Erik L. Kantz
Erik Kantz focuses his practice on middle-market businesses and emerging companies. As a member of both the business and litigation groups of the firm, Erik takes a business approach to the practice of law, helping clients design and implement strategies and organizational structures that promote growth, flexibility and creativity.
Erik primarily represents entrepreneurs, privately-held companies, lenders and private investors across several industries, including manufacturing, transportation, distribution, food and beverage, health care, financial and professional services, retail, franchising, construction and information technology and communications. He counsels these clients on a broad range of issues, including business organizations and joint ventures, financing and investment, mergers and acquisitions, banking, insurance, contract matters, regulatory compliance and corporate governance and executive management (with an emphasis on employee retention, risk management and succession planning). Erik has significant experience representing buyers and sellers, as well as minority owners, management, lenders, intermediaries and other constituents, in the merger and acquisition process, and in organizing and structuring companies and ventures at all stages of investment and development. He also has substantial experience representing individuals (primarily physicians and other professionals) and non-profit associations with their business and legal needs.
Erik devotes a significant portion of his practice to owners and management involved in ownership and governance disputes. He works closely with the firm's litigation group and outside professional advisors to create and implement strategies tailored the client's specific needs relative to the other owners, executives and constituents in order to minimize (and in many cases avoid) the extraordinary economic and emotional costs of protracted litigation.
Before joining the firm, Erik was a founding partner of CSC Communications, a sports publishing and consulting venture, where he served as director of marketing and operations for College Sports Chicago, a newsprint magazine the company launched in 1995. During law school, Erik interned with the Cook County States Attorney's Office, where he had the opportunity to try felony criminal cases as a Rule-711 practitioner.