Jonathan L. Loew
Jonathan concentrates his practice on civil trials, complex and critical motions, and appellate matters.
Jonathan has represented numerous lawyers and judges in cases involving professional responsibility, malpractice and ethics, including complaints of misconduct and disciplinary proceedings before the Hearing and Review Boards of the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission and the Illinois Supreme Court.
“Like every effective litigator, I work diligently to present my client’s position, make sure that the client is treated fairly, and assist the court in reaching a just decision.”
Jonathan has also counseled banks, financial services companies, trusts and trustees, fiduciaries and other businesses in a broad range of real estate and commercial litigation. He represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and draws on his extensive background and legal acumen to quickly and aggressively pursue client objectives at every step of the process.
Jonathan has played a leading role in many important published decisions, including:
- In re Estate of Bohn (Buczkiewicz v. Bohn): pro bono case reversing dismissal of claimant’s action for quantum meruit and fair compensation from the decedent’s estate for services she rendered to the decedent over the 40 years she had lived with him
- Runnion v. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago: pro bono case reversing dismissal of hearing-impaired girl’s complaint against regional Girl Scout organization alleging that it violated the anti-discrimination provisions of the Rehabilitation Act by refusing her request for sign language interpreter services and then retaliating against her by disbanding her troop in response to her mother's complaints
- Merrilees v. Merrilees: case affirming dismissal of actions to unwind a marital settlement agreement under theories of conspiracy, fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
- Barber v. American Airlines, Inc.: case clarifying application of the mootness doctrine in class actions when a defendant tenders relief prior to motion for class certification
- Keck v. Vasey: case confirming a client’s right not to appeal an adverse decision and to discharge a lawyer without penalty at the conclusion of proceedings in the trial court, despite a contingent fee contract
- Mermelstein v. Preferred Enteral Systems, Inc.: case resolving discrepancies between provisions of the Limitations Act
- In re Richman: case detailing obligations and standards for disbarred lawyers petitioning for reinstatement to the practice of law
- In re Estate of Davis (Whyte v. Citicorp Savings): first impression case construing the Illinois Durable Powers of Attorney Act and duty of third parties to investigate the legitimacy of durable powers of attorney, resulting in a legislative change conforming the law to the bank's position in the case
- Comerica Bank-Illinois v. Harris Bank Hinsdale: case clarifying the rights of obligations of a mortgagee seeking to exercise an assignment of rents
- Affiliated Bank v. Evans Tool & Mfg. Co.: first impression case holding that the perfected security interest of a secured creditor preceded a lien created for a creditor under the Illinois Tool and Die Lien Act
- Bornstein v. First Chicago Trust Co. of Illinois: case affirming a land trustee's refusal to favor the direction of one beneficiary over another and entitling the trustee to recover its litigation fees and costs from its beneficiaries under the land trust agreement
- Wilder Binding Co. v. Oak Park Trust & Savings Bank: first impression case, later codified under Articles 3 and 4 of the Illinois Commercial Code, reversing judgments of the trial and appellate courts and fixing the rights and obligations of banks and account customers in check forgery cases
Jonathan was also part of the legal team that secured a $250 million settlement in Hale v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., a landmark class action lawsuit involving dark money in politics. Jonathan was one of the attorneys in the case honored with Public Justice's 2019 Trial Lawyers of the Year Award.
Jonathan has authored articles on interlocutory appeals, post-judgment motions, creditor remedies, civil trial practice and related topics. His work has been published in Appellate Law Review, IBA LAWwatch and the CBA Record, and by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Jonathan has spoken before many legal associations, professional organizations and other industry groups, including events sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Appellate Lawyers Association, Illinois Bankers Association, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Land Trust Council of Illinois, First American Title Insurance Company, PrivateBank and Citibank, FSB.
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Committee
- Illinois Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Appellate Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2005-2007 and 2011-2013
- Appellate Lawyers Association, Seminars Committee (Chairman, 2001-2007; Co-Chairman, 2008-2009 and 2012-2014)
- Appellate Lawyers Association, former Member of the Appellate Law Review Editorial Board
Jonathan is a frequent participant in Much's social responsibility activities. He volunteers at the Lakeview Pantry and Ronald McDonald House, and provides pro bono assistance to individuals through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.