Zaheer, Bilal

Bilal Zaheer

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Bilal Zaheer is a Partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP and focuses his practice on business litigation in state and federal court, as well as arbitration and mediation. Bilal regularly advises and counsels companies facing disputes arising from complex corporate and commercial transactions. He also regularly defends companies, officers, directors and professional advisors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting and related claims involving alleged corporate misconduct often brought by bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, court-appointed receivers and shareholders, and advises on issues of Delaware corporate governance arising in connection with such claims.

An experienced trial attorney and member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, Bilal has tried cases in federal and state court and has represented clients in disputes around the country involving breach of contract claims under the common law and Uniform Commercial Code, business and securities fraud, enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and state and federal claims concerning misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets. In addition, Bilal has significant experience representing international companies and non-U.S. based clients involved in disputes within the United States, as well as representing U.S. companies involved in disputes with companies and individuals located outside of the United States.

As part of his commitment to service, Bilal has served on the boards of local and national bar associations. Currently, he serves as Treasurer for the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and on the board of directors for the Chicago Committee. In addition, Bilal maintains an active pro bono practice, where he has counseled and represented individuals in a variety of civil proceedings.

Bilal began his legal career at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.

Bilal Zaheer is a Partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP and focuses his practice on business litigation in state and federal court, as well as arbitration and mediation. Bilal regularly advises and counsels companies facing disputes arising from complex corporate and commercial transactions. He also regularly defends companies, officers, directors and professional advisors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting and related claims involving alleged corporate misconduct often brought by bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, court-appointed receivers and shareholders, and advises on issues of Delaware corporate governance arising in connection with such claims.

An experienced trial attorney and member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, Bilal has tried cases in federal and state court and has represented clients in disputes around the country involving breach of contract claims under the common law and Uniform Commercial Code, business and securities fraud, enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and state and federal claims concerning misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets. In addition, Bilal has significant experience representing international companies and non-U.S. based clients involved in disputes within the United States, as well as representing U.S. companies involved in disputes with companies and individuals located outside of the United States.

As part of his commitment to service, Bilal has served on the boards of local and national bar associations. Currently, he serves as Treasurer for the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and on the board of directors for the Chicago Committee. In addition, Bilal maintains an active pro bono practice, where he has counseled and represented individuals in a variety of civil proceedings.

Bilal began his legal career at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.

  • Defended insurance broker against claims brought by court-appointed corporate receiver for aiding and abetting in the alleged diversion of millions of dollars in insurance commissions; secured defense judgment on behalf of client after a state court bench trial
  • Defended a group of former directors and officers of an insolvent medical device company against a $50,000,000 claim for breach of fiduciary duty asserted by a post-confirmation litigation trustee
  • Represented bankruptcy court-appointed Litigation Trustee in series of federal and state court cases, including trial and appeal, against corporation’s former executives to enforce more than $70 million in promissory notes executed in connection with funding an employee stock option program; litigated claims and defenses under federal securities laws and Federal Reserve Board regulations
  • Defended financial services company in arbitration proceedings against claims asserted by former company executive, who alleged claims for breach of employment agreement, wage act violations, and retaliatory discharge under Dodd-Frank; asserted counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty against former executive
  • Represented former CEO of financial services company in federal and state lawsuits involving claims of wrongful termination, tortious interference, breach of employment contract and violations of federal securities laws; obtained dismissal of defendants’ counterclaims, including dismissal of $40 million dollar claim for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Represented group of shareholders, including the company’s former CEO, in a shareholder derivative lawsuit asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against corporation’s officers and directors for waste of corporate funds and improper related party transactions; secured appellate reversal of trial court order dismissing case in appeal involving issues of first impression under Illinois corporate governance law
  • Represented a large multinational corporation in an investigation before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission involving allegations of accounting fraud and potentially misleading disclosures to shareholders
  • Secured multi-million dollar judgment for global industrial company in federal lawsuit involving breach of joint venture agreement with Chinese national; obtained dismissal of joint venture partner’s fraud counterclaims
  • Defended Canadian subsidiary of global food manufacturer in federal lawsuit brought by former vendor alleging breach of manufacturing and supply agreements under the Uniform Commercial Code and common law
  • Prosecuted federal lawsuit on behalf of Japanese airline carrier involving breach of aircraft purchase agreement and related Uniform Commercial Code issues
  • Defended printing services company in federal lawsuit against claims asserted under the Uniform Commercial Code by a commercial purchaser of paper products; obtained dismissal of the lawsuit on personal jurisdiction grounds
  • Defended national toy retailer in multimillion dollar contract dispute with Chinese vendor; secured dismissal of vendor’s claims for fraud and equitable relief
  • Represents individuals on a pro bono basis, including first-chairing a federal jury trial involving a § 1983 claim and securing asylum for individuals seeking refuge in the United States
Reported Decisions
  • Breitweiser v. Highland Capital Brokerage, et al, 2019 IL App (1st) 181898-U, 2019 WL 6337358 (Nov. 25, 2019)
  • Midland Paper Company v. DigitalPro, Inc., 2018 WL 3190819, at *1 (N.D. Ill. May 7, 2018)
  • Caulfield v. Packer Grp., Inc., 2016 IL App (1st) 151558, 56 N.E.3d 509
  • Daiichi Koku Co., Ltd. v. J.A. Aero, Inc., No. 15 C 2566, 2015 WL 5921863 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 9, 2015)
  • Michalowski v. Rutherford, 82 F. Supp. 3d 775, (N.D. Ill. 2015)
  • Simons v. Ditto Trade, Inc., et al, 63 F. Supp. 3d 874, (N.D. Ill. 2014)
  • Nalco Company v. Chen, No. 12 C 9931, 2014 WL 2514636 (N.D. Ill. June 4, 2014)
  • Wallis v. Levine, et al, No. 13-1594, 2013 WL 5345502, (7th Cir. Jun. 11, 2013)
  • Henderson v. Bramlet et al, No. 08 C 15, 2012 WL 506975 (S.D. Ill. Feb. 15, 2012)
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Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2006
    Member, University of Illinois Law Review
  • B.A., Economics, with honors, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003
    Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, 2006
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Professional Affiliations
    • Board of Directors, The Chicago Committee, past Associate Board Member
    • Treasurer, National Association of Muslim Lawyers
    • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2017
    • Past Co-Chair of Litigation Committee and Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Committee, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • Recipient of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's "Best Under 40" Award
    • Named an "Illinois Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication (2011, 2013-2020)
    • Named an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyer Magazine in 2015-2020