Special Cases

Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm accepts challenging cases outside our main practice areas.These examples are illustrative:

Criminal Defense

Carmen Caruso tried numerous criminal cases as a young lawyer including a successful defense in a murder trial and is prepared to represent clients claiming innocence who seek a superior ‘no holds barred” level of representation at trial.

Corporate Criminal Liability

Carmen was part of the team that successfully defended a waste hauling company from a politically inspired indictment of the company for alleged worker exposure to PCBs.

Defamation Cases

We have prosecuted and defended claims of defamation arising in the private sector and in local governmental disputes, such as the defense of suburban village trustees against claims of defamation by the president of the Village Board stemming from his mishandling of federal emergency funds after a flood.

Environmental Litigation

Carmen won a federal court trial against a Monsanto subsidiary on a private “Superfund” claim under CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act) on behalf of the Milwaukee Die Casting Co.; and later he provided counsel to the community group’s opposing a waste incinerator in Robbins, Illinois.

Governmental Litigation

Carmen and his former partners defended a prominent construction management firm accused of violating the rights of a minority sub-contractor on the O’Hare Airport Reconstruction Project; and defended American citizens accused by the government of Guatemala of stealing pre-Columbian artifacts. Carmen has also challenged discriminatory suburban business licensing and zoning; challenged the termination of the Executive Director of the Illinois Sports Facility Authority; and litigated franchisee access to concessions opportunities at O’Hare Airport.

Special Counsel in highly contested divorce cases

In three cases, Carmen was retained as special trial counsel to challengee overbilling of legal fees by other counsel in the dissolution of marriage cases.

Psychiatric Malpractice

We obtained a confidential settlement for a client claiming psychiatric malpractice at a leading Chicago hospital.

Contested Probate Cases

Clients engage us to represent claimants in substantial probate estates for will contests and other purposes.

Contested Trust Cases

Carmen and his former partners obtained a substantial settlement for the beneficiary of certain family trusts on allegations that his brothers, as trustees, acted with conflicts of interest.

Please contact us for more information about cases arising in these practice areas.
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