Former Lake County Chief Judge Returns to Private Practice

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Former Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit of Lake County, Fred Foreman, is returning to Freeborn & Peters in Chicago as a Senior Counsel in the law firm's Government & Regulatory Law Practice Group and Complex Litigation Antitrust Team. Foreman is a reputed litigator equally proficient in civil and criminal cases. He has tried more than 200 cases in federal and state courts and has also served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1990-1993 and as States Attorney of Lake County from 1980-1990.

As United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Judge Foreman had supervised the prosecution of major frauds and defended the United States in complex civil matters. As States Attorney of Lake County, he was elected to three terms and supervised major civil and criminal matters including serial killers, organized crime, and complex civil rights, antitrust and self-insurance cases.

Explaining his motive for returning to private practice after a brief period f retirement, Judge Foreman said "I am looking forward to returning to Freeborn & Peters as Senior Counsel and assisting the firm's clients, as well as my own former clients, with legal solutions to business challenges and regulatory issues … I also hope to remain active as a member of the bar association committees in which I have involvement and other appointments that I may receive."

Foreman's experience includes trials involving antitrust, securities, RICO, civil rights, environmental, constitutional law, fraud and murder. He has wide experience in advising clients on matters before state and federal regulatory agencies and has successfully assisted clients in passing legislation before the state legislature and units of local government. He has supervised many corporate internal investigations and represented clients throughout the world on matters of corporate espionage, electronic intrusions and theft of intellectual property.

Michael Kelly, the firm's Co-Managing Partner said "Freeborn & Peters is pleased to welcome our former colleague Judge Foreman back to the firm … Like the firm itself, Judge Foreman is known for his litigation and regulatory knowledge, which will be a tremendous asset to our clients. As a former United States attorney, he possesses unique skills in advising clients."

Judge Foreman is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis.

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