Federal Court Trial Practice

Mentored by Two Former Federal Prosecutors

Carmen D. Caruso has actively practiced in federal court in Chicago for more than thirty years, and has substantial federal court trial experience – in the Northern District of Illinois and in other states. Most recently, Carmen prevailed at trial in the Central District of California.

Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm has substantial experience in federal statutory litigation, including fraud claims that are actionable under RICO or the federal securities laws, the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA), Lanham Act trademark and copyright litigation, the Robinson-Patman Price Discrimination and Shernan Antitrust Acts, the federal employment law claims, and Section 1981 and 1983 civil rights litigation. We have also defended clients against alleged violations of the Stored Communications Act, and these claims are increasingly being made.

The firm’s federal cases also include business disputes when federal jurisdiction is established by diversity of citizenship, including but not limited to:

  • Claims for breach of contract
  • Common law and statutory fraud
  • Other claims based on state statutes
  • Business torts
  • Breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Partnership
  • Shareholder and limited
  • Professional liability claims
  • Enforcement of restrictive liability company disputes covenants
  • Non-competition/non-solicitation
  • Trade secret claims agreements

Notable Federal Victory

Carmen was part of the team that obtained one of the largest Rule 11 sanctions ever reported in federal court, in which more than $500,000 in sanctions was awarded against an attorney that filed frivolous claims against Carmen’s client; and Carmen has also been called upon to defend other attorneys, with considerable success, who were the targets of sanctions motions in federal court.

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