The State and Federal Constitutions guarantee to all citizens the right to due process and equal protection of the laws and provide a wide array of protections relating to the use and regulation of private and public lands. The State and Federal Constitutions further guarantee to all citizens the right of free access to the courts. We apply our extensive knowledge of constitutional law on behalf of clients whose constitutional rights have been infringed, including matters relating to free speech and the right to petition the government, as well as the related areas of freedom of religious exercise, and discrimination based on age and disabilities.
Real Estate Litigation
Even when the parties to a transaction enter into a deal with the best of intentions, a sad truth is that real estate matters often end up in court. In these instances, our broad and extensive litigation experience allows us to achieve favorable results for our clients. Our attorneys have successfully litigated real estate leases and contracts, landlord/ tenant matters, suits to quiet title, municipal citations, planned developments, wrongful demolition, and myriad other litigation matters related to real estate.
Land Use Litigation
Our team is dedicated to protecting the private property rights of our clients against both private and governmental interference and infringement. We represent a wide array of private citizens, real estate developers, non-profit organizations, and corporate entities in disputes against municipal, county, and state entities that have diminished, or are threatening to diminish, our clients’ property value and rights. Similarly, we frequently represent land owners in disputes with private entities that develop neighboring real estate in violation of zoning and building ordinances. The Firm represents clients in zoning, landmark, outdoor advertising, eminent domain, special use, variance, and public property disputes across Illinois. We have extensive trial and appellate experience before the federal and state courts, including the Illinois Supreme Court. When appropriate, we also negotiate successful resolutions to disputes with governmental entities, employing our well-honed advocacy skills and leveraging our extensive contacts with elected official and municipal decision makers to avoid potentially costly litigation.
Business and Commercial Litigation
The attorneys of Thomas J. Ramsdell & Associates have over 20 years of experience litigating commercial and business disputes. We represent plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal courts, in matters including theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, corporate and partnership dissolution, fraud, copyright infringement, business defamation, business torts, unfair competition, and consumer fraud. We use our extensive trial and appellate experience in these matters to achieve maximum results for our clients, often at a cost far lower than others in the industry.