Caesar A. Tabet is a trial and appellate attorney who concentrates his practice in the area of complex business litigation. His practice includes corporate and class-action litigation, unfair competition, intellectual property and insurance coverage. He has tried many high-stakes cases, including matters involving special remedies to resolve disputes in closely held corporations and partnerships, corporate deadlock and dissolution, and executive compensation.
Mr. Tabet is on the adjunct faculty at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he has taught Advanced Trial Advocacy for many years. He also has taught trial practice at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Tabet has published numerous articles and lectured on various topics relating to complex business litigation. He has been designated as an Illinois Super Lawyer each year from 2008 through present, and he also has received the AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating, which is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
Mr. Tabet has tried numerous cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators. Some of his representative reported cases include:
- Derolf v. Risinger Bros. Transfer, Inc., 16-cv-1298 (ILCD) (April 21, 2017) (granting motion to dismiss putative class action alleging employment misclassification claims under various federal and state statutes, including FLSA, TILA, and the Internal Revenue Code).
- Beeler, Schad and Diamond, P.C. v. Relax The Back Corp., 2016 IL App. (1st) 151580 (2016) (affirming trial judgment in favor of Relax The Back Corporation (“RTB”) on claims under the False Claims Act relating to tax on internet sales and reversing trial judgment against RTB relating to tax on mail catalog sales).
- BorgWarner Inc. v. Kuhlman Electric Corp., 2014 IL App (1st) 131824 (holding that defendant-indemnitee owes BorgWarner a duty to cooperate in connection with corporate indemnification litigation related to underlying environmental toxic tort lawsuits).
- American Economy Insurance Co. v. Haley Mansion, Inc., 2013 IL App. (3d) 120368-U (2013) (affirming summary judgment and declaring that insurer owes a duty to defend Haley Mansion for underlying business tort claims).
- Cooper v. Suppes, No. 08 CH 47482 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, Ch. Div.) (June 27, 2013) (awarding attorney fees to defendant trustee after a trial on the merits in a complex breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit in which the trustee prevailed on all claims).
- Leyshon v. Diehl Controls North America, Inc., 407 Ill. App. 3d 1 (1st Dist. 2010), petition for leave to appeal denied (2011) (affirming jury verdict in an executive compensation and defamation lawsuit, and affirming award of compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees and interest in excess of $10 million).
- Fix v. Quantum Industrial Partners LDC, 374 F.3d 549 (7th Cir. 2004) (affirming award of summary judgment in executive compensation/breach of contract dispute).
- US Cellular Corp. v. Illinois Department of Central Management Services, 348 Ill. App. 3d 72 (1st Dist. 2004) (affirming declaratory judgment that invalidates administrative rules governing cellular telephone regulations under Illinois law).
- South 51 Development Corp. v. Illinois Department of Financial Institutions, 335 Ill. App. 3d 542 (1st Dist. 2002) (affirming declaration that statutes and administrative rules regulating payday loan practices are constitutional).
- PrimeCo Personal Communications v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 196 Ill. 2d 70 (2001) (affirming declaratory judgment that statutes and administrative rules relating to taxation of cellular telephone operations are unconstitutional and invalid).
These are only a small, representative example of the reported decisions that reflect Mr. Tabet’s successful representation of his clients in a wide variety of business disputes.
In 1982, Mr. Tabet received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from St. John’s University in Minnesota. In 1987, he received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as Editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Nordberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Business Litigation Section of the ABA.
Mr. Tabet lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife and their two daughters.