Martin B. Carroll

Martin B. Carroll

(312) 224-1230

Rated by Super Lawyers 


  • The University of Michigan Law School
    (J.D., cum laude)
  • The London School of Economics
  • University of Illinois
    (B.A., magna cum laude)

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Employment Law


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Illinois


  • Selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers in 2007 and since 2010
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in commercial and banking litigation since 2005

Martin B. Carroll

Martin Carroll is a founding partner, and Chair of the Firm's Litigation Group. He has represented clients in trials and appellate proceedings in state and federal court in all matters of complex commercial litigation, including breach of contract, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, employment, banking, fraud and trade secrets issues.  Martin has successfully argued appeals before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court.

Martin also has extensive experience in representing clients in real estate disputes involving construction matters, commercial foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes and receiverships, including the Block 37 and Chicago Spire cases. In addition, he frequently represents companies and executives in negotiating and documenting employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.

Martin serves as outside general counsel for many companies and reviews, negotiates and drafts a wide variety of contracts for such clients, including supply agreements, procurement contracts, software contracts, stocking agreements and purchase orders.

In 2007 and since 2010, Martin has been selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. His selection was published in Chicago Magazine. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of lawyers in Illinois are selected for inclusion to the Illinois Super Lawyers list, and are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Since 2005, Martin has repeatedly been named a Leading Lawyer in commercial and banking litigation by The Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Only lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers in the statewide surveys are included in Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Martin received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.A. degree from The London School of Economics, where he graduated second in his class. Martin received his J.D., cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School.

Martin has represented clients such as AthletiCo, Bank of America, CBRE, Colliers, Cushman and Wakefield, Etihad Airways, H&R Block, Jewel Food Stores, Kemper Sports Management, McGladrey, NAI Hiffman, Omni Hotels, Rogers & Holland Jewelers, Seda North America, and Supervalu among others.

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