The law firm of King & Jones handles significant cases in Chicago and nationwide involving business disputes and commercial litigation, trusts & estates litigation, insurance litigation, and more. Our law firm works with small businesses facing employment disputes and corporate clients dealing with large commercial disputes. We also help individual policyholders challenge insurance giants when their claims have been denied unjustly. When our experienced attorneys take on your case, it's personal to us.
Your goals are our goals. And we strive to achieve the best results as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. For over 30 years, our Chicago business litigation lawyers have successfully handled a wide variety of contract disputes, commercial litigation, arbitrations, and more. Our business lawyers look forward to meeting with you to learn about your business operations, and we appreciate the opportunity to provide top-notch legal services for all your business litigation needs.
A big indicator of our law firm's success is that former clients return to King & Jones whenever they have a need for legal services in one of our main areas of practice. We develop close relationships with our clients, and they appreciate not only the results we obtain for them but also how they are treated by attorneys and staff at the firm.
Our law firm is proud of our reputation in the legal community, where we are considered some of the best lawyers in the Chicago area. We strive to give our clients sound advice to guide their commercial law decisions. Many competent lawyers are capable of laying out options for their clients. King & Jones takes the further step of advising clients on the pros and cons, the benefits, risks, rewards, and consequences of taking different paths regarding a particular legal matter. We then create a roadmap to success. We view every engagement as a partnership with our clients and consider it our duty to guide you toward the best resolution in your particular circumstances.
“Peter and Bill are exceptional lawyers. They are very hardworking, smart, and tenacious, always focusing on achieving the best possible result for their clients. We have co-counseled complex cases involving aviation mid-air collisions, business disputes, and matters involving insurance bad faith. In each instance, Peter and Bill exhibited superior lawyering that led to outstanding victories for our clients. You will not find better lawyers than King and Jones.” – Rd Fleck
“This is a professional group of lawyers that have excellent ethics and clear view of the law. We used this firm for 15 years in complex legal issues with much success.” – Terry O’Malley
“Peter King and Bill Jones are lawyers' lawyers. They are both extremely intelligent and organized. The first thing that I do is call Peter and Bill whenever a complex commercial litigation case crosses my desk.” – William Warmouth
“I hired Peter to represent my co-directors and me in a breach of fiduciary duty dispute with a co-owner. Peter and his partner Bill joined our trial team just prior to trial and helped us obtain a complete victory at trial. Peter had an uncanny ability to focus on what was important to succeed at trial. Peter was well prepared, organized and thoughtful.” – Oliver Nicklin
“In my opinion, they are the best business lawyers in Chicago. I would not want to be opposing counsel against them. I have used them personally and I highly recommend them.” – Kenneth Piercey
Although our experienced trial lawyers have earned a solid reputation in the courtroom, we also resolve complex commercial disputes without going to trial. Our experienced attorneys have successfully arbitrated and negotiated numerous business, trusts and estates, and commercial litigation matters. Many of the settlements we have entered into for our clients contain confidentiality clauses, so in some instances, we are prohibited from fully discussing the results of each successful resolution.
We have successfully defended shareholders and members in many shareholder disputes initiated by minority equity holders for breach of fiduciary duty in Illinois and Missouri. The underlying companies involved in the cases include private equity, cable TV, financial services, hedge funds, home building, and food services, just to name a few. One of our more recent cases involved a trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, where our trial lawyers defended a client against a $30,000,000 damage claim. After the trial, the court ruled in favor of our client on all claims.
We successfully represented minority members of a Delaware LLC in a suit to obtain books and records of a large hedge fund. The case involved lawsuits in Illinois and Delaware. We were able to successfully obtain a fair price for our clients' membership interests.
Our experienced trial lawyers obtained a jury verdict for a minority shareholder in a corporate freeze out, and the verdict included an assessment of punitive damages.
One of our trial lawyers obtained a jury verdict against a general partner for breach of fiduciary duty in excess of $18,000,000 after a two-week jury trial. The court later added millions in equitable prejudgment interest to the verdict. The case was eventually settled after an appeal.
We obtained summary judgment in favor of our client, a personal representative of a $60,000,000 estate in Florida, successfully defending claims of mismanagement of the Estate’s assets.
We represent litigants in Probate Trust and Estate jury trials and other disputes regularly.
King & Jones obtained a favorable settlement for a large antique dealer against his property insurer for inventory damage caused by a gas leak.
A King & Jones trial lawyer obtained a verdict against a large insurance company in a bad faith case involving an antique dealer. Based on our legal arguments, the Court ordered the company to pay our client's attorney's fees under the Illinois Insurance Code.
We regularly represent policyholders in contract disputes against their insurance companies.
We succeeded in having the Illinois Appellate Court vacate an arbitration award against our clients on the basis that the arbitrators lacked power to reform a contract.
Although we are all members of the Illinois Bar, we also handle business and commercial litigation in other states. For example, we obtained an injunction in Marion County, Florida, for a philanthropist who donated a museum, artwork, and millions of dollars to the Florida State University Foundation. The Foundation was sued for breaching its promise to care for the Museum in perpetuity. The case settled on favorable terms while on appeal.
King & Jones has a history of involvement in high-profile civil rights litigation. Together with Gerry L. Spence of Jackson, Wyoming, the firm represented Dennis Williams, one of the “Ford Heights Four,” in a malicious prosecution case against Cook County, Illinois, and certain Sheriff’s deputies. Mr. Williams spent 18 years in prison, 15 of those on death row, for a crime he did not commit. All four cases were settled in April 1999 for $36,000,000. Williams v. County of Cook, Case No. 97 L 4886 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).
Our firm attorneys were appointed to represent James Marshall, a Chicago police torture victim, in his post-conviction proceedings. On February 8, 2019, following a full evidentiary hearing, the Circuit Court granted James’s post-trial motion and vacated his conviction after James served 30 years for a crime he did not commit. The People of the State of Illinois v. James Marshall, Case No. 88 CR 18817 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). That decision was affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court. Our law firm continues to work diligently for civil rights victims and pursue justice for those wronged at the hands of government representatives.
King & Jones has a passion for serving our clients, protecting their interests, and exceeding their expectations using our extensive experience, diligent work ethic, and dedicated firm support. We have represented clients through a vast array of complex disputes and are not afraid to put our experience to the test in bringing your case to a successful resolution. We understand that solutions require a replete body of knowledge and individualized attention. Our comprehensive understanding of business law and civil litigation practice allows us to provide effective strategies for our clients and work to meet their individual goals.
Because our practice is national in scope, we work with co-counsel from other states on many of our cases. Having a trusting and solid relationship with our co-counsel is critical to our success in any case. We forge strong bonds with the lawyers we work with and typically work together with those lawyers more than once. We believe in fair fees and work-sharing arrangements with our co-counsel so everyone is on the same page. Testimonials from lawyers we have worked with all over the country are included on this page. Feel free to give these lawyers a call. We are happy to discuss working on a case with you as co-counsel.