Lisa M. Lilly LLC concentrates its practice in appeals, class actions, and other commercial and business litigation. Lisa M. Lilly’s many years of experience handling complex commercial litigation at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons US LLP) and Lisa M. Lilly LLC, combined with her reasonable rates and flexible, as-needed staffing, make her an ideal choice for businesses seeking high-quality legal representation at an affordable price.
Lisa M. Lilly represents business entities of all sizes – from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprieters – in business and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Her experience includes bench and jury trials, appeals, administrative hearings, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings (ADR) in Illinois and throughout the United States. She has represented clients defending, pursuing, or attempting to prevent lawsuits regarding their business practices, including allegations regarding the following:
- Breach of Contract
- Consumer or Statutory Fraud
- Insurance Coverage
- Insurance Claims Handling
- Class Actions
- Unjust Enrichment
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Tortious Interference with Business Advantage
- Telephone Consumer Protection Act
- Unsolicited Facsimiles (“Junk Faxes”)
Civil Appeals in State and Federal Court
Lisa M. Lilly’s appellate advocacy has influenced the evolution of favorable law for her clients regarding contract interpretation, diversity jurisdiction and removal under the Class Action Fairness Act (the CAFA), and banking practices. In addition to managing a litigation practice, Ms. Lilly is an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Legal Analysis, Research and Communication at DePaul University College of Law. Her writing and public speaking skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in clear language, allow her to communicate easily and effectively with courts and clients and contribute to her successful appellate results. Ms. Lilly handles all types of civil appeals in state and federal court, including those relating to diversity and removal, class certification, summary judgment, dismissal on the pleadings, and bench or jury verdicts.
In addition to representing clients in civil appeals, Lisa M. Lilly has extensive experience researching and writing amicus briefs. She has written amicus briefs on behalf of numerous trade and civic organizations, including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
The Purpose of An Amicus Brief
“Amicus curiae” means “friend of the court.” An amicus curiae is someone other than a party to an appeal whose purpose is to bring to the appellate court’s attention relevant information that is not included in the parties’ written briefs or oral arguments.
The first hurdle an amicus curiae faces is to convince the court of appeals to allow the amicus to participate at all. The appellate court, not the parties, controls whether amicus briefs may be filed. If the appellate court allows the amicus brief, then the purpose of the brief is to present “big picture” information about the possible sociological, economic or political impact of the court’s ruling on the appeal.
The Qualities of a Persuasive Amicus Lawyer
To convince a court of appeals to accept an amicus brief, the attorney needs to gain an in-depth understanding of the organization and convince the court that the organization’s amicus brief will offer a unique perspective on the issues at hand. The amicus lawyer should craft compelling answers to such questions as:
- What information will the amicus brief provide that the parties will not provide?
- What is the organization’s position in the larger community and whose perspective does the organization represent?
- What information or data does the organization have regarding the potential effects of the appellate court’s ruling on segments of society besides the parties themselves?
Effective amicus brief advocacy requires a strong combination of analytical skills, people skills, and storytelling ability. The attorney must be able to analyze relevant data and present it in a straightforward message to the appellate court. The amicus lawyer must be able to work well with the amicus organization, as well as coordinate efforts and resolve disputes between the amicus organization and the parties and their attorneys. Written advocacy skill is critical, because the amicus curiae typically does not make oral argument to the court.