Ian H. Fisher represents commercial clients ranging from small entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies. Ian has successfully litigated cases involving real estate, antitrust, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenant, consumer, contract, and business tort disputes.
Ian has substantial experience defending against class action and navigating multidistrict litigation proceedings. He has successfully defended on appeal many of his trial court victories. He is skilled at identifying strategies that align with his clients’ business goals. Having served as a general counsel for both a law firm and a small company, Ian has a unique understanding of in-house counsel’s perspective.
Ian counsels clients on a wide range of issues central to their business needs, including Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) compliance, insurance policies and claims, risk mitigation, and restrictive covenants. Ian chairs the firm’s Biometric Privacy Practice Group, helping clients navigate these complex matters as they arise, especially under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”).
Illinois Super Lawyers ranks Ian as one of its “Top 100 Attorneys” in Illinois and has included Ian on its Super Lawyers list for a dozen years. For more than 17 years, the Leading Lawyers Network has named Ian as a “Leading Lawyer” in both Commercial Litigation and Class Action/Mass Tort Defense, and he has been ranked more recently as a “Leading Lawyer” in Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law. Best Lawyers recognizes Ian for Commercial Litigation. He is also rated AV Preeminent® 5/5 by Martindale-Hubbell, its top rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
- Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2016-present
- Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (formerly Schopf & Weiss LLP), 2002-16; General Counsel, Schopf & Weiss LLP; 2013-15; Associate General Counsel, Illinois at Honigman, 2015-16; Associate, 1999-2001
- Associate, Latham & Watkins, 1994-99
- Judge Advocate (General Counsel), Chicago Yacht Club, 2007-2015
- Defended companies in nearly four dozen putative class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the federal anti-junk faxing/texting/robocalling statute, including in Bellissimo v. BBVA Compass Bank, 17-cv-6833 (N.D. Ill.), and Dickey v. Leads Nat’l Corp, 16-cv-30 (S.D. Tex.), in which the client was voluntarily dismissed; PT Metals, LLC v. B2B Indus. Prods. LLC, 5:20-cv-427 (N.D. Ohio), Flo-Tech Mech. Sys., Inc. v. Spectra360, Inc., 1:19-cv-7112 (N.D. Ill.), and Martin v. Direct Wines, Inc., 15-cv-757 (N.D. Ill.), which favorably settled on an individual basis; Glen Ellyn Pharm., Inc. v. Sepracor, 10-C-1594 (N.D. Ill.), in which the client settled a large potential liability solely with insurance proceeds; and Jepsen v. Club Texting, 08-cv-5508 (N.D. Ill.), which settled on a class-wide basis for less than the cost of defense.
- Represented sophisticated real estate client that is incorporating biometric technology into the security system of a marque building in Chicago. With a wave of the hand, building tenants can gain access to the building without a security badge. Ian counseled this client in designing a BIPA- compliant approach, formulating its BIPA policy, and securing the various participants’ agreements.Represented the developer of a commercial property when a supermarket project was halted after the discovery of a previously undisclosed easement across the property. Ian persuaded the title insurer to file suit to successfully pressure the dominant landowners to release the easement.
- Crown Castle v. The Town of Cicero, 1:18-cv-07265 (N.D. Ill. March 7, 2019). Won a preliminary injunction against the Town of Cicero ordering it to comply with the Illinois Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act and an FCC order on the subject. The court deemed approved the plaintiff’s applications to install small wireless facilities—part of the 5G network—on the Town’s public light poles and ordered the Town to allow the work to go forward. The matter was eventually mooted when the Town adopted a new ordinance on the subject in accord with the plaintiff’s reading of the Act and order.
- MGF Sourcing US, LLC v. La Senza Int’l, LLC, civ. action 2019-1001 (Del. Chancery Ct.). Won dismissal with prejudice of lawsuit seeking the appointment of a receiver and a TRO prohibiting the defendants from directly sourcing merchandise or distributing their assets.
- Represented a building owner in litigation concerning a hotel tenant’s cross-easement rights under a long-term lease and the tenant’s obligation to make a nearly ten million dollar contribution to the construction of a parking garage.
- Petroff v. Crown Castle, 2020 IL App (5th) 190304-U. After arguing before the Fifth District in the first oral arguments heard over Zoom, won affirmance of a dismissal with prejudice in the trial court of a landlord’s lawsuit against the tenant, a large national provider of cellular tower infrastructure, alleging that the lease at issue required the tenant to pay all increases in real estate taxes on the land.
- Methodist Health Services Corp. v. OSF Healthcare Sys., 13-cv-1054 (C.D. Ill.). Working with co-counsel, won summary judgement for defendant accused by competing hospital network of violating the use of supposedly exclusive contracts with commercial healthcare insurers.
- Falkner v. Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., et al. 14-cv-5459 (N.D. Ill.). Secured dismissal with prejudice on behalf of a manufacturer and operator of red light cameras of a putative class action brought by an individual who paid a fine for running a red light. The putative class representative sought over $100 million based on various theories, including the purported unconstitutionality of the enabling statute and the defendant’s alleged use of bribery to secure the red light camera contract.
