Chelsea Ashbrook McCarthy is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. Ms. McCarthy focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Ms. McCarthy's experience includes defending plan sponsors of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), company boards of directors, selling shareholders, and fiduciaries in ERISA putative class actions involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and engaging in prohibited transactions. She also represents clients in regulatory investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for alleged violations of ERISA.
In her commercial litigation practice, Ms. McCarthy represents clients in a wide array of complex financial services issues. She routinely represents lenders in complex commercial foreclosures, breach of guaranty and lender liability matters. Ms. McCarthy also represents companies and individuals in the prosecution and defense of restrictive covenant and trade secret claims. She has both successfully prevailed on, and defended against, claims for emergency and preliminary injunctive relief. Ms. McCarthy's experience also includes commercial real estate litigation, ranging from commercial lease disputes to title claims. She also represents clients in matters involving shareholder and fiduciary issues and insurance coverage.
Ms. McCarthy represents clients at the trial and appellate levels and has tried cases to verdict in state and federal court. She is a member of the trial bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Ms. McCarthy is an active community volunteer and serves as a member of the board of directors of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. She also coordinates Holland & Knight's participation in providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. McCarthy clerked for the Honorable Richard L. Young in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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