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Carmen D. Caruso

77 West Washington Street, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Carmen D. Caruso

77 West Washington Street, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60602
Firm: Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm
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Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm

Years In Practice

Phone Number (312) 626-1160

Carmen D. Caruso is a trial lawyer first, and a franchise lawyer second.  Carmen has tried more than 40 cases to decision in state and federal courts in Illinois and across the country.   In addition, as an Arbitrator, he has presided over nearly 20 hearings in the last five years.

The Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm is quite proud of the fact that it receives most of its business by referrals from other attorneys from all over the country, from former clients and from other professionals that are familiar with Carmen's work and his reputation.

After serving as the Chair of the Franchise & Distribution Practice of a larger firm (a practice group that he founded for that firm), Caruso formed his own law firm to be free of conflicts of interest that result from his representation of franchisees and dealers, and more importantly to take compelling cases to trial.  To this end, Caruso has assembled a talented small firm team of associates, paralegals and law clerks that enables him to compete across the county in significant cases against much larger law firms.

In recent years, Carmen has been averaging three or more trials per year, and 2016 will be no different.  

Caruso started in franchise litigation as a protege of former federal prosecutors Tom Foran and Dick Schultz, with whom he successfully defended McDonald's Corporation and Godfather's Pizza in numerous cases.  

 Over the years Caruso has emerged as one of the most highly regarded trial attorneys in the nation on the franchisee/ dealer side of these contentious disputes.

In addition, Caruso has been successful in legal malpractice cases, representing either plaintiffs and defendants in different cases.  Some, but not all of his legal malpractice cases have involved alleged negligence by other lawyers in the practice of franchise law.  Other cases have involved very serious alleged breaches by other attorneys of their ethical duties.

Caruso has also enjoyed considerable success in employment litigation, again on behalf of either plaintiffs and defendants, and most frequently in cases involving company executives or high performing sales persons (including cases involving franchise industry executives).

Caruso accepts challenging cases in all areas of commercial litigation, and frequently works with other attorneys as their client's counsel in Chicago, or as trial counsel for their clients.

 Born and raised in Chicago, Caruso graduated from Marquette University (B.A. in psychology, with honors) in 1980 and from Loyola University of Chicago (J.D. 1983), where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in antitrust law, made the Law Review, taught a Street Law/Mock Trial class in a Chicago public high school, argued a federal court appeal, and served as an extern for the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He also obtained a Masters Advocate certificate from the prestigious National Institute of Trial Advocacy (N.I.T.A.) and completed the American Bar Association’s comprehensive training in commercial arbitration.

Caruso is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the National Jesuit Honor Society), the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities of Chicago, and member of the Union League Club of Chicago, where he serves as a Trustee for the Union League of Chicago Boys & Girls Clubs.  

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Loyola University Chicago, J.D.
Graduated 1983
Marquette University, B.A.
Graduated 1980
Contact Details and Office Locations
77 West Washington Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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