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Dowd and Dowd v. Gleason

Illinois Appellate Court
816 N.E.2d 754 (2004)


Facts

Nancy Gleason (defendant) was a partner for the law firm Dowd & Dowd, Ltd. (Dowd) (plaintiff). Allstate Insurance Co. was one of Gleason’s clients at Dowd. Gleason left Dowd to open a new law firm, and she took Allstate with her as a client. Evidence adduced at trial indicated that Gleason solicited and secured Allstate’s business for the new firm prior to resigning from Dowd. Dowd sued Gleason for breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage. The trial court ruled in favor of Dowd, awarding over $2.4 million in damages for lost profits and compensation to Gleason over the period during which she was in breach of her fiduciary duty. Gleason appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (O’Malley, J.)

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