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Roberts McGivney Zagotta teams up with members of IR Global

Roberts McGivney Zagotta teams up with members of IR Global, Colman Coyle and Inspire Accountants, to successfully complete an international acquisition in the pharmaceutical industry.
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Congratulations to Nicholas C. Zagotta

Congratulations Nicholas C. Zagotta!

Nicholas C. Zagotta has been appointed to serve as a Member of the ISBA Corporate Law Departments Section Council and the Labor & Employment Law Section Council.

Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC is expanding!

Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC is pleased to announce that it continues to expand and three new attorneys have joined the firm.

Josh Haberkorn has joined RMZ's Corporate M&A practice group and counsels clients engaged in a broad spectrum of transactions across a wide variety of industries on both a national and international basis. Prior to joining the firm and passing the Illinois Bar Exam Josh worked as a law clerk in the business and finance department of a Chicago law firm and earned an M.B.A. in Finance and a J.D. from DePaul University.

Danielle S. McKinley has joined RMZ's Litigation Department and represents domestic and international clients in a full range of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters. Previously, Danielle worked as a litigation associate at a national consumer law firm and earned a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. Danielle is licensed to practice in Illinois and New York and before five of the Federal Courts.

Andrew J. Maratea has joined RMZ's Real Estate and Corporate practice groups, representing clients across a broad spectrum of transactions both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining RMZ, Andrew served as counsel to a Midwest privately-owned real estate company after co-chairing the Real Estate practice group of a local Chicago practice. Andrew earned a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star for the years 2015 and 2016.

Congratulations Patrick Keating!

A Cook County judge on Thursday denied a bid by the city of Chicago to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit challenging its lucrative and embattled red light camera program, saying those ticketed deserve their day in court.
The lawsuit accuses the city of issuing more than $500 million in tickets as part of a program that did not have proper authority from state lawmakers. It also alleges the city potentially issued millions of tickets even when yellow light times at red light camera intersections were too short.

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Catherine McGivney keeps legal issues from blowing up videogames

Partner, Catherine McGivney, sits down with the Chicago Tribune to discuss the behind the scenes legal aspects of the video gaming world.

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Catherine McGivney, heroine lawyer

Catherine McGivney featured in an article on the EuroJuris website naming her the "heroine lawyer of the videogame industry". Read the full article below.

Congratulations Michael Roberts!

Roberts McGivney Zagotta would like to congratulation Michael Roberts on being appointed the new Chairman on the Board of Esperanza Community Services. For more information about Esperanza, please click on the link below.

Asian American Business Association: How to Increase the Value of Your Business

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Litigators at Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC led a team of four law firms in presenting a class action case before the Illinois Supreme Court

Litigators at Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC led a team of four law firms in presenting a class action case before the Illinois Supreme Court, representing a class of Illinois motorists who were wrongly assessed fines by the City of Chicago under its Red Light Camera ordinance. The plaintiffs argued that Chicago's ordinance was void when enacted in 2003 because it was not authorized by state law, which requires uniformity in traffic regulations. A later-enacted state law, Public Act 94-795, did not revive Chicago's void ordinance, and also violated the state constitution's ban on the General Assembly passing local laws (the Act applied only to municipalities in eight named counties) when general laws can be made applicable.

Oral argument took place May 21st, 2014 at the historic courthouse in Ottawa, Illinois, near the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate. The case is Elizabeth M. Keating, et. al., v. City of Chicago, No 116054. A ruling is expected later this year.

Congratulations to our client Industrial Toys

Congratulations to our client Industrial Toys, Inc. (creator of the upcoming tablet-based game, Midnight Star) and its founder Alexander Seropian (founder of Bungie Studios and maker of the Halo video game series) on Accel Partners recent $5 million Series A equity investment.

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Nick Zagotta contributes to April 2014 Executive Golfer publication

Nicholas C. Zagotta, an avid golfer, member of the Board of Directors of the Western Golf Association and admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia, contributed a piece in the April 2014 Executive Golfer publication regarding Frederica Golf Club in Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Please click on the link below to read the entire article.

Executive Golfer

Michael Roberts in London for Eurojuris Practice Group Days!

Michael Roberts is participating in the Eurojuris Practice Group Days in London on May 3-5th. He will be making a presentation with Mike Adhikari of Illinois Corporate Investments, Inc. and BusinessValueExpress to the Corporate Law Group. They will be discussing Valuation and M&A deal structure in the U.S. middle market.

