Jeffrey H. Bergman
J.D. University of Wisconsin – 1986
A.B. University of Chicago – 1982
Mr. Bergman is a business trial attorney, with broad experience in areas including complex commercial litigation, financial services litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, securities fraud, ERISA and other fiduciary litigation, trademark infringement litigation, litigation concerning the enforcement of employee restrictive covenants, and defamation defense. His clients range from individuals and family owned businesses to financial institutions, publicly owned companies, national accounting and consulting firms, and government agencies. He has tried cases in courts around the country involving claims such as breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty, and has also resolved many cases through arbitration and mediation.
In some of his representative engagements, Mr. Bergman has: Successfully defended the former CEO of a bankrupt Chicago-area public company in shareholder class action alleging securities fraud, and in breach of fiduciary duty suit brought by the bankruptcy estate that sought to recover over $400 million in damages.
Acted as lead debtor’s counsel in successful chapter 11 bankruptcy of a substantial Illinois automobile parts manufacturer.
Represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its role as receiver of a failed bank in a successful mediation of the FDIC’s claims of breach of fiduciary duty against the bank’s officers and directors.
Successfully defended an Italian manufacturer of complex machinery in a federal action brought by a U.S. customer who alleged fraud and breaches of performance warranties, and claimed over $20 million in damages.
Successfully defended a national beer importer in a federal jury trial in which a rival sought significant damages and attorneys’ fees for alleged tortious interference with its contract with a German brewery, violations of the Sherman Act, and violations of Florida’s beer distributors’ franchise act.
Represented a “big four” accounting firm in a lawsuit against departing employees involving clams of breach of restrictive covenants and violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Successfully pursued claims of fraud and breach of warranties on behalf of a Wisconsin credit union against the National Credit Union Administration arising out by its purchase of over $10 million of defaulting construction loans from a Colorado credit union that had been placed under NCUA administration.
Won an award in an American Arbitration Association proceeding in favor of a seller of a business on claims brought by the buyer of fraud and breaches of warranties in the purchase and sale agreement. The buyer had sought $3.5 million for diminished value of the business, plus $10 million in punitive damages.
Won a jury verdict in favor of a national wholesale distributor of office products in a federal lawsuit brought by a former customer who claimed that the defendant’s sudden suspension of its credit accommodations drove it out of business and sought over $3.5 million in damages.
Won a jury verdict in favor of a corporate defendant in a breach of contract action in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging breach of a $2.6 million contract for the construction of a gas turbine electricity self-generation system.
Won a verdict in a federal bench trial of claims arising out of construction defects on behalf of the owner of a large industrial facility.
Won an award for the purchaser of a direct mail marketing company in an American Arbitration Association proceeding in which the seller sought $1.2 million in additional earnout compensation, and the purchaser sought the refund of a $500,000 earnout advance.
Represented two ERISA plans sponsored by a Chicago-area public company in a federal trial of their breach of fiduciary duty claims against a large Chicago bank, arising out of the bank’s administration of a joint trust that invested approximately $3 million of plan assets in commercial real estate.
Mr. Bergman is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Chicago Bar Association. He is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School, where he has taught Introduction to Trial Advocacy since 2006. He has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a distinction limited to one-third of one percent of all practicing lawyers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, which provides integrated legal and social work services for low-income high school students and young adults in his home town of Evanston. While in law school, he served as an Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.