Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Industrial Real Estate
  • Business Litigation
  • General Business Practice
  • Employment Law


  • J.D., Duke University, with distinction, 1981 (Editor-in-Chief, Duke Law Journal)
  • B.A., Northwestern University, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1978


  • Law clerk to Judge James L. Oakes, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1981-82.
  • Law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun, United States Supreme Court, 1982-83.


  • New York Bar
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Mr. Madans enjoys a varied practice. A large part of his work involves the representation of buyers and sellers of industrial and commercial real estate, and of small and medium-sized businesses, in connection with purchase and sale transactions. He also represents the owners of many industrial and office properties in connection with their ongoing leasing and property management activities.

Mr. Madans also conducts an extensive business litigation practice that emphasizes complex and contract litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before assorted arbitration tribunals. Recent cases include a federal-court trial involving an employee's restrictive covenant; mutli-district antitrust litigation alleging an international price-fixing conspiracy; and claims against various funds for repayment of several hundred million dollars under certain Notes and Indentures.

Another substantial portion of Mr. Madans's practice involves counseling clients involved in a wide range of business endeavors. In addition to preparing contracts and providing advice on strategic matters, he seeks solutions to business conflicts in an effort to help clients avoid litigation where possible, and to position themselves advantageously for those lawsuits that cannot or should not be avoided. This same approach carries over to Mr. Madans's employment-law practice, in which he represents both employers and employees on issues of severance, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and trade secrets.