Paul T. Fox - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Paul T. Fox

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 312-456-8420

Paul T. Fox focuses his practice in commercial litigation for more than 30 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. 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 experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation. He 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. 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. He has handled cases at the trial and appellate level involving issues arising under virtually every article of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as more general contract and corporate matters. He is a frequent lecturer on topics including check fraud, class actions, employment discrimination and trial techniques.

Paul was one of the two founding shareholders of the firm's Chicago office, and has been instrumental in the expansion of the office. Since opening in 1999, the Chicago office has grown from three lawyers to the substantial presence in the Chicago legal community it is today.

Northwestern UniversityBA 1975Northwestern University School of LawJ.D. 1978
Northwestern University School of LawLeukemia and Lymphoma SocietyJewish United FundChicago Bar AssociationWisconsin Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationAlbany Bank & Trust Co., N.A.Israel Cancer Research Fund

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Areas of Concentration
  • Commercial litigation
  • Banking
  • Class actions
  • Lender liability
  • Workouts
  • Negotiable instruments and bank collections
  • Securities litigation
  • Employment litigation
Significant Representations
  • Quincy Commerce Center v. Maritime Administration, et al., 451 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2006) (Defense of challenge to federal auction in which client was successful bidder)
  • Rendler v. Corus Bank, N.A., 272 F.3d 992 (7th Cir. 2001) (Defense of TILA class action)
  • CCC Information Services, Inc. v. American Salvage Pool Association, 230 F.3d 342 (7th Cir. 2000) (Defended appeal from order regarding subject matter jurisdiction of District Court)
  • Adreani v. First Colonial Bankshares Corp., 154 F.3d 389 (7th Cir. 1998) (Successful defense of ADEA claim)
  • Bank Leumi Le Israel, BM v. Lee, 928 F.2d 232 (7th Cir. 1991) (Prosecution of guarantee claim in face of lender liability counterclaims)
  • Dana Corporation v. American Precision Co., 827 F.2d 755 (Fed. Cir. 1987) (Defense of patent infringement claim)
  • United States General, Inc. v. Albert, et al., 792 F.2d 678 (7th Cir. 1985) (Appeal arising out of Fair Housing Act claim brought on behalf of developer against municipality and its officers)
  • Miller v. Hypoguard, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27095 (SD IL 2006) (Opposed remand motion in class action removed from Third Judicial Circuit in Madison County, IL)
  • International Casings Group, Inc. v. Premium Standard Farms, Inc., 358 F. Supp. 2d 863 (WD MO 2005) (Trial of preliminary injunction to enforce long term output contract for sale of goods)
Part 2
  • Canel v. Lincoln National Bank, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12519 (ND IL 1998) (Summary judgment entered in favor of client on negligent misrepresentation theory in class action)
  • Unytite, Inc. v. Lohr Structural Fasteners, Inc., 768 F. Supp. 665 (ND IL 1991) (Opposed motion to transfer case to defendant's home venue in Texas)
  • CIT Group Equipment Financing, Inc. v. Alberto, 130 F.R.D. 657 (ND IL 1990); 1990 Bankr. LEXIS 2704 (Bkr ND IL 1990); 1990 Bankr. LEXIS 2507 (Bkr ND IL 1990) (Prosecution of claims in secured lending dispute)
  • First National Bank of Monroe v. Harris Trust & Savings Bank, 649 F. Supp. 1577 (WD WI 1987) (Successful prosecution of motion to remand to Circuit Court for Green County, WI)
  • In re Pryor Eczel Corp., 1990 Bankr. LEXIS 510 (Bkr ND IL 1990) (Prosecution of preference claim)
  • In re Correa, 58 B.R. 88 (Bkr ND IL 1986) (Trial on behalf of financial institution resulting in finding of nondischargeability based on debtors' failure to cooperate, rejecting debtors' defense of substance abuse interfering with ability to cooperate in case)
Part 3
  • Hill v. St. Paul Federal Bank for Savings, 329 Ill. App. 3d 705, 768 N.E. 2d 322 (1st Dist. 2002) (Defense of class action challenging overdraft fees imposed by financial institution based on UCC Article 4 "order or payment" issue)
  • Bank of Chicago-Garfield Ridge v. Park National Bank, 237 Ill. App. 3d 1085, 606 N.E. 2d 72 (1st Dist. 2002) (Appeal arising out of representation of participant against lead bank in loan participation resulting in judgment for full amount of client's interest after trial on merits)
  • Latex Glove Co. v. Gruen, 146 Ill. App. 3d 868, 497 N.E.2d 466 (1st Dist. 1986) (Defense of claim against commercial printer over ownership of original "proofs" for color offset catalog)
  • Orlove v. Novick, 78 Ill. App. 3d 1141, 398 N.E.2d 170 (1st Dist. 1979) (Representation of client in overturning contempt finding based on assertion of Fifth Amendment privilege in case of first impression in Illinois)

Client Comments

"Paul Fox is a superb and aggressive litigator. He is the "go-to" guy when you have a significant or critical issue and you need your interests represented by the most able counsel obtainable."

-Robert Gecht
Albany Bank & Trust Co., NA

Office Location

77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation