Brian W. Norkett

Brian's practice focuses on commercial litigation matters, to which he brings extensive experience representing national, regional, and local lending institutions, closely-held corporations, and partnerships. Brian has defended a wide variety of lender liability suits, embezzlement, check-kiting and banker's bond claims in federal and state courts. He has also defended clients in consumer class actions in FDCPA, FCRA, and TILA claims as well as protected the rights of secured parties in various bankruptcy and work out proceedings. He has tried numerous bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts. Brian has successfully prosecuted and defended lawsuits seeking injunctive relief relating to the dissolution of closely-held corporations and partnerships, as well as for the violation of non-competition agreements and disclosure of confidential business information. He has also successfully defended age, sex, national origin, and disability claims before state and federal agencies and in federal court.

Brian has been rated an AV® Preeminent™ lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, representing the recognition of the highest level of legal ability and ethical standards by his peers. He was also included in Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015 in the areas of Banking & Finance, Commercial Litigation, and Debtor and Creditor.

Prior to entering private practice, Brian worked as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Thomas J. Moran of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1987 to 1988.

Brian is involved in a wide variety of charitable activities relating to youth development and Catholic education, serving on the board of several such organizations.


  • Northwestern University, JD, 1986
  • Georgetown University, AB 1983; magna cum laude


  • Illinois
  • United States District Courts: Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court