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Burns Cronauer Brown LLP

Our mission is to help families, individuals, and business owners find positive solutions to their legal issues. Based in DeKalb County, we serve clients across Northern Illinois from the Quad Cities to the city of Chicago.

  • Commercial Litigation

    Our Practice Includes Helping Clients With Commercial Litigation Such As: Contract Disputes Breach of Fiduciary Duty Real Estate Litigation Mortgage Foreclosure Lien Foreclosure Administrative Hearings Lender Liability Employment Disputes Restrictive Covenants Fraud Landlord Tenant
  • Personal Litigation

    Our Practice Includes Helping Clients With Personal Litigation Such As: Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Accidents Workers Compensation Criminal Defense DUI Defense Product Liability Will Contests Probate Litigation Small Claims Landlord Tenant
  • Commercial Transactions

    Our Practice Includes Helping Clients With Commercial Transactions Such As: Business & Nonprofit Organizations Shareholder Agreements Business Acquisitions Succession Planning Employment Policies & Agreements Commercial Real Estate Residential Real Estate Zoning & Land Use Construction Contracts Secured Transactions Technology Commercialization Intellectual Property
  • Personal & Family Needs

    Our Practice Includes Helping Clients With Personal and Family Needs Such As: Estate Planning Probate & Estate Administration Guardianships Special Needs Trusts Charitable Gifts Prenuptial Agreements Postnuptial Agreements Marital Dissolution

Our Blog Files

April 10, 2017

C. Nicholas Cronauer wins $5.3 million jury award for injured worker

C. Nicholas Cronauer Attorney at Law On March 21, 2017, local attorney, C. Nicholas Cronauer, along with his trial team obtained a five million three hundred thousand ($5,300,000) jury verdict against Metra Railroad for an injured railroad worker after a 5 1⁄2 week long jury trial. The Federal Employers Labor Act (“FELA”) lawsuit was filed in Cook County state court. The jury trial was held at the Daley Center Courthouse in downtown Chicago from February 14, 2017, through March 21, 2017. Over 40 depositions were completed before trial during the discovery process, and the case was tried to a successful verdict in less than three (3) years. Metra contested the case vigorously. During closing argument, Metra’s lawyer told jurors, “I want you to know before I sit down I don’t agree with these guys about anything as it relates to this case.” Metra asked the jury to award $0 due […]
August 28, 2015
Partners at Burns Cronauer Brown LLP

Announcing New Partnership

Charles E. Cronauer, Brett S. Brown & Russell E. Burns are pleased to announce a merger of firms which will continue the general practice of law under the firm name of Burns Cronauer Brown LLP.   Partners Russell E. Burns Charles E. Cronauer Brett S. Brown C. Nicholas Cronauer Peter R. Gruber The new partnership will provide professional representation and experienced legal counsel to individuals and families to business and public organizations. With increased depth and added capabilities, our growing firm supports both basic and complex transactions and basic and complex trial advocacy.
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