Litigation Services

What Is Our Litigation Concentration?

The Centarus Legal Services team concentrates in two types of business litigation: (a) breach of contract and (b) investor fraud.

What are Breach of Contract and Investor Fraud Claims?

Upon entering into a contract with a business or individual, clients generally expect that party to fulfill its end of the agreement based on the terms agreed upon. Unfortunately, contracts are often breached because one party fails to perform or fails to completely perform (partial-performance) its obligations. In any substantial commercial or financial enterprise, contract litigation can be unavoidable.  However, the experience, skill, and results orientation that Centarus Legal Services attorneys possess helps our clients prevail in the eventual contest that arises—litigation.

Breach of Contract and Contract Disputes

From our Northwest Suburban Illinois office we represent individuals and businesses – from small family-owned businesses to large corporations – in contract disputes including breach of contract and contract interpretation. We are skilled trial lawyers with a detailed understanding of the complexities of contract litigation. Our objective is for our clients to prevail and to secure a recovery for any applicable damages they suffer.

Representation for Illinois Businesses and Individuals

A contract is generally an agreement to provide compensation in exchange for a good or service. A contract can be based on a written agreement, an oral promise, or created through the course of dealings between the parties. A breach of contract occurs when some part of that agreement isn’t honored by one or more parties to the agreement. If another party has broken a contract with you, we can provide a candid assessment of the damages to which you may be entitled.

Breach of contract damages generally translate to the “benefit of the bargain,” that is, what would have been the benefit of the fully-performed contract. Sometimes clients are better-served by pursuing damages based on the contract and other times a better avenue would be to pursue alternate options. Our lawyers possess the knowledge and experience to guide you toward the best possible outcome.

Investor Fraud Claims and Disputes

An investor fraud claim may simply appear to be a breach of contract dispute but it is much more involved. When an issuer, broker dealer, registered or unregistered representative, or promoter has fraudulently represented the nature of an investment there are many potential legal options that an Illinois investor fraud attorney can pursue for the injured investor.

We must all accept the fact that fraudulent activities have now become fairly common these days and when the sale of securities are involved in such fraud, the best shoulder to fall upon is an Illinois investor fraud attorney. The truth of the matter is that when an investor bestows his trust and faith in an investment company, banking firm, or other private investment broker, he should reasonably expect a high level of integrity and fair dealing. Securities fraud can arise in many ways. Two such ways are (1) when the professionals with whom you have entrusted to manage your investment your bonds, stocks and mutual funds unlawfully profit from your investments, or (2) when an issuer fails to comply with the securities laws in issuing its securities or fails to disclose a material element or risk inherent in an investment opportunity. It is in such circumstances that a Chicago investor fraud attorney can be invaluable.

Succeeding in a lawsuit requires a high degree of experience and skill from the Illinois investor fraud attorney. Our team provides such a level of skill, and professionalism.

Among the various types of causes of actions, in addition to breach of contract, which may arise from investor fraud circumstances are the following:

  • Conversion
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Violations of the Securities Act
  • Violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act
  • Claims in Equity for Disgorgement
  • State Securities Fraud Violations
  • State Consumer Fraud
  • Constructive Trust Claims

Asserting these causes of action can permit investors to recover their entire investment with interest but this is only possible if the litigators involved in the action thoroughly understand not only contracts law but also securities laws. Our attorneys have particular expertise in both of these areas.

We retain highly skilled litigators as part of our team. When something has gone wrong with a contractual commitment, you can rely on us to help you through this challenging and adversarial process. Contract and investor fraud litigation can be very complex but you can feel confident that our experience and skill will help you achieve a favorable outcome. If you are involved in a contract dispute, contact us for a free consultation with an experienced attorney;

Why Hire Us?

We are dedicated to finding effective litigation solutions to client challenges. Our legal team is comprised of veteran litigators, who have an average of 15 years of experience, and most of our team members possess more than two decades of experience. Many litigators have limited business experience prior to beginning their practice of law. Our litigation teams combine lawyers with extensive legal experience and lawyers with extensive litigation and strategy experience. This allows our litigation team to plan for optimal client outcomes.

