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Marty focuses his practice on the defense of attorneys and law firms in ethical and legal malpractice matters that generally arise from commercial engagements. He has represented an AmLaw 50 firm for over 20 years, offering practical advice and efficiently handling a range of litigation and ethical matters.

Recently, Marty represented a law firm alleged to have aided and abetted a breach of fiduciary duty by a trustee. He also advises attorneys or groups of attorneys who are looking to laterally transfer from one law firm to another.

Marty is frequently called on as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. He typically testifies on the “standard of care” element in such cases.

In his commercial litigation practice, Marty represents clients involved in business disputes throughout a range of industries, including advising a nonprofit in a dispute over a master services agreement and representing a real estate developer separating from his long-time partner in resolving ongoing litigation. He offers practical advice with the goal of avoiding litigation or effectively channeling the litigation toward the best result possible for the client.

Marty has additionally represented Illinois companies, including Navy Pier, Inc., in defense of class action lawsuits asserting violations of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and other alleged statutory violations.

Marty is Much's delegate to Ally Law, an organization of midsize law firms that work together to better serve business clients with worldwide legal needs. He is a frequent writer and speaker on legal malpractice and ethics topics and previously served as a faculty member for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

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Living in Beverly on the South Side of Chicago, I am very active in the community. I have served on several local boards, supported my parish, helped with community fundraising efforts, and coached various sports teams throughout the years.

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