Vedder Price

Chad A. Schiefelbein

Shareholder

Chad A. Schiefelbein is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the Litigation practice area.

He has broad experience in a wide variety of litigation matters including, financial institution litigation, lending discrimination and liability, subprime mortgages, fair debt collection practices, commercial disputes, directors and officers liability, fiduciary duty, unfair competition, restrictive covenant enforcement and defense, trade secret protection and theft, shareholder actions, intellectual property litigation, products liability and distributor and franchise disputes. Mr. Schiefelbein appears in U.S. federal and state courts on behalf of clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Schiefelbein has argued appeals in the Seventh and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals and successfully opposed a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has prosecuted and defended numerous temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and evidentiary hearings.

Mr. Schiefelbein also has experience representing clients in private negotiations, mediations and arbitrations. He is often called upon to provide prelitigation advice to clients to help avoid litigation or mitigate the risks of litigation to achieve the client’s goals.

Mr. Schiefelbein has served on the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee and its Nominating Committee for the Board of Directors.

Mr. Schiefelbein was selected for inclusion in Leading Lawyers Network in 2017.

Chad A. Schiefelbein

Shareholder

Experience

  • Obtained a no liability judgment on a $10 million claim for breach of contract
  • Obtained $1 million judgment (on summary judgment) for breach of contract
  • Obtained affirmance of summary judgement on Illinois Sales Representative Act claim
  • Obtained dismissal of fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims against passenger railroad
  • Obtained consent decree against large commercial landlord to enforce noise/construction restrictions under lease
  • Obtained $4 million judgment (on summary judgment) for manufacturer/lessor of equipment under equipment lease
  • Recovered $1.7 million of client funds illegally seized by private lender
  • Obtained summary judgment in a putative class action accusing a national bank of discriminatory lending practices
  • Defeated a multimillion-dollar claim for breach of a demand note and fraud against a national bank on a motion to dismiss, obtained an affirmance of the decision at the appellate level and successfully opposed the plaintiff's petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Obtained dismissals of fraud and consumer fraud actions brought by borrowers against a mortgage lender
  • Defeated a multimillion-dollar claim for fraud, consumer fraud and conspiracy against a bank director on a motion to dismiss
  • Obtained dismissal of a putative class action against a mortgage lender for alleged TILA and RESPA violations.
  • Defeated a multimillion-dollar claim for specific performance of a shareholder subscription agreement on a motion to dismiss
  • Successfully prosecuted a restrictive covenant, breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets claim against a group of former employees, which resulted in a large and favorable settlement for the client including the dismissal of the plaintiffs' counterclaims

Recently Reported Decisions

  • Reed v. GETCO, LLC, 2016 IL App. (1st) 151801 (Sept. 30, 2016)
  • Johnson v. Safeguard Construction Co., 2013 IL App (1st) 1361 (Dec. 30, 2013)
  • American Kitchen Delights, Inc. v. National Railroad Passenger Corp., 2013 WL 6713776 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 19, 2013)
  • Allen ex rel. Martin v. LaSalle Bank, N.A., 629 F.3d 364 (3d Cir.), petition for cert. denied, 10-1417 (January 23, 2012), dismised upon remand, 08-2240 (May 23, 2012)
  • Reger Development, LLC v. National City Bank, 2009 WL 1233898 (N.D. Ill.), aff'd, 592 F.3d 759 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 130 S.Ct. 3507 (2010)

Chad A. Schiefelbein

Shareholder

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1996, magna cum laude
  • Valparaiso University, B.S., 1992

Chad A. Schiefelbein

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association