Sean B. Crotty
Phone: (312) 606-8626
· J.D., DePaul University College of Law
· B.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
· U.S. Supreme Court
· U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit
· U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Member of Trial Bar)
· Illinois Super Lawyers
· Best Lawyers in America
· American Bar Association (Section of Litigation)
· Illinois State Bar Association
· Chicago Bar Association
· Village of River Forest Ethics
Commission, Chairman (2006-2016)
· The Use of the I.R.P.C. in Legal
Malpractice Actions, Chicago
· Disclosure, Informed Consent and the
Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct,
Chicago Bar Association
· Legal Ethics, Illinois Association of
Defense Trial Counsel
Sean B. Crotty has been practicing law in Chicago for nearly two decades. He focuses his practice on four principal areas: complex commercial litigation, executive compensation, employment disputes, and business counseling.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Mr. Crotty tries complex commercial cases to verdict in federal and state courts. He prosecutes and defends cases involving legal and accounting malpractice, directors' and officers' liability, breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement and a myriad of other business disputes. In addition to his own litigation practice, Mr. Crotty is regularly retained to assist other attorneys to prepare for trial or to act as lead trial counsel on their matters.
Among his other litigation accomplishments, Mr. Crotty:
Mr. Crotty represents C-suite and other senior executives regarding all aspects of executive compensation. He drafts, reviews, and negotiates employment, severance and change of control agreements for executives and advises them regarding incentive compensation, deferred compensation, and retirement plans.
In addition to negotiating employment contracts and separation agreements, Mr. Crotty represents executives and companies in a variety of employment disputes. He prosecutes and defends cases alleging breaches of non-competition and non-solicit agreements, misappropriation of trade secret claims, severance and change in control disputes, retaliatory discharge claims and Title VII cases. Mr. Crotty also frequently represents executives in connection with internal investigations and challenging exits.
Mr. Crotty counsels businesses and senior executives with respect to a myriad of legal issues. Whether it is advising their Board of Directors regarding the proper exercise of fiduciary duty or negotiating the acquisition of a business for them, clients turn to Mr. Crotty for sound practical counsel.