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Brian S. Hormozi

Brian S. Hormozi

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(312) 565-8448

Brian Hormozi is a litigator and counselor who focuses his practice on representing businesses in employment matters. He has successfully tried employment cases, both individually and on trial teams, in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration forums around the country.

As a counselor, Brian advises clients on a wide range of legal issues relating to business practice and personnel management, including recruiting and pre-hire practices, restrictive covenant drafting and enforcement, trade secret protection, wage payment and collection issues as well as the implementation of and compliance with EEO policies, and other employment policies including those concerning employee leave, privacy, severance, whistleblowing, retaliation and reductions in force.  

In addition, Brian has been called upon to conduct internal investigations into allegations of workplace wrongdoing by national and international companies as well as small and mid-size local businesses.  Brian has investigated complaints ranging from allegations of protected class-based harassment and discrimination, to trade secret misappropriation and retaliation complaints.  By conducting thorough, expeditious discrete, and confidential investigations and providing early case assessment, Brian is able to recommend swift action that responds to the problem without exacerbating it and best positions the employer to defend itself in the event that litigation arises.

  • Areas of Practice -
  • Brian provides a variety of legal services to our clients including: 

    • Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenant Litigation

    • Labor and Employment Litigation

    • Defense of Protected Class-Based Harassment and Discrimination Charges

    • Employment Counseling and Workplace Investigations

    • Employment Contract and Compliance Policy Drafting

    • Commercial Litigation

    • Supply Chain Counseling and Contract Drafting

  • Achievements+
  • Recently, Brian has:

    • Successfully tried a variety of employment and contract cases in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on behalf of a national securities broker-dealer client, obtaining permanent injunctive relief and damages awards in excess of $2.5 million.

    • Obtained emergency injunctive relief (TROs and preliminary injunctions) on numerous occasions on behalf of employers to protect trade secrets and confidential information, and enforce his client’s rights under restrictive covenant contracts in Federal and State courts nationwide.

    • Successfully prosecuted claims for breach of a partnership agreement on behalf of former partner of a professional services firm and defending against counterclaims premised on the violation of restrictive covenants and related business tort claims.The Matter resulted in an award for the full amount sought by SRC’s client as well as the recovery of attorney’s fees (both incurred in arbitration and in an action by the opposing party challenging the award), for a total recovery in excess of $625,000.

    • Assisted in obtaining broad preliminary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of an insurance brokerage against a former producer, prohibiting both solicitation and the acceptance of business from the client’s customers based on the misappropriation of trade secrets (a client contact list).

    • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims asserted against a consulting business by a former client and competitor based on the consulting business’ role in opening competing enterprises.

    • Obtained summary judgment on all claims asserted against professional staffing firm in a professional negligence and malpractice case based on the Illinois borrowed servant doctrine and principles of agency.

    • Obtained dismissal of all claims asserted by an individual asserting partnership interests in seven commercial real estate projects and successfully obtained summary judgment to remove various improperly recorded instruments against the properties in an action to quiet title.

    • Obtained dismissal of unfair labor practice charges brought before the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of management clients relating to alleged interference with union organizing activities.

    • After being retained to conduct investigation into multiple allegations of sexual and national origin based harassment against a manager at the client’s processing facility.Based on Brian’s early case assessment and recommendation following the investigation, the client was able to take swift corrective action and Brian was able to obtain a highly favorable settlement and release for the client at nuisance value of all claims before the matter was able to escalate

     

  • Thought Leadership+
  • Publications

    “Federal Trade Secret Protection Has Now Become A Reality” (SRC Trade Secrets & Restrictive Covenant Blog, May 2016)

    "Credit History and Credit Checks: The New Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell In The Pre-Hire Process" (2012 Seminar For Design And Construction Professionals, April 2012)

    Co-author, "The Use of Experts in Construction Litigation – Parts 1 and 2," (Construct!, Vol. 15, No. 4 and 5 published by The American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Summer and Fall, 2006)

    Co-author, "Porzig v Dresdner, Kleinwort, Benson North America LLC - Has a ‘Perfect Storm’ Caused a Sea Change in Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards?" (Bloomsberg Law Reports, Vol. 1, No. 47, November 2007)

    Contributor to "SRC Trade Secrets & Restrictive Covenants Blog"

  • Education +

    J.D., Dean's List (five semesters), Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois,
    January 2006.

    Merit Scholarship recipient, Loyola University School of Law 2003 to 2005.

    Member, Loyola Law Journal, 2004 to 2005.

    Staff Editor, Loyola Consumer Law Review, 2003 to 2004.

    B.A. in English and Sociology,cum laude, High Honors in Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2001.

  • Bar & Court Admissions +

    Illinois, 2006

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General Bar, 2006

  • Experience +

    Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
    Chicago, Illinois

    Partner
    2014 to Present

    Associate
    2006 to 2014

    Summer Associate
    2005

    Judicial Extern
    Hon. Elaine E. Bucklo, District Judge, Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    2004

  • Peer Recognition +

    Law Bulletin Publishing Company Emerging Lawyers 2015

  • Professional Memberships +

    American Bar Association

    Illinois State Bar Association

    Chicago Bar Association

    Loyola University Chicago School of Law Alumni Association