The Firm

We provide legal services that make sense. Concentration in our practice areas provides our clients the comfortable assurance that they will have the legal help and understanding to solve their problems.
We strive for superior client service. We pride ourselves on the servicing the special needs of our clients and are usually available 24/7 for the response to criminal matters that sometimes require immediate assistance.
We offer innovative, creative and cost-efficient solutions. We put our clients’ needs first. We have a personalized service philosophy that is designed to minimize exposure, resolve civil and criminal conflicts and avoid them if possible.

WHAT WE DO

White-Collar Criminal Defense
We have significant experience in investigating and defending white-collar criminal allegations and have successfully defended matters involving health-care fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, commodities fraud, mortgage fraud and criminal antitrust cases, wire fraud and mail fraud. We have also defended money laundering and counterfeiting allegations.
Sale/Possession/Delivery of
Controlled Illegal Substances

We have defended many cases involved with various different illegal substances in State and Federal jurisdictions all over the United States. These cases have ranged in amounts from insignificant to substantial. The nature of the substances has ranged from sythetic marijuana to cocaine. These cases usually involve a Federal court and unlike a number of other litigation firms, we are very confident in that system and have had enjoyed a high level of success in those courts, both through trials and/or negotiation.

Commercial/Civil Litigation

We have significant experience and a successful track record in federal, state and administrative courts. We represent clients in all manners of commercial disputes, appearing in state and federal courts throughout the country. Our philosophy for litigation is to try and move each matter quickly for trial while recognizing the anxiety that our clientsu2019 experience as a result of the process. Our cases usually move quicker with the purpose of promoting a speedy trial at a lower cost and force the opposition to a settlement decision or go to trial. The spectrum of our litigated cases includes most types of controversies arising from commercial disputes. We also do administrative matters, arbitrations and mediations and represent clients in administrative proceedings and disciplinary hearings before federal and state regulatory agencies. We have brought cases to the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Claims, the United States Tax Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and in numerous state and federal district and appellate courts throughout the country.

Federal & Local Tax Matters

We have a wealth of experience in many tax areas. They range from complicated Sales Tax issues with contested sales to intricate Federal Tax issues that need significant planning. We have also been very successful for our clients with results from many different taxing authorities audits, which in some cases involved negotiated settlements or litigation. We work with and have access to forensic and top accounting resources.

Americans With Disabilities

We represent and defend companies and individuals from Americans With Disabilities claims. We work with businesses, big and small, to defend claims of violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Through our own investigation, we identify potential ADA compliance issues and ways to resolve them. We attack ADA claims from multiple angles to render such claims moot early in the Court process. Was there an actual ADA violation? Was the plaintiff a bonafide patron? Are there reasonable accommodations in place? These are some of the questions that we will answer in resolving your case. We are able to bring sanity to which otherwise has become attorney welfare through fee shifting.

Commercial Corporate &
General Business Law

We represent clients in all aspects of any business transactions including general corporate matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial finance, start-ups and venture capital projects. We provide support to a wide range of clients in order to assist them in launching new businesses or implementing existing business plans. We help manage the details including negotiating and documenting general contracts, financing agreements, employee contracts and consulting agreements. We organize new corporations and limited liability entities, including their capitalization, share subscriptions, shareholder agreements, employment agreements and other services including the negotiation of joint ventures. We also represent clients that buy, sell or restructure businesses that acquire assets and raise money for new investments. We guide our clients through complex transactions including mezzanine financing, asset-based lending and sales and leasebacks. In this regard, we also prepare private placement memorandums and the preliminary u201cteasersu201d that assist our clients in syndicating funds for their acquisitions. In addition, we maintain the basic corporate information, advise companies on the ever-changing legal developments at the local, state and federal levels and provide sound and timely business counsel. We represent clients in all aspects of any business transactions including general corporate matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial finance, start-ups and venture capital projects. We provide support to a wide range of clients in order to assist them in launching new businesses or implementing existing business plans. We help manage the details including negotiating and documenting general contracts, financing agreements, employee contracts and consulting agreements. We organize new corporations and limited liability entities, including their capitalization, share subscriptions, shareholder agreements, employment agreements and other services including the negotiation of joint ventures. We also represent clients that buy, sell or restructure businesses that acquire assets and raise money for new investments. We guide our clients through complex transactions including mezzanine financing, asset-based lending and sales and leasebacks. In this regard, we also prepare private placement memorandums and the preliminary u201cteasersu201d that assist our clients in syndicating funds for their acquisitions. In addition, we maintain the basic corporate information, advise companies on the ever-changing legal developments at the local, state and federal levels and provide sound and timely business counsel.

