April 27, 2023

Q & A: FRANCIS BENINATI ON ESTATE PLANNING

Many people don’t consider creating wills and trusts until it’s too late. MPS attorney Francis Beninati says it’s never too early to think about estate planning. We sat down with him recently to talk about estate planning, helping clients understand their needs, and providing their heirs for their future. Tell us a little about yourself,…

February 17, 2023

ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT LAYS DOWN THE LAW ON BIOMETRIC PRIVACY COMPLIANCE

Author: Charles Valente

Illinois businesses, take note: In a startling decision this morning, the Illinois Supreme Court held that “a separate claim accrues under the [Illinois Biometric Privacy] Act each time a private entity scans or transmits an individual’s biometric identifier or information in violation of” the BIPA. In so doing, the Court acknowledged that, if ultimately successful,…

February 15, 2023

THE ART OF NEGOTIATING: COORDINATING KEY ASPECTS OF THE DEAL

Author: Ray Horn

In this online article from Insider 94 | Midwest Business Journal, MPS partner Ray Horn considers the critical importance of coordination and commitment between clients and their advisors in M&A negotiations. His article combines practical, common sense advice with insights and anecdotes gleaned from over 20 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, partnership agreements and…

January 26, 2023

EMPLOYERS TAKE NOTE – NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS AT RISK

Author: Charles Valente and Heather Kuhn O’Toole

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government that is charged with protecting consumers and maintaining competition in the marketplace. Recently, the FTC gave public notice of a proposed rulemaking which would severely limit the use of non-compete agreements in employment contracts. According to the proposed rulemaking, noncompete agreements…

January 2, 2023

MPS LAW ACQUIRES CHICAGO-BASED KAPLAN SAUNDERS VALENTE & BENINATI LLP

Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC (MPS Law) is pleased to announce the acquisition of general business practice law firm Kaplan Saunders Valente & Beninati LLP (KSVB), effective January 1, 2023. The move will bolster MPS Law’s commercial real estate, lending, and mergers and acquisitions practice, while adding depth to the firm’s existing expertise in trusts…

August 24, 2022

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS WHEN A KEY CUSTOMER FILES BANKRUPTCY

Author: Timothy W. Brink

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the second in a three-part series about how small and mid-sized businesses should deal with customers experiencing financial difficulties. The first installment in this series focused on identifying customers that are in financial distress and taking steps to mitigate potential losses in the event a customer files bankruptcy. In this…

July 14, 2022

MPS LAW BOLSTERS REAL ESTATE CAPABILITIES WITH NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEYS, PARALEGAL

Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC (MPS Law) is pleased to welcome three associate attorneys, one paralegal, and two summer associates to their team, further strengthening the firm’s capabilities in the areas of commercial real estate law and litigation. “MPS is only as strong as the talent and depth of our professional staff, and we’re constantly…

June 8, 2022

A KEY CUSTOMER IS IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS. WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS?

Author: Timothy W. Brink

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the first in a series about how small and mid-sized businesses should deal with customers experiencing financial difficulties. Whether due to the impacts of pre-pandemic economic trends such as the shift in consumer spending toward e-commerce outlets, the effects of the federal and state governments’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

May 19, 2022

Q&A: RAY HORN ON MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS PRACTICE

Ray Horn is a partner at MPS Law with nearly 30 years of experience in corporate law, and a considerable focus in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Recently, we sat down with Ray to discuss his M&A practice and how his approach is an ideal fit for closely held small- to mid-sized businesses. Tell…

March 22, 2022

THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTORNEY SELECTION

Author: Ray Horn

In this article from the March 2022 online edition of Insider 94 | Midwest Business Journal, MPS partner Ray Horn offers a distinctive look at the topic of attorney selection. His article combines practical, common sense advice with insights and anecdotes gleaned from over 20 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, partnership agreements and “business…

February 22, 2022

MPS Law Names Andrew Chamberlain, Michael Bregman As Partners

Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC (MPS Law) continues to grow its professional staff by elevating associate attorney Andrew Chamberlain, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, to partner. Separately, the firm has also hired a new partner, Michael Bregman, who is focused on commercial litigation. Chamberlain, who has been with MPS Law since 2016, works with…

August 17, 2021

Third Circuit Rejects Triangular Setoffs as Not Satisfying Mutuality Requirement of § 553 of the Bankruptcy Code

Author: Timothy W. Brink

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this article from the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee Newsletter, Tim Brink discusses the Third Circuit’s decision holding that “triangular” setoffs are not permissible in bankruptcy and rejecting the argument that parties can contract around the requirement of strict bilateral neutrality. In its recent decision in In re Orexigen Therapeutics…

August 2, 2021

MPS Law Bolsters Team with New Associate Attorney, Paralegal

Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC (MPS Law) is pleased to announce a pair of key additions to its professional staff. New associate attorney Max Frazier joins the firm’s commercial litigation practice group with extensive experience in cases involving breach of contract, business disputes, commercial evictions, debt collection, and other business matters. He has represented a…