Without a litigation plan and a sound strategy, a litigation team can only be reactive, and it cannot possible lead a litigation. On the other hand, beginning litigation with a strategy and adjusting along the way allows for the most dominant positioning and maximizes client outcomes. In addition to maximizing outcomes, our firm is able to maintain the lowest possible cost to our clients since we don’t allow our team to be subject to the whims of opposing counsel.

Next, using the appropriate amount of force necessary to accomplish an objective is not as common as it may seem. In fact, many litigators either use force at the wrong time or fail to use force at all. Our team is uniquely experienced in using an appropriate amount of force an aggressiveness to accomplish our client’s objectives.

Louis Amatucci, Esq.

Managing Partner/ Sr. Litigation and Securities Counsel

Mr. Amatucci serves as the Managing Partner of Centarus Legal Services, PC, Centarus Business Consultants, Ltd, and CBC Due Diligence Services. He is a corporate, securities, and regulatory defense attorney who has more than a decade of legal experience and more than fifteen years of prior management and executive level business experience at a number of large national and multinational corporations.

His legal practice at Centarus Legal Service focuses on corporate law, securities law, and regulatory defense. In addition, he oversees the operations of Centarus Business Consultants, Ltd and CBC Due Diligence. Centarus Business Consultants is a consulting firm that is devoted to assisting small public and private companies with strategy and consulting, and CBC Due Diligence provides due diligence services for broker dealers and registered investment advisers.

Prior to heading Centarus, Mr. Amatucci was managing partner and general counsel at a respected Midwestern real estate operating company and securities issuer. During that time, he was responsibility for overseeing all of the corporate, securities, and compliance matters relative to the company. Mr. Amatucci and Centarus have, also, represented clients in front of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Illinois State Securities Department, and the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, subsequent to clients’ failing to comply with securities laws or receiving misdirection from prior counsel. Mr. Amatucci and Centarus have litigated cases in Illinois state court ranging from breach of contract to investor fraud matters.

His passion is helping businesses of all sizes with their growth and development, and he is a true “business lawyer” since he is among a small percentage of attorneys that possesses high level and diverse business experience. Specifically, he has over a decade of prior business experience in each of the following industries: technology, banking, and real estate.

In the technology industry, he held engineering, senior engineering and executive level management positions at numerous large and respected national and international companies, to include, Unisys, NGK/ NTK, Motorola, and Varta Gmbh. In the banking and financial services industry, he was an executive level manager at a major national bank. In addition, he served as managing partner of a boutique securities broker dealer, where he had responsibility for all operations of the office, including management of registered representatives, profit and loss responsibility, and oversight of day to day activities.

Finally, he has spent over a decade in the real estate industry where he sold investment real estate, was a licensed real estate instructor, and he was a licensed managing real estate broker. His cumulative real estate industry experience includes over a decade of investment sales and commercial real estate deal structuring experience.

Mr. Amatucci holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and three advanced degrees, including a Master of Science, a Master of Arts, and a Juris Doctor. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, New York University-Polytechnic Institute, and University of Illinois Law School where he was an honored recipient of the Ronald Rosenberg academic scholarship, and where he graduated with Dean’s List honors. He has, also, been an active member of the Illinois and New York Bar associations, and he is a former graduate level college professor of corporate and employment law.

Gregory W. Stevens

Senior Litigation/ Criminal Counsel 

Greg Stevens is of counsel with Centarus and has over thirty-four years experience handling civil litigation, criminal defense, and securities enforcement defense.  Mr. Stevens was previously employed at prominent law firms in Washington, D.C. and with his own law office, and has extensive federal and state trial and appellate court experience.  Greg received a Bachelors of Science Degree from Hillsdale College, with Majors in Economics, English, and Math, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and as the Salutatorian.  He earned a Masters of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan; and he earned his Juris Doctorate at the same time from University of Michigan School of Law.

Adam Kingsley

Senior Litigation Counsel 

Adam Kingsley is of counsel with Centarus Legal Services and has over twenty-five years experience as a civil litigation attorney. Adam began his career with the Chicago law firm Hopkins & Sutter and is a former Senior Counsel in the City of Chicago Department of Law, where he represented the City in commercial and constitutional litigation. He has trial and appellate experience in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties, and in the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Adam lives in Chicago and is on the Board of the Heart of Lincoln Square Neighborhood Association. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Duke University School of Law.

Lawrence Falli

Senior Litigation Counsel

Mr. Falli works with of counsel with Centarus Legal Services. He possesses ten years of litigation experience and focuses on securities and civil litigation for Centarus. Previously with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and the DuPage County State’s Attorney, where he was a civil litigator, he brought and defended commercial litigation actions on behalf of the Illinois Securities Department, the Capital Development Board, and the Illinois Department of Transportation in both state and federal courts as well as before administrative hearings. Representative clients also include the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Secretary of State, and the Department of Professional Regulation.

He externed with the Honorable Wayne Andersen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Frank Orlando of the Illinois Circuit Court. Prior to graduating from law school, he interned with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In law school, he was awarded the West Publishing Award, a CALI Award, and the Herman Memorial Dean’s Scholarship. During his summer abroad, he studied Comparative Trial Advocacy at King’s Inns in Dublin, Ireland.

Mr. Falli has provided pro bono representation to the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and Fort Bend Lawyers Care. He is a graduate of Indiana University and John Marshall Law School. Mr. Falli is admitted to practice law in Texas.

Steve Forbes, Esq.

Senior Securities Counsel

Steve Forbes is of counsel with Centarus Legal Services and has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years. In addition, he is a Certified Public Accountant. His practice concentration is corporate and securities law, and he has represented many public and private companies acting as acquirors or sellers in mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, takeovers (negotiated and contested), venture capital transactions, restructurings, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. Mr. Forbes also has been involved in numerous initial public offerings, debt and equity underwritings and private placements, representing companies issuing securities and investment banking firms acting as underwriters or placement agents. He holds a BAA and an MBA from University of Wisconsin, and a JD from University of Wisconsin School of Law.

Jay Powell, Esq.

Senior Securities Counsel

Jay Powell is of counsel with Centarus Legal Services and has been a practicing attorney for nearly a decade, during which time he has concentrated entirely on the practice of corporate and securities law. In addition, Jason received his legal training at a well-respected midsize law firm, and, then, served as general counsel and executive team member at two real estate companies. As general counsel, he was responsible for the execution and oversight of all corporate and real estate legal matters and regulatory compliance matters. Jason’s first general counsel role was with a custom home construction company, and his most recent general counsel role was with a real estate investment and lending company that acquired properties nationally.

During his career, Jason has represented a multitude of real estate investors, real estate investment companies, real estate funds and developers, including developers of low income housing tax credit apartment complexes across the United States, and financing institutions lending to commercial real estate investment companies. In the last three years, in his role as counsel, he has facilitated the closing of over $100MM of low income housing tax credit apartment transactions. In addition, Jason has extensive experience in conducting real estate due diligence, including title review from both the real estate developer and lender perspective, as well as representing both landlords and tenants during the leasing process.

Jason earned his law degree from University of Montana School of Law. In addition, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Montana State University. Jason is currently licensed to practice law in Montana, Idaho and Washington with a pending application for admission on motion to the Oregon State Bar Association.

Jeffrey C. Foy, Esq.

Senior Securities & Corporate Counsel 

Jeffery C. Foy is of counsel with Centarus Legal Services and has been a practicing attorney for 30 years. His practice concentration at Centarus is corporate and securities law, and he has represented many startup and growth-stage companies in formation and organizational matters, private equity transactions, stock and asset purchases, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Mr. Foy has extensive knowledge of and practical experience with tax-driven investment vehicles and transferable tax credit programs. Additionally, his transactional practice core competencies include technology contracts, data privacy law, copyright, trademark, and media and publishing law. He holds a BS from the University of Texas at Austin College of Communications, and a JD from UT-Austin’s School of Law.


David Robinson

Senior Tax Counsel 

David M. Robinson is of counsel with Centarus Legal Services and is a tax attorney and CPA with over thirty years of experience practicing law and working as in-house counsel for several large diversified financial service companies. In his practice, David has worked in various areas of federal tax law including federal income, estate and gift tax law with high net worth individuals as well as small to medium sized businesses.  Mr. Robinson also has significant experience in federal securities laws as well as broker/dealer regulation. As In-house counsel, David has worked in numerous positions with responsibility for insurance regulation, product development as well as broker/dealer compliance with FINRA regulations. He also has significant legal and tax experience with pensions, 401(k) plans as well as non-qualified deferred executive compensation plans. David has also authored numerous tax opinions and memorandums of law regarding complex tax and legal issues in order to give clients needed guidance. His in depth tax analysis in the tax opinions have assisted clients in addressing complex business transactions. David understands the challenges that many businesses face in navigating the legal issues facing them, and he uses a collaborative approach with client input to reach out and find creative solutions to legal issues. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law and an MBA from St. Mary’s University. David is licensed to practice law in the States of Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida.

Alesia Selby Flemming

Senior Securities Counsel

Ms. Flemming is of counsel with Centarus Legal Services, and she focuses primarily on securities law, securities litigation, corporate law, and transactional work. She operated a solo practice for over a decade, where she represented high technology service providers, software companies, consulting firms in sales, human resources and banking, e-commerce companies, publishers and traditional retailers. Additionally, she was vice president and general counsel of OrderTrust, Inc. and an associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City and at Goodwin, Proctor in Boston. Ms. Flemming clerked for Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye at the New York Court of Appeals. She earned her a law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was the managing editor of the Law Review, a semi-finalist in the Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition, and a fellow in the Non-media Libel Law Program. Prior to entering the law, Ms. Flemming earned her B.A. degree from Georgia State University and was an editor for a weekly newspaper in Atlanta. She is also a writer concentrating on professional articles and fiction. Ms. Flemming is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts.

Larry Mallinger

Senior Securities Counsel

Mr. Mallinger’s is of counsel with Centarus Legal Services, and his practice focuses on focuses securities law, corporate law, and transactional work. He possesses over 30 years of financial services industry legal and business experience, which includes, among other positions, serving as Counsel to Morgan Stanley, Associate Counsel at the Chicago Stock Exchange, Senior Attorney at Bank of America (formerly Continental Bank, N.A.) and Senior Attorney at both the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Comptroller of the Currency. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

His transactional experience includes public and private offerings of securities, in both domestic and offshore markets; corporate and securities reporting, compliance and governance matters; broker-dealer and clearing agency regulation; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of affiliates and non-affiliates; sales and purchases of assets; investments; corporate, real estate and other financing transactions; general regulatory compliance, including filings and reports; derivative transactions; a variety of contracts (e.g., cash management, non-disclosure, information technology, marketing, vendor, transfer agency); risk management activities; and banking and consumer finance regulation and transactions, among other activities. Mr. Mallinger is admitted to practice law in Illinois.

Alex W. Reichl

Senior Securities Counsel

Mr. Reichl works of counsel with Centarus Legal Services. He graduated from Westmont College in Business and Economics with departmental honors for highest achievement, Mr. Reichl attended and graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley with distinction. Mr. Reichl’s practice focuses on focuses primarily on securities law, corporate law, and transactional work. After working for a term with Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the Federal District Court in San Jose, Mr. Reichl founded his own law office and worked with various start-up companies as both counsel and founder.

In 1999, he joined the prominent venture fund, Redwood Ventures, as General Counsel, where he assumed responsibility for all legal matters for the third fund and its portfolio, including negotiating and closing the transactions to create the fund’s portfolio as well as the formation of the fourth fund. In addition to overseeing various acquisitions of Redwood portfolio companies, Mr. Reichl was founding corporate counsel for Comstellar Technologies, Inc., and, in such capacity, transitioned Redwood through their acquisition by Comstellar as well as negotiated and closed the transactions creating Comstellar’s initial portfolio of companies. In his stint with Redwood and Comstellar, Mr. Reichl was responsible for overseeing, facilitating, and creating over $500M in transactions. Mr. Reichl is admitted to practice law in California.