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Lou is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience litigating complex business disputes.  His experience includes guiding clients’ senior management through thirteen completed trials, seven as First Chair.  Lou has also briefed and argued multiple appeals in federal and state courts.  He is currently an equity partner at Butler, Rubin, Saltarelli & Boyd in Chicago, Illinois.  Lou’s credentials include being named as a leader in business litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2015.

At Butler Rubin, Lou handles complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including disputes involving insurance and reinsurance, breach of executive compensation contract, real estate, trade secrets and legal malpractice.  In addition to spearheading legal strategy, motion practice, discovery and trial preparation, his duties include: preparing fact and expert witnesses to testify; negotiating discovery dispute resolutions and out-of-court settlements; and managing client relationships.  Lou has published a number of articles on issues concerning litigation and arbitration, many of which are posted on Butler Rubin’s website.

Prior to joining Butler Rubin, Lou served as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge James B. Zagel in the Northern District of Illinois.  Before his clerkship, Lou was selected to participate in the Attorney General’s Honors Program, where he served as a trial attorney litigating federal False Claims Act cases.  In that capacity, Lou coordinated civil fraud investigations with federal agency officials, drafted pleadings and briefs, conducted fact and expert discovery, argued motions, and negotiated False Claims Act settlements.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 50%
  2. Insurance: 50%

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Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP

70 West Madison Street Suite 1800
Chicago, IL, 60602

Butler, Rubin, Saltarelli & Boyd

1800three First National Plaza Suite 1800
Chicago, IL, 60602



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199305/11/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Business LitigationIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerButler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd, LLP1993 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
ARIAS-U.S. QuarterlyThe Effect on Confidentiality of Petitions to Vacate, Modify or Confirm Arbitral Awards2015
Corporate CounselAvoiding Sanctions For Failure To Respond Adequately To Nonparty Subpoenas2011
ARIAS-U.S. QuarterlyWhat's Left of "Manifest Disregard of the Law" as a Basis for Vacatur of Arbitration Awards2010
ARIAS-U.S. QuarterlyThe Broker in the Middle: The Law of Broker Compensation2007
Mealey’s Litigation Report: ReinsuranceObtaining and Precluding Evidence from Non-Parties Based Upon the Scope of Arbitrator Authority Under the Federal Arbitration Act2005
Corporate CounselProtecting the Right to Challenge Arbitration Awards Based on “Evident Partiality,”2005
Mealey's Litigation Report: ReinsuranceCircuit Split Deepens Over Scope of FAA Pre-Hearing Subpoena Authority2004
Journal of ReinsuranceAssignment of Reinsurance Contract Rights2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Colgate UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984