Mark H. Schiff currently advises business clients in the areas of contracts, corporate law and planning as well as employment law. This further includes the purchase and sale of businesses and succession planning for the businesses and their owners. As a critical part of his practice, since 1977 he has maintained a substantial and continuously thriving practice in the field of civil litigation, trying cases for clients of the firm including matters involving employment law and partnership-shareholder disputes. Over the years, Mark has developed a great interest in and urges clients of the firm to consider alternative dispute resolution, for the purpose of settling disputes without the need for lengthy and expensive court proceedings. Towards that end, Mark serves on the panel as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association in the areas of commercial and employment disputes both in Chicago and South Florida and has completed a 40 hour training course in mediation skills with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. Mark is an authorized mediator for the Chancery and Law Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Mark obtained his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign. After obtaining his law degree from the John Marshall Law School and being admitted to the bar in 1977, he began working in a law firm whose work was primarily focused on businesses and their legal needs. At this firm, he gathered significant experience in the areas of general business and corporate law, litigation, business and estate planning as well as real estate. Since the beginning of his career, he has worked extensively as outside general counsel for a number of companies and their entrepreneurial owners in high technology in the Midwest, including computer resellers, service companies, video game inventors and other advanced technology enterprises.
In addition to being licensed to practice in the state of Illinois, Mark is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
For more than 20 years, Mark has maintained the highest “AV” rating (very high to preeminent) among his peers for legal ability, professional reliability, diligence and ethics, and since 2015 has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer among the Nation’s Top Lawyers.
Mark has worked for many years in various not for profit endeavors including having served as a board member and past president of an international children’s charity and after serving as an alumnus volunteer and board member for decades, he served as president of his international fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. During his term as president, the organization opened its first chapters in the state of Israel, as the only fraternity in the country.