Avidan J. Stern
is co-founder of Lynch & Stern LLP, a boutique litigation firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to opening that firm in early 2008, Mr. Stern practiced in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP for 18 years. Mr. Stern has represented numerous clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts in a wide variety of commercial litigation, including securities matters, contract disputes, real estate development and mortgage matters, class actions, corporate governance disputes, derivative actions and consumer claims.
In securities and shareholder class action litigation, Mr. Stern has represented broker-dealers, securities issuers, investment companies, investment advisors, corporate directors/officers and special litigation committees. Representative cases include defending a securities broker in Indiana state court and administrative proceedings regarding services provided to a large institutional client; representing the special litigation committee of a Fortune 500 media conglomerate in a shareholder class action brought in Illinois state court, successfully moving to dismiss; defending the officers and directors of a Midwestern retailer in federal court in Michigan against a shareholder class action, settling favorably through a third-party mediator; and working on the trial of a shareholder class action and tender offer contest in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of the general partner of a real estate limited partnership.
In addition, Mr. Stern has represented a variety of clients in other types of commercial litigation. Among other cases, he recently tried a quiet title action on behalf of a developer in Chicago's Near North Side against a neighbor using part of the client's building as a party wall, obtaining a complete victory. Mr. Stern currently represents an international hotel conglomerate prosecuting antitrust claims against manufacturers of polyurethane foam. He also represents a large commercial real estate developer in ongoing disputes with a lender regarding a mall in Chicago's Loop, including a contested receivership motion and interlocutory appeal. Other representative matters include participating in a trial over a prepayment penalty in a large commercial mortgage, in which the court ruled that the client was not required to pay the demanded penalty of over $50 million; prosecuting claims by an electric utility against three former executives in Ohio state court over alleged breaches of fiduciary and contractual duties, settling during trial; representing a major distributor of electronic news and market pricing information regarding a contract dispute involving assets purchased in a bankruptcy sale, overturning a preliminary injunction on interlocutory appeal and settling the parties' respective remaining claims through mediation; and defending a landlord against a multi-million dollar claim of wrongful refusal to sublease, obtaining full dismissal on summary judgment.
Mr. Stern has written and lectured on civil procedure matters for many years, and also maintains a blog and Twitter feed concerning interesting civil procedure and electronic discovery developments at www.civprolaw.com
. He received his bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude
from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and his J.D. with honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 1989.