Robert S. Minetz
Robert S. Minetz joined Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC as a partner in September of 2009. He practices primarily as a commercial litigator. Bob has extensive experience, including the preparation and trial of all types of commercial cases and also an appellate practice, including preparation of briefs and presentation of arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Courts in over ninety cases.
Summary of Professional Experience and Representative Clients:
- Represented attorneys who sued their former client for interest on their attorneys’ fees. The attorneys worked for their client on her divorce case based on her oral promise to pay them 9% interest on the legal fees. Following a $20,000,000 divorce settlement, she paid the fees but not the interest. The jury entered a verdict in favor of his clients for $1,277,120.
- Represented a group of ten subcontractors as trial co-counsel. Obtained a judgment for $6,948,195.31 after a bench trial. The award was against a lender who lured the clients back to home construction jobs. The award included over $1 million in punitive damages.
- Settled a will contest that was filed on behalf of two siblings against two other siblings. The matter was so contentious that an armed, undercover police officer was present at the mediation. The settlement documents took over six months to complete.
- Obtained a “bad faith” finding from Judge Agran for a contractor in a declaratory judgment action filed by his insurance carrier.
- Successfully defended an automobile dealer in a jury trial in based on a fraud claim by an unhappy customer.
- Obtained a judgment in favor of a plaintiff in her sexual harassment/hostile environment case in the United States District Court.
- Judge Nowicki ruled in his client’s favor after a trial on the merits and allowed the client to keep the 15 year lease option even though the option was exercised one month late. The appellate court affirmed the ruling.
- Represented Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in a zoning case before Judge Getty. After trial, the judge ruled in favor of the Church and entered an order allowing it to build a new church in an industrial area. The appellate court affirmed the trial court.
- Represented one of the Trustees of a pension plan who was the subject of an ERISA suit. After trial, Judge Gettleman of the United States District Court ruled in client’s favor against the plaintiff and in the plaintiff’s favor against the co-defendant.
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1973
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1975
Supreme Court of the United States, 1979
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 1982
University of Illinois, J.D., summa cum laude, 1973
DePaul University, B.A., 1968
Chicago Bar Association, Vice Chair, Civil Practice Committee, 2016-2017
Illinois State Bar Association
Appellate Lawyers Association