- In re Insurance Antitrust Litigation. MDL No. 1663, Mater Case No. 04-cv-5184 (D. N.J.). Represented six “tag along” plaintiffs, including several Fortune 50 companies, in antitrust suits against large commercial insurance brokers and carriers alleging that they engaged in customer allocation schemes. Helped serve as tag along plaintiffs liaison counsel when cases were combined in a multidistrict litigation proceeding. After years of hard-fought litigation, including fact and expert discovery, all claims settled very favorably for the clients.
- Represented restaurant franchisor with ownership of almost 50 locations in various disputes. In one, Ian handled a dispute with the landlord of the client’s flagship store in the South Loop after the build-out ran a year behind schedule and more than $1.5 million over budget due to undisclosed problems with the building. Although both parties threatened litigation, Ian successfully negotiated a three-way settlement that included the general contractor. Ian has also represented the client in several litigations with franchisees and with a departing executive.
- Represented six corporations in separate FINRA arbitrations against Bank of America concerning the bank’s sale of auction rate securities backed by student loans before the market for such securities froze. The arbitrations settled at various stages, including after extended evidentiary hearing, each on excellent terms for the corporations.
- Represented a large office real estate firm in a dispute with its partner in a commercial office building over their respective ownership rights. Ian successfully convinced the partner of the likely course of litigation and assisted in the successful renegotiation of the partnership terms.
- FTC v. Subscriberbase Holdings, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-1527 (N.D. Ill.). Defended internet-based company in suit by FTC alleging violations of the FTC Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Successfully negotiated settlement that relieved client and its owners of further liability.
- Donovan v. Rede Partners LLP, Case No. 13 L 216 (Lake Co., Ill.). Won dismissal of a lawsuit against a private equity fundraising business and its owners brought by an individual claiming to be a partner in the business.
- Represented an owner in multiple lawsuits relating to a 99-year prepaid commercial lease, which contained an option for the owner to sublet a portion of the property from the tenant. After winning dismissal of the tenant’s eviction proceeding against the client, he prevailed in a federal action, obtaining a declaration that the client had control over several aspects of the property, including annexation and site plan approval. The remainder of the dispute then settled, with the client re-taking possession of the entire property and other favorable terms
- Goss International Corp. v. Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd. 126 S. Ct. 2363 (2006); 434 F.3d 1081 (8th Cir. 2006); 321 F. Supp. 2d 1039 (N.D. Iowa 2004). Tried the only case ever won by a plaintiff under the Antidumping Act of 1916, which prohibited foreign companies from selling in the U.S. at unfairly low prices. Secured a judgment of $32 million, plus $4.1 million in fees and costs for the client after a three-week jury trial. Successfully protected the judgment through post-trial motions and appeal, including on petition for writ of certiorari to Supreme Court.
- DryCo Group Explosion Proof Equipment, LLC v. Renoir Corporation. Case No. 09 CH 52187 (Cook Co., Ill.). Represented large equipment manufacturer in international joint venture and patent licensing dispute. Secured final judgment and executed on it through the auction of large equipment and patent rights
- Defended a church against a suit for specific performance of a land sale contract. After vacating a default judgment entered prior to his retention, Ian positioned the client to leverage settlement, which included the client purchasing the plaintiff’s neighboring parcel on favorable terms.
Northwestern University School of Law J.D., cum laude, 1994
Grinnell College B.A., with honors, 1991
The London School of Economics & Political Science, general course certificate, 1990
Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, Secretary, 2017-18
Chicago Yacht Club, Board of Directors, 2016-18; Judge Advocate, 2008-15
Grinnell College, Grinnell Regional Admission Support Program (GRASP), Alumni Volunteer, 1994-present
Cook County Justice for Children (CCJC), Vice Chair 2014-16; Board of Directors, 2012-16
Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, Board of Directors, 2008-12
The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2021
Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2005, 2010-21
Top 100, Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2010-16, 2021
Leading Lawyers, Commercial Litigation (2005-20), Class Action/Mass Tort Defense (2005-20), Trade Secrets /Unfair Competition Law (2018-20), Leading Lawyers Network
“Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, Chicago Lawyer, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2008
AV Preeminent® 5/5, Martindale-Hubbell
State of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (including its Trial Bar) and the Eastern District of Wisconsin
American Bar Association, Litigation Section: Class Action & Derivatives (CADS), Co-Chair, 2020 - present; Local Links Task Force, Chair 2019 – 2020; Advisory Committee, Member 2019 – 2020; ABA Annual Meeting Committee, Co- Chair, 2019 – 2020; Membership & Marketing Committee, Member, 2015-18; Business Torts Committee, Member, 2004-present; Litigation Section, Section Annual Conference 2016 Committee, Co-Chair, 2014-16; Committee on Trial Evidence, Co-Chair, 2012-15; Committee on Pretrial Practice & Discovery, Co-Chair 2009-12, Newsletter Co-Editor/Subcommittee Chair 2004-09
Chicago Bar Association, Board of Managers, Member 2006-08; Commercial Litigation Committee, Member 2002-present; Chair 2008-09, Vice Chair 2007-08, Committee Director 2005-06; Federal Civil Practice Committee, Member 2001-present, Chair, 2004-05, 2010-present; Nominations Committee, Member 2009, 2005; Special Privacy Task Force (appointed by CBA President to examine security of judges), Member