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Jason AltmanJason D. Altman

312-236-0077 (main)
312-545-6051 (cell)
312-236-0514 (fax)
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Washington University School of Law, J.D. 1994
• Notes and Comments Editor, Washington University Journal of Urban
   and Contemporary Law
• Judicial extern to Magistrate Judge Gerald Cohn of the U.S. District Court
  for the Southern District of Illinois
American University, B.A. 1991, cum laude

“Expert Testimony”, presented to the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, 2002 and 2003.
“What’s New in the Law”, presented to the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, 2002 and 2003.
“The Insured Filed for Bankruptcy: What’s Next for the Insurer?”, Journal of Reinsurance, Spring 1999.
Admissibility of Forensic DNA Profiling Evidence: A Movement Away from Frye v. United States and a Step Toward the Federal Rules of Evidence: United States v. Jakobetz, 955 F.2d 786 (2d. Cir. 1992), cert. denied, 113 S. Ct. 104 (1992), 44 Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law 211 (1993).

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Admitted pro hac vice in numerous courts throughout the country

Jason Altman never forgets that all the professional excellence, experience and technical knowledge of the law he possesses after nearly twenty-five years of litigation needs to be directed at one simple – but not easy – goal. Getting things done. For Jason, getting results – efficiently, cost effectively and meaningfully – are the whole point of a lawyer’s work. Jason believes that his job is not to run up legal bills and rack up hours, but to get the case over the finish line as quickly, inexpensively and completely as humanly possible.

For twenty-four years, Jason has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial cases, in both state and Federal courts as well as arbitrations and mediations. He represents clients in disputes involving contracts, financial services litigation, fraudulent transfers and conveyances, LLCs, the UCC, insurance coverage, the FDCPA, TILA, mechanics liens and construction disputes, to name a few. His clients tend to be small and mid-sized businesses, none of whom have infinite legal budgets and all of whom prefer to focus on their businesses rather than litigation.

A lot of lawyers are delighted to talk, at some length, about their professional qualifications – experience, expertise, major cases. Far fewer are typically interested in discussing their ability to manage human beings – idiosyncratic judges, scorched-earth opposing counsel – and moreover, to do it effectively, and cost-consciously. Jason is, because that’s what he does. If you’re enmeshed in commercial litigation in Illinois, Jason is the attorney you want on your side – and the attorney you don’t want on the other side.

His approach to litigation is based on a combination of efficiency and thoroughness. Jason will look under every stone and rock, but will also explore settlement as early as he can. His job is not to spend his clients’ money on their behalf, but to remember that legal work is in support of a business – not the other way around. He’s particularly not a fan of scorched-earth litigation. He is a big fan of metrics, professionalism, civility and expertise.

He’s often the attorney clients call in when a case has gone off the rails. As one example, early in 2017 Jason was retained 90 days before trial in a matter that had been dragging on for seven years. One-half of the plaintiff’s claims were resolved for Jason’s client due to Jason’s summary judgment motion. Jason then got a complete defense verdict on the rest. The plaintiff did not even bother to appeal. Case over. Client happy. Not uncommon for him.

It’s easy to find lawyers who will take endless depositions, posture in court, write and confer at great lengthy and seemingly find endless reasons to make the unpleasant necessity of litigation as lengthy and complex as possible. It is not easy to find lawyers who understand that their job is to vigorously protect your interests, and to bring the case to a quick, reasonable end.

Unless, of course, you call Jason Altman.