Overview

Yates French is a litigation partner and trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office. Yates represents companies as both Plaintiffs and Defendants in a broad range of commercial, fraud and restructuring disputes.

Most recently, Yates conducted an investigation into potential claims arising from the 2015 spinoff transaction of a publicly traded telecommunications company. Yates also successfully defended iHeart Communications in a $500 million contract dispute. In addition to his experience in civil matters, Yates has experience defending pro bono litigants in criminal actions and appeals.

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Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

"Bullied by Government: How the South Shore Chamber of Commerce Resisted Defeat," Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, December 18, 2020 

"Spotlight on Success: How Auburn-Gresham Fought Back and Won," Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, September 29, 2016

Recognition

Named as a Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer Litigation Daily, May 14, 2020

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Illinois

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2008
  • Marquette UniversityB.A., Philosophycum laude2005