A commercial litigator for more than 35 years, Tony handles highly visible and complex lawsuits, including those against a former Illinois governor, a U.S. congressman, a city mayor, and the son of a sitting U.S. president. His insurance coverage claims are equally recognizable and have involved a sitting U.S. President and reinsurance obligations arising out of the destruction of the World Trade Center. He currently serves as co-leader of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

Tony has tried and arbitrated cases throughout the country and represents financial institutions and fraud and government agencies in lender liability, complex commercial disputes, fidelity bonds and closing protection letter claims. While working on these cases, he focuses on solving his client’s problems, not making a name for himself in the courtroom. Often that means avoiding or ending litigation through a creative resolution to achieve a client’s goals efficiently.

Tony’s extensive experience also includes civil investigations to identify and recover losses on fraud, employee dishonesty or misconduct, and professional malpractice. His main objective in these situations is to find a quick and cost-effective resolution that is most conducive to a company’s business operations. He frequently coordinates with criminal enforcement and regulatory agencies to maximize the recovery for companies victimized by fraud.

Tony also has substantial experience with reinsurance arbitration and litigation on behalf of both reinsurers and cedants.

  • Experience

    • Obtained jury verdict against Board of Directors of failed financial institution for breach of fiduciary duty after two-week trial.
    • Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice of shareholder suit for violation of federal securities law challenging $1.1 billion acquisition.
    • Successfully represented international technology company in indemnification claim arising out of acquisition of multi-billion corporation.
    • Handled a two-week arbitration in a contract dispute over an assistance agreement, recovering more than $43 million in the face of a $50 million counterclaim.
    • Successfully lifted an injunction on the sale of an $85 million loan secured by a hotel property, allowing the sale to proceed that day.
    • Acted as lead trial counsel in Houston General Insurance Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19516 (S.D.N.Y. 2003), in which the court affirmed the entry of a $39 million arbitration award.
    • Led a special investigation for the Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of State Farm Insurance Company into the company’s handling of the insurance claim by the then­President of the United States.
    • Tried closing protection letter lawsuit recovering $2.3 million. Trial verdict was affirmed by Sixth Circuit. (Case No. 2:09-cv-14891-MOB-VMM)
    • Defeated three lender liability cases in different jurisdictions brought by borrower or related entities and recovered on mortgage from borrower.
    • Acted as chief outside counsel for the RTC on all investigations into possible financial fraud at closed savings and loans during RTC’s final year. In addition, conducted special investigations for the RTC relating to the failure of such high­profile financial institutions as Franklin Savings and Loan Association of Overland Park, Kansas, and Centrust Savings of Florida.
    • Served as a member of the RTC’s Phoenix SWAT team handling litigation, investigations and asset disposition issues. During this period, he regularly lectured RTC attorneys and investigators on conducting investigations and pursuing professional liability claims.
    • Assisted in many of the most important cases involving legal challenges to the appointment of receivers and special receivership powers, including two cases that were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Credentials


    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1982
      Northwestern University Law Review, Editorial Board Member
    • Duke University, A.B., 1978

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

        Professional Memberships

        • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS)
        • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
        • Leadership of Greater Chicago, Fellow

        Teaching Appointments

        • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy — Northwestern University (1998 – present)
      • Insights

        News Release

        2020 Best Lawyers in America Lists Recognizes 63 Attorneys, Three “Lawyers of the Year”

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 63 attorneys have been included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with three attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

        News Release

        2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

        News Release

        Super Lawyers Names 39 Schiff Attorneys to 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

        Two partners were recognized among “best of the best” on 2019 Illinois Top Lists

        News Release

        61 Schiff Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America List and Six Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 61 attorneys have been included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, as well as six who were named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

        News Release

        Schiff Advised Altaris on $1.1 Billion Take-Private Acquisition of Analogic

        Schiff Hardin LLP served as legal counsel to Altaris Capital Partners in connection with an Altaris affiliate’s acquisition of Analogic Corporation for approximately $1.1 billion.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Announces New Executive Committee, Eisenstein Re-Elected as Managing Partner

        Schiff Hardin LLP has announced the election of its new executive committee.

        News Release

        95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

        Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

        News Release

        40 Attorneys Named to 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, and Top Women Lists

        Forty Schiff Hardin attorneys have been recognized on the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Recognized as a Recommended Firm by Benchmark Litigation

        Schiff Hardin LLP has been ranked as a “Recommended Firm” in Illinois in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, an annual guide to the leading litigation firms and attorneys in the United States.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Can Arbitration Survive the Quagmire of Discovery?” Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York: Bridging Differences, New York, N.Y. (Jun. 27, 2008)
      • Citizenship

        Civic and Charitable Memberships

        • The Albert C. Maule Urban Issues Forum
        • Duke Engage Advisory Board
        • Metropolitan Family Services Advisory Board – Evanston/Skokie Valley