Carmen D. Caruso is a trial lawyer first, and a franchise lawyer second. Carmen has tried more than 40 cases to decision in state and federal courts in Illinois and across the country. In addition, as an Arbitrator, he has presided over nearly 20 hearings in the last five years.
The Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm is quite proud of the fact that it receives most of its business by referrals from other attorneys from all over the country, from former clients and from other professionals that are familiar with Carmen's work and his reputation.
After serving as the Chair of the Franchise & Distribution Practice of a larger firm (a practice group that he founded for that firm), Caruso formed his own law firm to be free of conflicts of interest that result from his representation of franchisees and dealers, and more importantly to take compelling cases to trial. To this end, Caruso has assembled a talented small firm team of associates, paralegals and law clerks that enables him to compete across the county in significant cases against much larger law firms.
In recent years, Carmen has been averaging three or more trials per year, and 2016 will be no different.
Caruso started in franchise litigation as a protege of former federal prosecutors Tom Foran and Dick Schultz, with whom he successfully defended McDonald's Corporation and Godfather's Pizza in numerous cases.
Over the years Caruso has emerged as one of the most highly regarded trial attorneys in the nation on the franchisee/ dealer side of these contentious disputes.
In addition, Caruso has been successful in legal malpractice cases, representing either plaintiffs and defendants in different cases. Some, but not all of his legal malpractice cases have involved alleged negligence by other lawyers in the practice of franchise law. Other cases have involved very serious alleged breaches by other attorneys of their ethical duties.
Caruso accepts challenging cases in all areas of commercial litigation, and frequently works with other attorneys as their client's counsel in Chicago, or as trial counsel for their clients.
Caruso is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the National Jesuit Honor Society), the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities of Chicago, and member of the Union League Club of Chicago, where he serves as a Trustee for the Union League of Chicago Boys & Girls Clubs.