Jonathan C. Bunge, P.C. - Partner

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Jonathan C. Bunge, P.C.

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Phone: +1 312-862-2256
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Professional Profile

Jon Bunge, a former federal prosecutor, has extensive trial and other litigation experience. He has tried over 40 cases, including jury and bench trials, as well as both domestic and international arbitrations. He has been the first-chair litigator in the majority of these trials, some of which have extended for several weeks or months in duration. He is also a former United States Supreme Court Law Clerk, who has an active appellate practice. He has drafted numerous appellate briefs and argued over 20 cases before federal and state appellate courts. He has been successful in the vast majority of his trials and appeals. He has counseled and negotiated on behalf of numerous corporations involved in various industries. He frequently defends clients in governmental investigations and regulatory matters. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Recent Representative Matters

  • Husain v. McDonald's Corporation, Superior Court, San Rafael, California (ongoing): Represent McDonald's in litigation of claims brought by franchisee for San Francisco and Northern California stores. After four-week jury trial, Court recently dismissed plaintiffs' claims in their entirety. Matter now on appeal.

  • Indiana v. IBM, Marion County Circuit Court, Indianapolis, Indiana (ongoing): In 2012, represented IBM in six-week trial. Judgment for IBM. State's claims for $1.3 billion in damages rejected. Matter currently on appeal.

  • JewelAmerica v. BDO Seidman, American Arbitration Association, New York, New York (ongoing): Represent BDO Seidman in action brought before AAA. Claimants sought over $100 million in damages. Following multi-week trial, Claimants' claims were recently rejected in their entirety.

  • Harris v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (2005-2010): Represented PwC in suit where Harris Bank alleges negligence based on audit of California technology company. Case settled on a favorable basis for client three weeks prior to trial.

  • International Truck and Engine Corporation v. Ford Motor Company, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (2007-2009): Represented International Truck and Engine Corporation in suit alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on engine development program. In 2009, case settled on a favorable basis for client.

  • Araujo v. McDonald's Corporation and Related Matters, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2006-2009): Represented McDonald's in federal suits stemming from issues in Brazil. Case dismissed following series of motion to dismiss hearings.

  • Selbst v. McDonald's Corporation, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2004-2007): Trial counsel for McDonald's in purported nationwide class action based on 2002 drop in share price. Following successive motions to dismiss, obtained dismissal of suit. Represented McDonald's on appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Plaintiffs dismissed appeal in August 2007 following filing of McDonald's appellate brief.

  • TruServ v. Ernst & Young, American Arbitration Association, Dallas, Texas (2002-2008): Defended Ernst & Young in suit brought by former audit client alleging accounting malpractice and related claims based on client's report of a $131 million loss. Following six-week trial, claims against Ernst & Young rejected in their entirety and opponent ordered to pay Ernst & Young's fees and costs.

  • Intrust Litigation, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (2001-2010): Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in connection with regulatory actions arising out of demise of trust company known as Intrust and fraud committed by the directors of the trust company. Among other things, supervised briefing and argued three separate summary judgment motions in which PwC as state receiver obtained separate judgments, each of which exceeded $68 million. Defended judgments on appeal in Illinois Appellate Court.

  • Black Diamond v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Waukegan, Illinois and elsewhere (2006-2007): Represented PwC in suit based on work performed for American Remanufacturers, Inc.; supervised briefing and argued motions to dismiss, which ultimately resulted in dismissal of claims.

  • Darling v. McDonald's Corporation, Los Angeles, California (2005-2006): Retained following trial as appellate counsel for McDonald's in appeal of $16.5 million judgment received against McDonald's in dispute with former franchisee. Argued appeal in January 2006 and obtained dismissal of $10 million in punitive damages and reversal of judgment from California Appellate Court. Represented McDonald's on remand and reached favorable settlement prior to trial.