Consigliore Services for Family
and Businesses

We have an unusual facet in our practice. Because we have the backgrounds and the experience, we have the ability to understand how all the financial and economic pieces fit in an all-inclusive family plan. We understand the familyu2019s strategies, investments, long term goals and their succession plans. This global view of their situation enables us to anticipate the familyu2019s needs and provide solid global solutions.

Asset & Wealth Protection

By using plans and business planning techniques refined over years of practice, we design comprehensive asset and wealth protection strategies for clients. These include the review of liability insurance, examining existing trusts and the creation of new trusts, reviewing business entity structuring, estate planning and investment strategies which are some of the disciplines that we use to provide our clients with the feeling of security from knowing that their personal and business assets are well-protected.

Real Estate

We represent developers, investors, borrowers and brokers when acquiring, structuring, financing, refinancing, leasing and developing commercial real estate including hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, mixed-use facilities, condominiums, multifamily housing projects, retail strip centers and health-care facilities. We also handle commercial and residential real estate purchase, sale and lease transactions, zoning and condemnation matters including short sales and acquisitions through foreclosure. While representing both landlords and tenants, we handle all types of leases u2013 from ground leases to apartment leases. In addition, we help developers buy and convert buildings to condominiums. We also provide assistance to clients undertaking structured deals and syndications or setting up 1031 (like-kind) exchanges where property is exchanged in a tax-free basis.

Employment & Labor Matters

We work with employers on a full spectrum of employment and labor matters, which include negotiating and preparing employment agreements, the drafting of employee handbooks and manuals, consulting on personnel policies, independent contractor arrangements, severance packages and the protection of proprietary information. We counsel and educate our clients on u201cat-willu201d employment issues, new employment laws, required documentation and record keeping policies. We also explain the necessary procedures to utilize in employee counseling and termination, maintain employee diversity policies, sexual harassment training and other employment-related issues. If litigation or alternative dispute resolution become necessary, we will defend our clients from employment and other discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wages and hourly disputes, wrongful termination disputes and other employment and labor-related lawsuits before local, state and federal agencies or defend them in court, if necessary.

Estate Planning

We provide estate-planning services to our clients. We prepare wills, charitable and living trusts, insurance trusts and family limited partnerships, as well as other documents. Our methodologies minimize estate, inheritance, generation-skipping, gifts and income taxes while ensuring that our clientsu2019 wishes are carried out in the disposition of his or her assets.

Immigration

We have been very successful in solving many clientsu2019 needs for proper status. We keep up with the changing Immigration laws. The passage and enactment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy has broadened the possibilities for illegal immigrant youth securing citizenship. Our clients receive the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding immigration policy and regulations.

RESULTS

FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE DEFENSE

Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC recently represented a client who admitted in a proffer to Internal Revenue Agents that he had under reported his income on his tax returns. Not only did we successfully avoid a criminal prosecution, we settled his tax liability for a fraction of his potential liability. We also had the Internal Revenue Service waive the 70% penalty and agree to a 72 month installment payment plan to pay it off.

TAX PLANNING

Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC had a client that because of his bad credit history, was barred by a new lender that was going to refinance the property from continuing to participate as a partner in an existing real estate partnership. Withdrawing from the partnership would have caused him an enormous tax for which he did not have the resources to pay. The client was told by his previous attorney that his only alternative was to file a personal bankruptcy before he withdrew from the partnership, and thereby avoid the tax liability. We restructured the partnership and used a little known section of the tax law which allowed him to be only treated as a partner for tax purposes, and thereby avoid a personal bankruptcy.

FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE-DRUG CASE

Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC had a client that was charged with a Federal Drug brokering violation. Even though our client was shown on a videotape as being present during the transaction, we were successful in securing a “not guilty” verdict from a jury by using an entrapment defense.

BUSINESS TRANSACTION STRUCTURING

Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC had a client that had recently purchased in a golf course. The client had the immediate opportunity to contingently sell a portion of the property for a significant profit. We structured the transaction in a way that when the sale is consummated it will be a long term capital gain instead of a more costly short term capital gain.

SALE/POSSESSION/DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE

Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC had a client that was charged with the sale of synthetic marijuana. We successfully negotiated a dismissal of the case when we established that the substance was not known to be illegal at the time of sale.

WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC had a client that was charged with numerous counts of mail fraud and bank fraud, when involved in kiting of over $32,000,000 in checks. He was also threatened with being charged with fraud upon the Federal Government and Federal banks through the illegal redemption of $500,000 of U.S. Treasury Bonds. We successfully negotiated his sentence down to less than three (3) years (actual time) from the sentencing guidelines that would have produced a sentence of over ten (10) years.

MEET OUR TEAM

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Glenn Seiden

Managing Member
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Theodore P. Netzky

Managing Member
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Brooke L. Stevens

Associate
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Tyler J. Geppert

Associate
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Aaron Schwartz

Associate
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Mark Cisek

Of-Counsel
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Joane Acosta

Office Manager
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Maritza Galaviz

Paralegal

CONTACT US

Glenn Seiden

Managing Member

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061
Email: gseiden@snlgllc.com

Qualifications:
Mr. Seiden has a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School and a B.S. and B.A. from Roosevelt University.

About me:

Mr. Seiden concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal and commercial litigation. He has been extensively involved in the litigation practice for over 40 years at both the state and federal Courts plus administrative hearings for numerous different matters. Mr. Seiden possesses extensive trial experience and has litigated cases from coast to coast, appeared in over 30 separate state and federal jurisdictions with cases that range from simple possession of illegal substances to complicated business disputes. These diverse matters included real estate and significant business disputes. One of which involved the litigation of leases for satellite transponders and the launch and orbit thereof. Over the years, he had an inordinate amount of practical experience and developed a reputation for trying difficult cases around the country. It is not unusual for other attorneys to bring him in as a litigation counsel.
Mr. Seiden was honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer for many years and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. He has been a guest lecturer at Loyola University Chicago on litigation. He is admitted to practice in six Federal Appellate Districts and has appeared Pro Hac Vice in numerous State and Federal Courts. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court and is very well known in the numerous Court systems.
Mr. Seiden began his private practice of law upon the first day of being licensed in the State of Illinois and has been solving client problems ever since. He has experience in transactional, business, contracts and real estate disputes. He began his work career in a family business and the learned expectations of business clients plus the emotional turmoil that litigation creates.


A sampling of our representations in litigation includes:

  • The successful defense of a $30 million anti-trust case in Marin County, California;
  • The successful defense of a lease for satellite transponders in New York Federal District Court in a case involving Nationwide Insurance, Heart, ABC, Cap. Cities Cable, Viacom and LifeTime TV, which was eventually settled after appeal;
  • The successful prosecution as the Plaintiff’s attorney in cases from coast to coast to enforce the validity of their large equipment leases;
  • The successful defense of many Federal white collar criminal cases; and
  • Appearance in Courts throughout the country to represent parties in a large variety of cases.

Theodore P. Netzky

Managing Member

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061
Email: tnetzky@snlgllc.com

Qualifications:
Mr. Netzky has both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degrees from DePaul University. He also is a Certified Public Accountant, and held a NSAD License when he was a major principal in a Wall Street Investment Advisor.

About Me:
During all of Mr. Netzky’s 45 years as a professional, he advised clients and negotiated transactions on their behalf’s. He has completed transactions involving over $2 billion and has raised close to $200,000,000 of equity for those transactions. He is admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a corporate strategist, consultant and past board member of a number of companies in diversified industries.

Mr. Netzky has been on the boards of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The Council of National Trustees of the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, The Jewish United Fund, Real Estate Section in Chicago and previously served as a National Trustee of the Israeli Tennis Centers, a public charity. For many years he ran The Galter Foundation, a large private foundation. Mr. Netzky is currently a Regent of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

Brooke L. Stevens

Associate

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061
Email: bstevens@snlgllc.com

Brooke L. Stevens, Associate, received her bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law and has been in litigation practice for her entire career as an attorney. She is admitted to practice before the bar of the State of Illinois, the Federal United States District Court for the Northern District  of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ms. Lewis concentrates her practice on commercial civil litigation, criminal defense work, and appellate practice.

Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

  • BA, 2002, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • JD, 2007, Northwestern University School of Law

Tyler J. Geppert

Associate

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061
Email: tgeppert@snlgllc.com

Tyler J. Geppert, Associate, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Pre-Law studies from the University of Iowa and also received minors in History and Spanish. While at university, Mr. Geppert spent time studying at the University of Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain. He received his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois where his studies focused on trial advocacy. He is admitted to practice before the bar of the State of Illinois. Mr. Geppert concentrates his practice on both criminal defense and commercial civil litigation.

Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Education

  • B.A, 2012, University of Iowa
  • J.D, 2016, The John Marshall Law School

Aaron Schwartz

Associate

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061
Email: aschwartz@snlgllc.com

Aaron Schwartz, Associate Attorney, received his Bachelor of Business Administration from DePaul University, Illinois and received his juris doctor from The John Marshall Law School from Chicago, Illinois.  He is admitted to practice before the bar of the State of Illinois.  Mr. Schwartz is a former professional hockey player, an internationally recognized player agent, and is currently a litigation attorney working with complex white-collar criminal and civil matters.  Mr. Schwartz concentrates his practice for the firm on a myriad of regulatory enforcement proceedings, white-collar investigations, collective bargaining, antitrust/competition matters, and complex commercial litigation along with a number of professional hockey players in contract negotiations.

Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Education

  • J.D., 2018, The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude
  • B.S., 2009, Business Administration, DePaul University

Mark Cisek

Of-Counsel

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061

Mark Cisek, Of Counsel, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his juris doctorfrom University of Illinois College of Law, and has been in litigation practice for his entire career as an attorney. He is admitted to practice before the bar of the State of Illinois, the Federal United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Federal United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Cisek concentrates his practice for the firm on commercial civil litigation, criminal defense matters, and appellate practice.

Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Education

  • BA, 1994, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • JD, 1997,University of Illinois College of Law

Joane Acosta

Office Manager

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061
Email: jacosta@snlgllc.com

Joane Acosta is responsible for managing the administrative operations of Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC. She evaluates and manages the firm’s information systems operation, oversees finance functions, and provides necessary communications with the clients. As an Office Manager, she ensures the office is running smoothly by assisting the Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC lawyers for hearings, trials, meetings, legal correspondence letters, pleadings, and motions.

Maritza Galaviz

Paralegal

Phone: (312) 236-3060
Fax: (312) 236-3061
Email: mgalaviz@snlgllc.com

Maritza Galaviz as the Paralegal at Seiden Netzky Law Group, LLC, she assists the attorneys in preparing cases by researching and analyzing materials and literatures, such as statutes, case decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents that have established precedence, in order to determine strategies and to prepare a legal defense. As part of the legal team, she also assists the attorneys by preparing and attending court trials, briefings, hearings and other legal procedures.