Windy City Trial Group

 Founded in 2013

We provide litigation, arbitration and mediation services to the economic engine of our country--the small business owner. Our Chicago focus is defending businesses in Cook County State Court (Daley Center) and U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. We have handled cases in other U.S. cities on a case-by-case basis.

Our Attorneys

Denny Esford

Denny Esford practices commercial litigation primarily in state and federal court in Chicago. Denny handles breach of contract, business torts, trade secret and related disputes, as well as copyright and trademark infringement claims. He has also served as an arbitrator in the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration program since 2014.

Recent Successes

  • July 2020. Settlement favorable to the client, a Chicago-based investor, in a $600,000 breach of contract lawsuit brought by a national bank in federal court (Northern District of Illinois).

  • March 2020. Dismissal in favor of the client, a Canadian collectibles dealer, by successfully arguing lack of personal jurisdiction in a trademark infringement lawsuit brought in federal court (Northern District of Illinois).

  • October 2019. Settlement favorable to the client, a Chicago-area wholesale beauty supplies distributor, who was accused of patent and contributory trademark infringement in federal court (Northern District of Illinois).


Tel: 312.481.8490

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Meghan Stokes

Since March 2017 Meghan Stokes has counseled Windy City small business owners in legal areas critical to their success and uses her extensive transactional experience to compliment Windy City’s litigation practice.

Meghan's own law firm, Law Office of Meghan Stokes LLC focuses on real estate and estate planning. She helps families, individuals, and investors buy and sell properties and resolve landlord and tenant disputes. Meghan also counsels landlords on compliance issues arising from the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance.

Meghan's estate practice is focused on keeping families out of court and out of conflict, ensuring assets and family members are protected before a loved one passes away. 


Tel: 312.481.8490

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233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 6153

Chicago, IL 60606

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