  • McDonald's Corporation v. MotManCo, et al., Jacksonville, Florida (2004-2006): Trial counsel for McDonald's Corporation in series of preliminary injunction actions brought by McDonald's as well as underlying franchise disputes with entities holding twenty McDonald's franchises. Reached confidential settlement during course of preliminary injunction hearings.

  • Colgate-Palmolive v. Baser Holding, et al., International Court of Arbitration, Paris, France (2003-2004): Represented Colgate-Palmolive in an arbitration hearing before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. Case governed by Swiss law and involved commercial dispute with Turkish joint venture. Judgment for Colgate and award of $13.5 million.

  • Conseco, Inc., Sale of Conseco Finance Corporation, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2003): Trial counsel in contested hearings resulting in Conseco Corporation's sale of Conseco Finance Corporation for over $1 billion, reportedly (at the time) the largest approved asset sale in U.S. bankruptcy history.

  • Gauvin v. General Motors, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and other Jurisdictions (2001-2002): Briefed and argued General Motors' successful motions to dismiss the first purported nationwide class action suit based on General Motors' announcement that its Oldsmobile Division would eventually be eliminated.

  • Dade Behring, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2002): Trial counsel in contested hearings that resulted in $1.5 billion restructuring of medical supplies company.

  • TWA v. Icahn, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (2001-2002): Trial counsel for TWA in contested hearing where TWA successfully rejected onerous ticket contract with Carl Icahn.

  • Allen et al. v. 3M et al., New York State Court and United States District Court for the Western District of New York (2001-2002): Represented 3M Company in personal injury and property damage suits brought by over 400 plaintiffs based on operations of 3M subsidiary. Following discovery, numerous suits dismissed and others settled on favorable basis to 3M.

  • Cloud v. Hasbro, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2000-2001): Served as trial counsel for the Cloud Corporation in trial under the Uniform Commercial Code in Federal District Court and then represented Cloud on appeal. Judgment for Cloud.

  • Illinois Attorney General Matter: Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to help the Illinois Attorney General's office organize a Public Integrity Unit.

  • Has also represented clients in numerous grand jury investigations and criminal law matters and represented clients in various regulatory proceedings.

Other Distinctions

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.

Voted "Illinois Super Lawyer" (Litigation) by Super Lawyers magazine (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006).

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers® (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) and other similar publications.

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review rating.

Since 1997, Jon has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School where he has taught these courses:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2008, 2007, 2006)

  • Franchise & Distribution Law (2005, 2004, 2003)

  • Corporate Crimes & Investigations (2003, 2002, 2001)

  • Evidence (1999)

  • Federal Criminal Law (1998, 1997)

He also frequently lectures at meetings of professional organizations.  For example, he recently gave lectures to the Association of Canadian General Counsel on United States class action reform and the PricewaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Jon has also been mentioned in these articles:

  • The Growing Dangers of China Trade, Time, June 28, 2007

  • Men Ordered to Pay $325,000 in Racial Attack, Chicago Daily Herald, May 3, 2006

  • Steer Clear of Flippancy - or Pay the Price, Financial Times, September 16, 2005

  • AIG Chief to Take the 5th in Spitzer Interview, Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2005

  • Quattrone Sentencing Delayed by Rain, CBS MarketWatch, September 8, 2004

  • Martha Stewart Guilty, Chicago Tribune, March 6, 2004

  • Directors See Good News in Restatements, Board Alert, April 2004

  • Martha Stewart Guilty, Chicago Tribune, March 6, 2004

  • Stewart Defense Makes a Point, Chicago Tribune, January 30, 2004

  • Big Suits: Conseco Bankruptcy, The American Lawyer, March 1, 2003

Prior Experience

Deputy Chief, General Crimes Section/Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, N.D. Illinois, December 1990 - December 1999

Law Clerk, Justice Byron White, U.S. Supreme Court, August 1989 - August 1990

Law Clerk, Judge James Buckley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, August 1988 - August 1989

Honors Program, Office of Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, July 1988 - August 1988

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