Robert S. Minetz is a Partner at Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC. Bob practices primarily as a commercial litigator. He has extensive experience in all facets of litigation, including the preparation and trial of all types of commercial cases. He also has handled more than ninety appeals, including preparation of briefs and presentation of arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Courts. Bob’s clients include middle-market companies, entrepreneurs, real estate developers, families, churches and animal shelters.
- University of Illinois, J.D., 1973, summa cum laude
- DePaul University, B.A., 1968
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1973
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1975
- Supreme Court of the United States, 1979
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 1982
- Chicago Bar Association, Vice Chair, Civil Practice Committee, 2016-2017
- Appellate Lawyers Association
Successfully defended a landlord against common law claims and a claim under the Visual Artists Rights Act (“VARA”) by an artist who was wrongfully evicted from his studio. A jury in the federal court in Rockford awarded the plaintiff $120,000 on his $5,000,000 VARA claim and $300,000 on his $11,000,000 common law claims. This victory was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on 7-19-19.
Obtained a judgment after a jury trial in favor of two doctors who sued another doctor for a breach of a settlement agreement.
Court issued a Memorandum Order and Judgment finding client not guilty of unduly influencing client’s father to amend trust.
Represented real estate purchasers, obtained judgment after a bench trial ordering the reimbursement of earnest money deposit on the basis of force majeure. The decision was affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court.
Represented a humane society, obtained an injunction against mule diving at Kiddieland Park.
Represented attorneys who sued their former client for interest on their attorneys’ fees. The attorneys worked for their client on her divorce case based on her oral promise to pay them 9% interest on the legal fees. Following a $20,000,000 divorce settlement, she paid the fees but not the interest. The jury entered a verdict in favor of his clients for $1,277,120.
Represented a group of ten subcontractors as trial co-counsel. Obtained a judgment for $6,948,195.31 after a bench trial. The award was against a lender who lured the clients back to home construction jobs. The award included over $1 million in punitive damages.
Settled a will contest that was filed on behalf of two siblings against two other siblings. The matter was so contentious that an armed, undercover police officer was present at the mediation. The settlement documents took over six months to complete.
Obtained a “bad faith” finding for a contractor in a declaratory judgment action filed by his insurance carrier.
Successfully defended an automobile dealer in a jury trial in based on a fraud claim by an unhappy customer.
Obtained a judgment in favor of a plaintiff in her sexual harassment/hostile environment case in the United States District Court.
Granted a favorable ruling after a bench trial on the merits allowing client to keep a fifteen year lease option despite the option being exercised one month late. The appellate court affirmed the ruling.
Obtained a ruling in a bench trial in favor of a church in a zoning case allowing the client to build a new church in an industrial area. The appellate court affirmed the ruling.
Obtained a favorable judgement in federal court on behalf of one of the trustees of a pension plan who was the subject of an ERISA suit.
- June 1968 to January 1970, Specialist 5, assigned duty as a Chaplain’s assistant, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam
- Awarded Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal