Bennett W. Lasko offers nearly thirty years of experience representing a wide variety of clients in commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, appeals, investigations, land use and zoning, and risk counseling. His work typically focuses on financial and accounting issues, corporate governance, partnership and business venture disputes, business break-ups, and business contracts.
Bennett has litigated cases in dozens of federal and state courts across the country, including appeals in the Illinois Appellate Court, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Second, Third and Seventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. He represents clients ranging from international accounting firms and Fortune 100 companies to small investment managers, closely-held businesses and local real estate developers.
Since 2013, Bennett has been peer-selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Civil Appellate Law. In 2016, he was selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Prior to forming Lasko Legal Services, Bennett Lasko practiced law in government and two major national law firms. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, Bennett cut his teeth representing the City of Chicago in commercial and policy litigation. Some of his notable government matters included defense of the City’s minority contracting set-aside laws, First Amendment regulation of print media distribution, and zoning issues.
Bennett left government to join one of Chicago’s pre-eminent litigation practices at Mayer Brown LLP, where he became an equity partner in 1997. At Mayer Brown, Bennett continued to work at both the trial and appellate levels, concentrating his practice on federal securities litigation, Delaware corporate law, and accountants’ malpractice defense. Among other things, Bennett worked with industry-leading corporate lawyers on contested mergers and acquisitions. His work for accounting firms included defending Ernst & Young LLP in multiple litigations arising out of the largest accounting fraud in U.S. history prior to Enron.
In 2007, Bennett joined the newly formed Chicago office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP following its merger with Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP. At Drinker Biddle, Bennett continued his practice in accountants’ defense, merger and acquisition disputes, fiduciary duty cases, and general commercial litigation. Among other things, he also represented and advised investment managers in SEC compliance, self-reporting, fiduciary duty issues, and as victims of investment frauds, including the well-known Petters and Madoff “Ponzi” frauds. Bennett also worked extensively with the wind energy industry on project siting, zoning and land use issues, as well as related litigation.
Bennett’s experience in complex financial matters includes the first federal appellate case interpreting newly-issued SEC rules on the application of the short-swing profits rule (Rule 16(b)) to stock options and other derivative securities. (Magma Power Co. v. The Dow Chemical Co., 136 F.3d 316 (2d Cir. 1998)). He has worked with nationally prominent economists to analyze causation issues and model damages in fraud-on-the-market cases, and litigated issues involving public and private offerings, bank lending and loan syndications, tax increment finance bonds, project finance, asset-backed securitizations and other structured finance, lost profits, business valuations and real estate appraisals.
Bennett also draws on his undergraduate background in hard sciences to represent and advise clients in disputes involving underlying scientific and technical issues. In the 1990s, Bennett worked extensively with leading experts in toxicology and other medical specialties in connection with the silicone implant products liability litigation. In the wind energy industry, Bennett has worked with acoustic engineers on sound modelling and measurement to demonstrate compliance with noise regulations. Other examples include petrochemical refining, polymer chemistry, computer forensics, and the design and manufacture of integrated circuits.
Bennett brings a solutions orientation to every legal problem, and excels at helping clients solve problems in which legal and business issues are intertwined. If you have a problem that needs solving, please contact Lasko Legal Services to talk about it.