Located steps from the Richard J. Daley Center, which houses courtrooms for Cook County Circuit Court, Roth Law Group LLC is focused on taking the burden of legal conflict off the shoulders of Chicago’s small business owners.
“We have our fingers on the pulse of our small business clients,” Karl Roth, managing partner and founder of the firm, told Illinois Business Daily.
Roth, a native Chicagoan, comes from a family that operated chemicals and construction businesses.
“So I grew up working in the family businesses like the people I work for now as an attorney,” Roth said. “I’ve got a leg up on a lot of other law firms because I have a lot of practical experience that serves us well and serves our clients well.”
For instance, Roth said, he understands the pressures associated with business operations and finances because he is running a business.
“I know exactly what it is like when you get a bill from anybody that is not detailed enough or seems excessive and you have three, four or five people doing the same work and everybody is billing for it,” Roth said.
Therefore, the firm takes pride in the fact that it treats people fairly.
“We don’t nickel and dime our clients,” Roth said.
Roth said he also brings to the table experience gained in engineering and manufacturing, and as a former Marine pilot who flew KC130s in Iraq.
“I can go ahead and talk to my clients that are in those industries and I understand what is going on; that gives us a real advantage,” Roth said.
But at the same time, the Roth Law Group wants to learn and know more about the kinds of industries its clients are involved in so that its attorneys are better able to speak intelligently to them about what their issues are, Roth added.
Roth, who earned his juris doctorate from Loyola University’s Chicago School of Law, started the law firm in 2004. The group focuses its practice on commercial litigation, both prosecuting and defending myriad business disputes that generally involve breach-of-contract actions in industries ranging from computer software development to manufacturing and construction.
Additionally, Roth Law Group provides clients with general legal counsel, assisting in issues ranging from the drafting of contracts to negotiating complex business deals.
Roth said one of his firm’s goals is to see its small business clients grow and succeed – not support a law firm through unnecessary litigation.
“I am conscious of the fact that people don’t have unlimited litigation budgets and I try to go ahead and solve problems as quickly as possible,” Roth said.
Sometimes that might mean settling a lawsuit; other times it could mean not filing one in the first place, Roth said. And of course there are times when a client just has to fight.
“But you have to fight with a sense of purpose and not just go around in circles where the legal fees start piling up,” Roth said.
To that end, the Roth Law Group doesn’t undertake unnecessary discovery or other efforts that aren’t going to pay off, he said.
“We avoid doing work that isn’t going to lead to results,” Roth said. “We think that is really important.”
Recently, fellow Loyola law graduate William Foley, who has worked at the Roth Law Group since its inception, was named partner.