Forward Thinking Strategic Counsel


Forward Thinking Strategic Counsel


Forward Thinking Strategic Counsel

Delivering exceptional value, listening to client objectives and diligently protecting their interests.

Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg, LLC is a business-focused law firm with deep roots in Chicago. Since 1946, we’ve consistently been true to our founding principle: long-lasting client relationships based on trust, communication and responsiveness, paired with exceptional legal counsel.

Our clients range from public corporations to entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on representing small to mid-sized businesses.


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Illinois Department of Human Rights Issues New Guidance Regarding Employer Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

Among the sweeping changes to Illinois’ employment law framework, arguably none is as far-reaching or consequential to Illinois employers than the recently enacted amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act, which now require every Illinois employer to provide annual mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for all employees, beginning this year.

Why Justices Declined Review of Scientist’s Defamation Case

On Nov. 25, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions for writs of certiorari seeking review of a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision, allowing climate scientist Michael Mann’s defamation case to proceed against the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and two individuals.

Firm Move Announced for 2020

In September 2020, SFNR will relocate its offices for the first time since the early 1970s. SFNR just entered into a new lease calling for the firm to move into “The 300,” a recently renovated downtown office tower at 300 S....

SFNR Celebrates the “Beauty” of a Big Case Win

SFNR prevailed on a fraud claim in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On behalf of a leading distributor of beauty products, SFNR asserted claims for common law fraud and fraudulent concealment against a longtime industry professional who...

Empowered sales rep protects his contract rights; delivers strong jolt to breaching principal

William Valle’s commission lawsuit against Powertech Industrial Co. Ltd. offers a little bit of everything.

Two versions of a contract, changing commission rates, enforceability questions, and the duty of good faith and fair dealing are all raised in this dispute. (So too is the perennial employee v. independent contractor battle, but that part of their contest will be saved for another day.)

Tax Planning with Appreciated Assets

Question: I own a stock portfolio which has appreciated significantly in value over the years. Can I transfer the portfolio to my aged mother and have her transfer it back to me upon her death so I can benefit from a step-up in basis when she dies?

Continuing Post-Termination Salary as Deferred Compensation

Question:        I am planning to retire and give stock in my business to my children in the next few years.  While I am not expecting any payments in return, I want to continue my salary following my retirement. Can the business continue to pay salary to me after I retire?