RMZ to host AMAA Chapter Meeting - 5/29

Roberts McGivney Zagotta will be sponsoring the upcoming Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors event "Unitranche Facilities- One Stop Financing Facilities" featuring speakers: Tom Aronson, Managing Director & Principal, Monroe Capital and Charles E. Larkin, General Partner, Webster Capital LLC. The event is on Wednesday, May 29th from 4 to 6 PM at the Union League Club. Follow the link for more information and to register for the event.
AMAA Chapter Meeting 5/29

Congratulations Nicholas Zagotta!

Congratulations to Nicholas Zagotta on being named a new Director of the Western Golf Association. The Western Golf Association was founded in 1899 and is one of the oldest golf associations in the United States. The WGA's championships rank among the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The charitable mission of the Evans Scholars Foundation awards college scholarships to deserving caddies who might otherwise be unable to attend college. For more information on the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholars Foundation, please visit

Congratulations Nick Zagotta!

Congratulations to our partner Nicholas C. Zagotta who was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association at their May 4, 2012 luncheon. The award recognizes his outstanding achievements in the practice of law and the significant contributions he has made to the community and to the law school. Check out Nick's acceptance speech at the link below.

Nicholas C. Zagotta on WLS

On April 5, 2012, Nicholas Zagotta was invited as a guest speaker on the Roe Conn and Richard Roeper show on WLS to discuss legal issues in the news. Check out the segment below.
Nick's Podcast

Alliance of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors winter conference

Michael Roberts and David Fletcher attended the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors winter conference in Las Vegas. One of the highlights of the conference was the discussion by Stephen Covey, Jr. relating to trust and being trustworthy in a deal. We couldn't agree more that being transparent in a deal is critical to the successful completion of a deal. Any sort of distrust in a deal nearly always results in additional negotiations, loss of momentum, increased costs and, in the worst case, loss of the entire deal. It was great seeing everyone at the conference and we hope to see you at the summer conference!

Middle Market M&A: Handbook for Investment Banking and Business Consulting

Michael Roberts is a contributor to the recently published book entitled "Middle Market M&A: Handbook for Investment Banking and Business Consulting". Michael is the author of Chapter 11 - Deal Structure and Legal Documentation. A summary and a link to purchase the book are provided below.

Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC Sponsors 2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash

2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash

Scott Seder profiled in the Daily Law Bulletin

In this article, titled "Lawyer Stresses Ethics in Bidding," Scott P. Seder describes what it takes to navigate the public procurement process in the new era of ethics reform. After beginning his career 14 years ago as a public-secto lawyer, he is now helping companies win government contracts by ensuring ethics and compliance.
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Michael S. Roberts featured in Crain's

In the February 15, 2010 edition of Crain's Chicago Business, Steven Strahler writes about the smaller scale legal specialists finding new markets for their services. Michael S. Roberts was interviewed to explain why smaller - but just as competitive - law firms have seen an increase in their volume of business, while the larger - more expensive firms - have seen their business drop off.
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Forbes Magazine features Michael S. Roberts, Catherine McGivney and Nick Zagotta

Forbes Magazine features Michael S. Roberts, Catherine McGivney and Nick Zagotta as transactional attorneys positioned for the new economy. The range of experience and disciplines exceeds what is expected from firms of their size. Michael S. Roberts and Catherine McGivney focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, corporate and securities transactions, software licensing, and other financial transactions. Nick Zagotta brings his specific expertise in commodities, futures and derivatives law to the firm.
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Nick Zagotta Appointed to Serve on Board of Trustees

At the February 6, 2009 meeting of the John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees, Nicholas C. Zagotta was unanimously appointed to serve on the board. "I know Nick Zagotta will be a wonderful addition to the board. He has much to share as an alumnus and as a successful businessman and attorney," said Leonard Amari, board president.
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Michael S. Roberts Featured in CFO Magazine for His Expertise in Material Adverse Change Provisions

In August 2007, Michael S. Roberts, a partner with the Firm, was interviewed for an article featured in CFO Magazine for his expertise and deep understanding of Material Adverse Change provisions in merger and acquisition transactions. His contributions can be read on page 3 of the article.
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