KENNETH S. GOODSMITH
Kenneth S. GoodSmith

Kenneth S. GoodSmith is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1981. Ken was a Notes and Comments Editor on the Northwestern University Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Upon his graduation from Northwestern, he clerked for the late Robert Sprecher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ken has broad experience in commercial litigation and counseling, with particular emphasis on franchise and antitrust law. In recent years, he has handled a number of real estate litigation matters. Ken also headed the employment law group at the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins and continues to provide representation in that area.

 

 

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    General Commercial Representations

     

    • Franchisor in action by supplier alleging breach of contract

     

    • Restaurant creator in suit alleging breach of partnership agreement

     

    • Individual investor in partnership dispute over a casino in Greece

     

    • Boat manufacturer in action by supplier alleging breach of contract and business torts

     

    • Bank in action by overseas investor claiming lenders improperly drew on letter of credit in connection with construction of Chicago office building

     

    • Software development company in connection with dispute over software development contracts

     

    • Medical supply company in litigation involving allegedly injurious television program broadcast

     

    • Investment partnership in arbitration of investor rights under stock purchase agreement

     

    • Food product manufacturer in disputes with minority shareholder

     

    • Numerous clients providing counseling on contract issues

     

    • Minority shareholders of software company in dispute with majority shareholders

     

     

     Real Estate Litigations

     

    • Various lenders in cases against commercial land developers seeking recovery on notes and guaranties

     

    • Large real estate owner and management entity in various disputes with tenants over lease rights

     

    • Hospitality company in dispute with a shopping center tenant

     

    • Clothing retailer on matters relating to lease disputes in several Chicago-area locations

     

    • Real estate management company in dispute over real estate contract obligations

     

    • Hospitality company in connection with foreclosure of hotel and resulting contractual liability issues

     

    • Real estate management company in forcible detainer action against large Chicago law firm

     

     

     Antitrust and Franchise Matters

     

    • Aircraft parts manufacturer in various cases brought by distributors alleging inter alia, Sherman Act Sections 1 and 2 violations

     

    • Automobile manufacturers in litigation of various dealer claims in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia

     

    • Convenience store franchiser in various disputes with franchisees.

     

    • Acquiring and acquired entities in connection with FTC or DOJ first or second requests under HSR

     

    • Numerous corporate clients, providing counseling on antitrust, franchise and HSR issues

     

    • Commercial truck franchiser in dispute regarding termination of franchise

     

     

     Employment Law

     

    • Retailer in connection with employment issues relating to disposition of real estate subsidiary, including compliance with the WARN Act and executive separation issues

     

    • Hardware cooperative in various disputes with former employees

     

    • Cash handling equipment manufacturer in various disputes with former employees

     

    • Food store chain in connection with wrongful termination claim

     

    • Various companies and individuals in connection with issues relating to non-competition, non-solicitation, and other provisions in employment agreements

     

    • Numerous executives in negotiating retention and separation agreements

     

     

    Criminal and Regulatory Investigative Matters

     

    • Equipment manufacturer in connection with prosecution by Department of Justice for alleged bid-rigging

     

    • Waste management company in connection with investigation by U.S. Attorney into alleged bribery of public officials and illegal campaign contributions

     

    • Fortune 500 company in connection with investigation by SEC of alleged insider trading and “tipping”

     

    • Former director of publicly traded company in connection with investigation by SEC of alleged insider trading and “tipping”

     

    • Medical supply company in connection with investigation by U.S. Attorney into alleged Medicare fraud

     

    • Food company in connection with investigation by Food and Drug Administration into alleged product mislabeling

     

     

Kenneth S. GoodSmith

 

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T: 312 322-1986

F: 312 322-0056

 

kgoodsmith@ggulaw.com

 

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Practice Areas

Commercial Disputes and Litigation

Employment Counseling and Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants

Antitrust Counseling and Litigation

 

 

Education

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1981

 

Georgetown University, B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, 1978

 

 

 

Bar Admissions

Illinois

 

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar)

 

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

 

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

 

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