax Controversy and Tax Planning. Our national practice involves a broad range of cases on behalf of large sophisticated businesses, including complex breach of contract disputes, construction disputes, intellectual property disputes, tax controversy and other tax matters, and other claims. We also provide ongoing transactional representation including tax planning services for many of our clients.
Harris Winick Harris is pleased to announce the hiring of two accomplished lawyers, Andrea M. Despotes and Marisa K. Perry.
Harris Winick Harris congratulates Jeffrey Charkow on becoming a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA). Mr. Charkow was nominated for membership by his peers because of his demonstrated expertise in the field and his high ethical and professional standards. Robert Harris, Jeffrey Winick, and John-Paul Lujan are also members of SOICA.
A pair of nationally prominent senior tax partners from Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP have joined Harris Winick LLP to form the Firm's new Tax Controversy and Tax Planning practice group. With a combined 60+ years of legal experience, Ken Harris and Bob Bedore will collaborate, as they have for the past 14 years, to provide the highest quality tax counsel and advice to their clients both in tax controversy and tax planning matters. The Firm will now be called Harris Winick Harris LLP.
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From the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
The Firm, in partnership with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, represented an African-American individual alleging claims of racial discrimination associated with his employment at a local restaurant. The plaintiff prevailed in a jury trial in the Northern District of Illinois and was awarded not only all the past and future wages claimed, but was also awarded punitive damages. Daniel Dorfman and Alexander Rozett were pleased to work with the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee in handling the matter.
After having served as an arbitrator in a series of high stakes arbitrations over the past several years, Robert Harris has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Regional Roster of Neutrals. The American Arbitration Association (AAA), which is the nation's leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services, selected Mr. Harris based on his outstanding qualifications, accomplishments and reviews from the prior arbitrations. Bob has a unique ability to manage the alternative dispute resolution process, evaluate and apply legal, business or trade principles in a fair and equitable manner and is looking forward to working with parties to seek resolution of their disputes.
The Firm recognizes partners Jeffrey Winick, Robert Harris and John-Paul Lujan for being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Jeffrey Winick received a special designation as Lawyer of the Year in Chicago for Construction Litigation for 2014. Furthermore, the Firm was ranked Tier 1 nationally for construction litigation by US News “Best Law Firms.”
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The Firm’s attorneys represented a publicly traded international hotel chain in connection with the drafting and negotiating of all design, consulting and construction agreements for the development of a hotel and resort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the costs of construction were estimated to be in excess of $300 Million. The representation involved close coordination with local Brazilian counsel and successful navigation of cultural and language barriers.
Jeffrey Winick, John-Paul Lujan and Jeffrey Charkow have recently published a chapter entitled Claims for Disruption/Loss of Productivity for the IICLE® Construction Law Library devoted to the litigation of construction disputes. Mr. Charkow made a presentation involving these issues at the IICLE Critical Issues in Construction Litigation seminar in October 2013.
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We are pleased to announce that U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Firm as a "Best Law Firm" by awarding the firm the publication's highest ranking of Tier 1 for Construction Litigation at both the national and local (Chicago) levels. The Firm was also ranked for its commercial litigation practice in Chicago. The rankings are included in the November 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Law Firms" ranking for the 2011-2012 year. In addition, both of the co-founders of the Firm, Robert J. Harris and Jeffrey H. Winick, were named among the Best Lawyers in America. "We are honored to receive the highest rankings in the area of construction and to be recognized by our peers and the community," said Robert Harris, the Firm's most senior partner. "We thank our clients for their trust and continued support, as well our talented attorney's and staff for their hard work and dedication. We are particularly proud of this achievement having recently celebrated the Firm's first year in business."
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