Troy M. Sphar

Biography

Troy Sphar is a partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP practicing in both the Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes Group and the Employment Litigation and Counseling Group. Troy focuses his practice on advising employers and individuals on employment matters including restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, trade secret protection, termination decisions, employee manuals and best employment practices. Troy has represented both employers and employees in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Department of Labor and the United States Department of Labor and has litigated employment matters before the Illinois State Courts and United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois including disputes concerning unlawful discrimination, harassment, privacy issues, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Wage Payment Act, wrongful and retaliatory discharge, commission disputes, restrictive covenants and union pension and dues disputes.

In addition, Troy counsels closely held businesses on a variety of business and employment issues, including incorporation, best business practices, contract drafting, disciplinary and termination decisions, and third-party contract negotiations. He has also represented individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation disputes, including contract claims, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret misappropriation matters and other business torts.

Practices

Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services
Product Liability
Employment Litigation and Counseling

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2012-2013, 2015-2017

News

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, St. Louis, Madison County, March 30, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Investing in Justice Campaign
All attorneys in the firm's Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County and St. Louis offices donated to the campaign.

Chicago, January 5, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names Four New Partners
All four attorneys practice at the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, August 15, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Appellate Court Ruling in Noncompete Case
According the article, "in a ruling that broke new legal ground Monday, a state appeals panel found that connecting with a former colleague on a social media platform is not enough to violate a noncompete agreement."

Chicago, January 16, 2017
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 38 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

July 1, 2016
Bell, Weiler and Sphar Win Opinion in Employment Discrimination Case
The opinion affirmed a jury verdict for their client, a medical corporation, in an employment discrimination case.

Chicago, June 13, 2016
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois Appellate Court Decisions and Their Effect on Employment Law
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

Chicago, January 13, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 12, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, September 11, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Not Guilty Verdict in ADA Case
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represented the client at both the administrative level before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and through to verdict.

Chicago, September 4, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Summary Judgment in Trade Secret Matter
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP won summary judgment on behalf of its client, a California plant propagator, in a sophisticated multi-million dollar trade secret matter involving the licensing, marketing and development of specialized plant lines.

Chicago, January 3, 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 3, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 34 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 23 of its attorneys were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, while 11 others were recognized as Rising Stars.

Chicago, October 27, 2011
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All are associates in the firm's Chicago office.

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