Vedder Price

James V. Garvey

Shareholder

James V. Garvey is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Litigation practice area.

He maintains a broad litigation and counseling practice covering a range of substantive areas in both U.S. federal and state courts. He has handled litigation and trial work for numerous major corporate clients and individuals on matters involving complex trust and financial institutions issues, directors and officers liability, antitrust and trade regulation, toxic tort exposure, products liability, psychiatric malpractice, employer-union and employer-employee relations (including relating to federal and state discrimination laws), bankruptcy, securities, mechanics' liens, FINRA broker-dealer disputes and other commercial matters.

In addition, Mr. Garvey has developed a special concentration in counseling clients and litigating issues pertaining to trade secrets and the enforcement and enforceability of restrictive covenants in Illinois and throughout the United States. Mr. Garvey’s practice includes counseling clients with respect to drafting restrictive covenants, enforcing and defending covenant and trade secrets claims and litigating all aspects of such cases, from the TRO stage through trial. Mr. Garvey serves as Chair of the Litigation practice area’s subgroup on Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets.

Mr. Garvey also has significant experience in handling disputes involving securities broker-dealers, including representing clients in federal and state securities investigative, administrative and contested matters, as well as handling arbitration cases from initiation through completion.

Mr. Garvey is experienced in handling all phases of litigation, from the temporary restraining order/injunction phase through trial and appeal. He has appeared and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and the federal Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. He regularly counsels clients on litigation avoidance and the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Garvey also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee. He is a past Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee and Co-Chair of the firm’s Summer Program.

Mr. Garvey was selected for inclusion from 2011 to 2017 in Illinois Super Lawyers. He was also selected by his peers from 2013 to 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition.

James V. Garvey

Shareholder

Experience

  • Represented financial institution and trust company in defense of multi-state breach of fiduciary duty, securities, and related claims, and in prosecution of contribution and indemnity claims
  • Represented international confectionary company in defense of discrimination claims by former employee
  • Represented international communications company in defense of securities claims
  • Represented international publishing company in defense of breach of contract, defamation and related claims
  • Represented local and national environmental and construction testing firms in defense of tortious interference and related claims
  • Represented international pharmaceuticals company in defense in thimersol litigation
  • Represented international oil refining company in defense of asbestos-related claims
  • Represented national manufacturing company in defense of patent infringement claims
  • Represented major local utility in defense of wrongful termination, malicious prosecution, and defamation claims
  • Represented major local utility in defense of discrimination claims by former employee
  • Represented international banking conglomerate in defense of NASD securities-related claims
  • Represented national health insurer in prosecution of antitrust and related claims
  • Represented out-of-state consulting firm in collection of foreign judgment
  • Represented international industrial services firm in prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets claims
  • Represented multiple companies in prosecution and defense of mechanic's lien and related claims
  • Represented national value-added reseller of wireless technology in prosecution of breach of contract, tortious interference, and defamation claims
  • Represented collection firm in defense of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Represented international communications and advertising firm in restrictive covenant and breach of contract matters

James V. Garvey

Shareholder

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1994, cum laude
  • Santa Clara University, B.S., 1991, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

James V. Garvey

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1994

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2007

Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicagoland

James V. Garvey

Shareholder