Thomas Paul Luning has concentrated his practice in litigation, representing various clients in the following areas:
- Multi-defendant and multi-district antitrust cases
- Class actions
- Corporate takeover litigation
- Matters involving dealer termination
- Distributorship agreement disputes
- Thefts of trade secrets
- Breach of confidentiality and non-competition agreements
- Unfair competition
- Securities fraud
- Commodities fraud
- Bank fraud
- Insurance company insolvency
- Contract disputes
- Other business, corporate and commercial claim
He served as Managing Partner of our firm from 1990 to 1996, as well as General Counsel to the firm from 1997 to 2012.
His representations include:
- A European pharmaceutical company in defending its rights to one of its most promising drugs against a suit by a top scientist who claimed to be the inventor, in U.S.-based litigation that involved discovery in Europe.
- A major financial institution in cases involving alleged raiding of a competitor and a sensitive retaliatory discharge claim by a former officer.
- A major insurance company in commercial general liability insurance antitrust litigation, where he had lead responsibility for coordinating the development of a multi-defendant defense plan in state court and for defense of federal court actions after remand from the U.S. Supreme Court.
- A public utility company in a shareholder derivative action arising out of construction of a nuclear power plant. Thomas conducted the proceedings that led to the first reported decision under Illinois law to uphold the right of a special committee of a board of directors to terminate a derivative action after a special committee investigation.
- A principal defendant company in its defense of civil and criminal actions in the Corrugated Container Antitrust Litigation. Thomas prepared the defendants’ joint economic defense for the three-and-a-half-month criminal jury trial that resulted in the acquittal of all defendants. He also was principally responsible for developing and presenting the client’s affirmative evidence. In the civil actions, he was active in organizing and coordinating joint defense activities as well as the client’s individual defense, and he had lead responsibility for development of a judgment sharing agreement among most of the defendants in the opt-out cases, which resulted in significant savings in defendants’ settlements.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1967
- Xavier University, H.A.B., 1964
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. Tax Court
- American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
- Chicago Bar Association, Board of Managers, Past Member; Professional Responsibility Committee, Past Chair; Large Law Firm Committee, Past Chair
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Lawyers Club of Chicago
- Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., Past Co-Chair
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