Howard C. Emmerman



“Winning an argument requires absolute knowledge, effort, faith and wisdom to recognize and seize an advantageous opportunity.”

About Howard C. Emmerman

Howard C. Emmerman has been a corporate litigation, trial lawyer and outside general counsel for more than 40 years. Mr. Emmerman is a “business problem solver,” using his experience to provide advice on the resolution of all types of disputes that afflict businesses, including the myriad of disputes that arise from the organization, operation, and dissolution and winding down of businesses.

In addition, Mr. Emmerman represents clients in construction, mechanic’s lien, real estate, general commercial trust and matrimonial litigation.  His experience in dealing with complex commercial disputes has also enabled Mr. Emmerman to litigate and try divorce cases involving high net-worth estates.

Over the past decade, Mr. Emmerman has expanded his base of experience to include negotiating and closing small- and mid-cap corporate transactions, usually for clients who came to him originally as litigation clients and then asked him to stay on as their general counsel.  His litigation experience gives him a unique perspective in differentiating between issues arising during negotiations that are minor and those that are “deal-breakers.”

Mr. Emmerman is a court-appointed mediator for the Cook County Chancery Court and was appointed by that Court as Trustee of the Illinois Roll-Back Tax Fund. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Professional Achievement in mediation issued by the DePaul University Dispute Resolution Center.  Mr. Emmerman is recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as being among the top lawyers in Illinois in commercial litigation and he has received an AV rating under the Martindale-Hubbell® Lawyer Rating System, indicating that he “has reached the height of professional excellence” and “is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”  Additionally, Mr. Emmerman has been named as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation for the past six years.  Illinois Super Lawyers were selected by their peers and are “considered among the best in their profession” and “represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois.”

He has published articles and the DePaul Law Review, the Docket (Lake County Bar Assn.) and for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE); he has also lectured for the IICLE, the Chicago Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, and Lorman Education Services.

  • J.D., DePaul University, 1970
  • B.S., University of Illinois, 1967
  • Illinois, 1970
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Trial Bar, 1970
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1974
  • “The Ever-Increasing Influence of Mediation as a Means of Resolving Commercial Disputes,” De Paul Law Review, 2001
  • “Offense in Mortgage Foreclosures,” Illinois Real Estate Litigation, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Author 1989-1993, Co-Author 1994-1996
  • “Real Estate Tax Assessments – A Study of Illinois Taxpayers’ Judicial Remedies,” De Paul Law Review, 1975
  • “Real Estate Taxes – Legislating Protection for the Delinquent Property Owner in an Era of Super-Marketable Tax Titles,” De Paul Law Review, 1969
  • “The Conundrum of De Facto and De Jure School Segregation,” De Paul Law Review, 1968
  • Seminar Chair, “Purchasing Law,” Lorman Education Services, 2000