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Joseph M. Vanek, Partner

Joseph M. Vanek

Mr. Vanek has practiced in the field of commercial litigation for over 30 years, with a particular focus in the fields of antitrust, intellectual property and commercial litigation.

 

In the antitrust arena, Mr. Vanek focuses on opt-out litigation by representing large corporate clients who have been overcharged for products or services as a result of violations of state and federal antitrust laws. He also has a broad commercial litigation practice with that focuses on complex commercial litigation, including both the prosecution and defense of matters that involve complex multi-district litigation.  During his career, he has embraced the opportunity to address new and challenging issues in emerging areas of the law.  He has advised clients on a wide range of issues, including intellectual property, partnership, contract, Constitutional, antitrust, unfair competition, defamation, insurance coverage, and non-compete obligations. 
 
Beyond the strict confines of the practice of law, Mr. Vanek has been involved in founding and fostering several companies. In 2004, he co-founded AutoMark Technical Systems, LLC which designed and sold voting machine solutions for the disabled. In less than four years, AutoMark achieved a dominant market share, and Mr. Vanek was awarded two patents. AutoMark was then sold to a leading election company.  He also co-founded Simple Truths, LLC, an inspirational book and mixed media company focused on personal and corporate development.  Simple Truths was subsequently sold to a major publisher.

 
Recently, Mr. Vanek assisted in the creation of Array Enterprises, LLC, a business dedicated to the employee and customer incentive reward and recognition business. Since inception, Array Enterprises has experienced strong growth and is quickly becoming a leader in the industry.

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Education

  • Creigton University (B.A. 1984)

    magna cum laude

  • Boston College Law School (J.D. 1987)

    with Honors
     

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin