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Denny Esford

Resolving Disputes Since 2004

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Denny Esford is a commercial litigator, arbitrator and mediator. He handles breach of contract, business torts, trade secret and related disputes, as well as copyright and trademark infringement claims in both state and federal courts. 

Denny is a former engineer in the machine tool and automotive industries. He is a published author in the manufacturing field and former Technical Editor of Cutting Tool Engineering, an international trade journal.

Denny operates from two offices located in Chicago and Phoenix.

Recent Successes

  • May 2021. Affirmed on appeal successfully arguing a commercial investor had properly extinguished a lien by a Chicago condominium association for HOA fees incurred by a prior owner of the investor's condominium unit. Newport Condominium Assoc. v. Blackhall Corp. et. al., 2021 IL App (1st) 200847-U.

  • July 2020. Confidential settlement on behalf of a Chicago-based investor in a $600,000 breach of contract action brought by a national bank. JPMorgan Chase v Nazha, 19-cv-05088 (N.D. IL).

  • March 2020. Dismissal in favor of the client, a Canadian collectibles dealer, by successfully arguing lack of personal jurisdiction in a trademark infringement lawsuit. Mold-A-Rama v. Weiner, et. al., 18-cv-08261, (N.D. IL).


Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (2021)

  • Arizona (2020)

  • U.S. Supreme Court (2008)

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2004); Trial Bar (2012)

  • Illinois (2004)


  • Chicago Kent College of Law (2003), JD, IP Certificate

  • University of Dayton (1981), BT, Industrial Engineering Technology


Tel: 312.405.7725

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