Stavros is a partner in HMB’s Litigation and Private Client, Trusts and Estates Groups. He focuses his practice on all aspects of business and fiduciary litigation.
Stavros is a problem solver and represents a range of individuals and entities involved in disputes. He partners with individuals, privately-held businesses and owners, executives, banks, lenders, corporate trustees, investors, physicians and physician practice groups, general contractors and real estate developers among others. Likewise, Stavros represents clients in a variety of matters including contract disputes, ownership (corporation/partnership and LLC) disputes, real estate and lease disputes, trade secret misappropriation, fraud and other business torts, restrictive covenants and more.
With years of trusts and estate litigation experience, Stavros also represents trustees and beneficiaries in a variety of controversies, including matters involving estate claims, trust and will contests due to undue influence, tortious interference with inheritance expectancy, trust asset valuations, trustee contract rights and breaches of fiduciary duties.
Practical and Strategic Dispute Resolution
Clients rely on Stavros’s practical approach to preventing disputes as well as his strategic pursuit and defense of claims at trial, in state or federal court, or through arbitration and mediation. They appreciate his judgment and results-oriented advice on issues including before they become a problem. If an issue goes to court, clients trust that Stavros will pursue and defend their claims vigorously with their goals in mind.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. with honors
Miami University, B.A. in Psychology
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Volunteer Leadership Council Member
Stavros S. Giannoulias and John R. Wiktor filed claims on behalf of a non-profit Congregation to enforce two oral pledges made by one of its prominent and beloved members, who died suddenly before fulfilling his pledges. The Congregation filed claims in the probate proceedings in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois asserting that its member made a $1 million…
A new section in the Illinois Probate Act, 755 ILCS 5/4-a, et seq., titled "Presumptively Void Transfers," which took effect January 1, 2015, creates a rebuttable presumption that a document that transfers assets upon a person's death, referred to as a "transfer instrument," that transfers $20,000 or more to a caregiver is invalid. The intent of the new law is…