Mr. Shinall focuses exclusively on complex commercial litigation matters, including claims against directors and officers, merger and acquisition disputes, post-transaction representation and warranty claims, securities litigation, shareholder appraisal and valuation litigation, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation, accounting and tax litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.
For the last 20 years, Mr. Shinall has served as primary litigation counsel to a Boston-based private equity firm, its funds and its portfolio companies, and he regularly represents other private equity firms, portfolio companies and their managers, directors and officers.
Mr. Shinall frequently defends directors and officers against breach of fiduciary duty and related claims, including the following matters: (i) defense of former directors and officers of national homebuilder against bankruptcy trustee’s claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty and seeking $200 million-plus in damages; (ii) defense of the directors of regional HMO plan against shareholder derivative claims seeking $180 million in damages; (iii) defense of 48 directors and officers of retail chain against bankruptcy trustee’s claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty and seeking over $200 million in damages; (iv) defense of 30 former directors of one of the largest non-for-profit social service agencies in Chicago against bankruptcy trustee’s claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty; and (v) defense of directors of public company in a securities class action.
Mr. Shinall frequently represents directors, officers, equity holders, debt holders and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings and related litigations, including: In re Brookstone Holdings Corp., No. 14-BK-10752 (Del. Bankr.); In re Hull House Association, Case No. 12-04800 (N.D. Ill. Bankr.); In re Pasquinelli Homebuilding, LLC, No. 11-14829 (N.D. Ill. Bankr.); In re Canopy Financial, Inc., No. 09-44943 (N.D. Ill. Bankr.); In re Jillian’s Entertainment Holdings, Inc., No. 04-33192 (W.D. Ky. Bankr.); In re Chevy’s Inc., No. 03-45879 (N.D. Cal. Bankr.); In re DESA Holdings Corp., No. 02-11672 (Del. Bankr.); and In re Quality Stores, Inc., No. 01-10662 (W.D. Mich. Bankr.).
Mr. Shinall is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (highest).
Mr. Shinall joined Sperling & Slater in 1994 after spending several years at the Chicago office of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (which merged into KL Gates), where he practiced as a complex commercial litigator and as an antitrust litigation specialist.
J.D., with highest distinction, Valparaiso University School of Law (recipient of Jurist Award, 3-year, full-tuition academic scholarship)
B.A. in Economics, University of Chicago, 1987