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.
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