George P. Apostolides

Partner

George P. Apostolides

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161 North Clark
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

P: 312.876.7102

F: 312.876.7302

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George Apostolides is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office and Chair of the Litigation Practice Group.  His practice focuses on business and bankruptcy litigation, and he handles cases in federal and state courts both in Illinois and nationwide.  He has practiced with the firm since his graduation from Northwestern University School of Law in 1995, and has years of experience managing business risk for his clients, litigating disputes, and, if necessary, taking cases to arbitration or trial.

Mr. Apostolides’ clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals.  He provides a range of services for those clients, including litigation avoidance consulting, prosecuting claims for damages, and defending cases filed against the clients.  His focus is always on his clients’ needs and interests in both the short and long term.

If litigation is necessary, Mr. Apostolides has handled hundreds of cases in jurisdictions throughout the country and has first-chair trial experience both in courtrooms and before arbitration panels.  He also has handled numerous appeals and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Mr. Apostolides has extensive experience handling commercial disputes, including:

  • breach of contract
  • avoidance and recovery of fraudulent transfers under the bankruptcy code
  • avoidance and recovery of fraudulent transfers under the state law
  • Uniform Commercial Code violations
  • avoidance and recovery of preference payments
  • guaranty collection matters, post-judgment proceedings
  • real estate litigation
  • breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • shareholder disputes

In addition, he has handled tort cases from his earliest days as an attorney and has experience handling insurance and liability issues.

Achievements

Mr. Apostolides is a member of the American Bar Association sections of business law and litigation, as well as the Illinois State, Chicago, and Hellenic Bar Associations.  He is a regular panelist at seminars sponsored by the National Business Institute.  As a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, he is a pro bono panelist assigned to handle employment discrimination cases.  Mr. Apostolides also regularly returns to Northwestern Law School to participate as a moot court judge for both the Julius Miner and Arlyn Miner competitions.

As the co-head of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group, Mr. Apostolides is responsible for overseeing the development of the firm’s young associates in litigation and managing the department to ensure that all of the firm’s clients are receiving outstanding service.

In 2011 the Litigation Counsel of America, a selective, honorary trial lawyer society, invited Mr. Apostolides to become a Fellow in that organization. According to the LCA, Fellows are selected “based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.”

Mr. Apostolides has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2013-2016, after being named a Rising Star in 2010. Illinois Super Lawyers® is a peer review designation published by Thomson Reuters. Mr. Apostolides is also a member of the Hellenic-American Leadership Council.

Speaking Engagements

  • Litigation Ethics Quarterly CLE Series, “Walking the Tightrope: Balancing the Ethical Tensions Faced by In-House Counsel as Legal
    and Business Advisors” (May 2017)
  • “Bankruptcy Basics from the Experts, Adversary Proceedings Under Section 523 and Section 727,” Illinois State Bar Association (April 2016) 
  • “Common Issues and Strategies in Business Breakups,” panelist, Financial Poise webinar (February 2016) 
  • “Valuing Lost Profits for Litigation Purposes,” Financial Poise webinar (February 2016)
  • “Pro Bono Service on a Board of a Not for Profit in Crisis,” ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee and Nonprofit Organizations Committee panel presentation (August 2015)
  • “Was the Debtor Insolvent?” Financial Poise webinar (May 2015)
  • “Medical Marijuana Law in Illinois,” speaker, National Business Institute (March, 2015)
  • “Exploring Bankruptcy Code Section 503(b)(9),” speaker, The Knowledge Group (January, 2015)
  • “Tax Issues in Bankruptcy Impacting Bankruptcy Trustees,” panelist, Arnstein & Lehr LLP CLE (March, 2014)
  • “Bankruptcy Litigation 101,” speaker, National Business Institute (May, 2013)

Education

Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1995)
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Executive Board member and Criminology Editor
Elected graduation speaker by classmates
Princeton University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1992)

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin