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   3Sondra A. HemeryckChicago(312) 471-8724shemeryck@rshc-law.comshemeryck@rshc-law.comRiley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLPwww.rshc-law.comwww.rshc-law.comhemerycksondra.jpgAdvertising & Media LawClass Action/Mass Tort Defense LawCommercial LitigationTrade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law
Sondra A.
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
70 W Madison St Ste 2900
Chicago IL 60602-4246
Ph.(312) 471-8724 Fx.(312) 471-8701Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Advertising & Media Law
Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law
Commercial Litigation
Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
In her impressive and wide-ranging legal career, Sondra Hemeryck has been an influential player on teams that have defended the business interests of a world-famous athlete, protected the copyrights of some of the most celebrated movies in history, and established important protections from defamation lawsuits for Illinois publishers. You know, the usual stuff.

As persuasive on the page as she is in the courtroom, Sondra is a compelling writer and a tenacious litigator. She has an impressive track record of obtaining dismissals, summary judgments, and defense verdicts in favor of her clients in a wide range of class action cases and other complex litigation in federal and state courts nationwide.

Sondra has ably and diligently defended large and small corporations in cases involving consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, breach of warranty, breach of contract, trademark and trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, and defamation. She prides herself on creating legal strategies that are designed to achieve long-term success as well as short-term victories.

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Defense in a jury trial of $14 million breach of contract claim against the developer of the River East real estate project, resulting in a verdict for the defendant

  • Representation of a small magazine publisher in a defamation case before the Illinois Supreme Court, resulting in an opinion establishing that the privilege to publish fair and accurate reports of official proceedings cannot be defeated by actual malice, and that there is no judicial action limitation on the privilege

  • Defense in eight-day federal jury trial of trade dress infringement claim against Thermos LLC, resulting in a verdict for Thermos

  • Defense of claims based on alleged failure to recognize vesting of stock options brought against Newell Rubbermaid and Rubbermaid, Inc. by four former employees of Rubbermaid, resulting in summary judgment in favor of defendants on all seven counts of complaint and successful defense of judgment on appeal

  • Defense in five-week jury trial of $28 million claim for breach of contract to act in a movie brought by Heaven Corporation against Michael Jordan, resulting in a verdict in favor of Michael Jordan

  • Successful prosecution of trademark infringement and misappropriation claims on behalf of Michael Jordan against Avon Products and M.Z. Berger

  • Defense of multimillion dollar claims for defamation and related torts brought against the Chicago Crawford Currency Exchange and its president, resulting in summary judgment in favor of defendants on all counts

  • Successful defense of attempt by the owners of Michael Jordan's Restaurant to enjoin construction and operation of new restaurant owned by Michael Jordan

  • Defense of multimillion defamation claims brought against the auditor of the Bank of Bellwood, resulting in dismissal of the complaint with prejudice

  • Bar Admissions:  
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals
      Third Circuit
      Fourth Circuit
      Seventh Circuit
      Eighth Circuit
      Tenth Circuit
    U.S. District Court<>br/>   Northern District of Illinois
      Northern District of Indiana
      Eastern District of Wisconsin

    Year of Birth:  1964

    Law School:  Harvard Law School, J.D., 1991
    Law School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude; Editor, Harvard Law Review

    Undergraduate School:  Yale University, B.A., 1987
    Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

    Employment History:  
    Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
      Clerk, 1991-1992

    Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
    American Bar Association
    Section of Litigation
      Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee
      Woman Advocate Committee
    Chicago Bar Association

    Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
    Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competion Law, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2008-present

    Firm Description:  
    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila was established in 2016 to drive exceptional results and provide elite legal services with value-based pricing. Lean by design, their highly experienced and diverse team is intensely focused on solving their clients’ legal problems as business problems.

    Additional Office Locations:  
    San Francisco, New York

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