Focusing on commercial litigation and employment law, Mark Brookstein enjoys a diverse practice across a broad spectrum of industries. In addition to litigating matters involving contracts, real estate, business torts and other commercial disputes, Mark regularly advises employers on matters such as regulatory compliance, employee issues and protection of proprietary information.

As a litigator, Mark provides trusted business counsel to further Gould & Ratner’s philosophy of understanding a client’s overall strategic goals first and foremost. Some of his most recent cases include:

  • Defending a nationwide food ingredient distributor against claims of selling adulterated sweetener
  • Obtaining a temporary restraining order for a client to prevent a neighboring municipality from directing storm water into quarry operated by a building materials supplier
  • Advising an international manufacturer of food processing systems on the applicability of U.S., E.U. and German contract law
  • Because the best litigation strategy is often to avoid it, Mark regularly engages in alternative dispute resolution to reduce risk and cost to clients. When litigation is unavoidable, Mark has the practical experience of trying cases in state, federal and arbitral forums.

    Mark also leads the Litigation Practice's appellate team and has argued and won appeals on both the state and federal levels. As the result of one of his most recent victories in the Illinois Appellate Court, Mark helped strengthen protections for corporations and partnerships against veil-piercing claims

    Credentials

    Education

    • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with high honors
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., with distinction

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois

    Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • Board member, Glencoe Historical Society
    • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
    • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
    • PILI Fellow

    Key Cases or Transactions

    • Represented video display manufacturer in dispute concerning development of 3-D technology for use in the gaming industry.
    • Obtained affirmance of trial court’s refusal to pierce the veil of general partner in connection with dispute over multi-million dollar real estate development, strengthening Illinois protection for corporate entities.
    • Represented newspaper during federal jury trial against defamation claim stemming from investigation of pyramid scheme.
    • Represented investment bank against securities fraud and ERISA claims stemming from the collapse of Global Crossing.