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Tina B. Solis



Tina Solis advises businesses on issues involving trade secrets, unfair competition and complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. She also counsels lawyers and law firms on professional responsibility issues. Tina regularly represents regulators in federal court litigation related to the failure of banks.

Tina is also leader of the firm’s Financial Institutions & Banking Disputes team, which represents institutions and individuals in a full range of civil litigation, enforcement matters, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, and compliance investigations on issues such as consumer protection, fair lending, anti-money laundering, and violations of fiduciary duties.

What do you focus on?

I have extensive experience across a wide array of complex and high profile business disputes such as contract actions, shareholder remedies, commercial fraud, unfair competition and mass torts. In addition, I bring to cases deep knowledge about e-discovery processes and issues.

Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets

I represent companies in the financial services markets in unfair competition matters, with a particular focus on misappropriation of trade secrets. I have litigated these disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country. I also counsel and defend employers on a wide range of other employment issues. During the course of my career, I have handled numerous cases in which emergency injunctive relief was requested.

Law Firm Professional Responsibility

I counsel lawyers and law firms in connection with fiduciary obligations, departure issues, partnership disputes and malpractice claims. I also regularly handle these matters through the use of alternative dispute resolution, since confidentially is of the utmost importance in these cases.

Professional Liability Investigations and Litigation

I routinely assist companies in the financial services market with professional liability, investigations and related litigation. In particular, I assist federal regulators as receivers of failed institutions in analyzing the roles that former bank officers, directors and their outside advisors may have played in bank failures. This involves conducting investigations, determining whether meritorious claims exist and assisting in all phases of litigation until those claims are resolved.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see a continuing increase in unfair competition and trade secret litigation due to rapid advances in technology. It is becoming increasingly important to proactively minimize risks to avoid litigation and act aggressively when litigation occurs. Effective planning before onboarding a new hire can help minimize this risk. I strategize with clients and update their employment agreements and other employment materials in the hopes of avoiding litigation. I’m also following increased competition among law firms that’s causing lateral movement. Counseling and planning is needed to avoid fiduciary issues and minimize any negative impact on clients.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the FDIC in numerous liability investigations and/or litigations arising out of the failure of a number of financial institutions nationwide.
  • First chair trial counsel representing executive in a FINRA arbitration defending against breach of fiduciary duty and restrictive covenants claims.
  • Prosecuted a legal malpractice claim on behalf of a client in which the fees awarded to the client covered its loss in the underlying action.
  • Successfully prosecuted on behalf of a client claims against directors and officers for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence resulting in a settlement in excess of $15,000,000.
  • Defeated a request for injunctive relief by client’s competitor seeking several million dollars of damages for alleged violation of restrictive covenants and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Successfully defended client in wage and hour class action litigation.
  • Successfully represented law partners in a wage and hour and breach of fiduciary duty dispute.
  • Represented client in the defense of a product liability class action matter.
  • Prosecuted a breach of fiduciary duty claim and legal malpractice claim on behalf of a Successor Trustee against the former Trustee of the Trust resulting in a judgment, including punitive damages of approximately $1,000,000.
  • Prosecuted a breach of contract claim for a large multi-media company where the arbitrator entered an award, including attorney’s fees, in excess of $1,000,000.
  • Defended law firm and its partners against allegations of malpractice.
  • Prosecuted a former employee for violation of his employment agreement, obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against the former employee and recouped virtually all of the former employer's fees and costs associated with bringing the action.
  • Defended an executive vice-president of a large mortgage brokerage company against breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty claims.
  • Defended three employees of a coffee company in a non-compete case where the Temporary Restraining Order was denied and the plaintiff dismissed its case three days later.
  • Obtained large settlement for minority shareholder for the fair market value of his shares plus additional damages in a shareholder oppression case.
  • Defended a general contractor against breach of contract and misrepresentation claims involving the installation of a multi-million dollar ERP system.
  • Defended a general contractor in a multi-million dollar construction dispute involving the installation of an overhead and floor conveyor system.

Presentations

  • Presenter, NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Virtual Fall Symposium, October 23, 2020, “The New ABA Opinion on the Process Surrounding Lateral Moves”
  • Moderator, NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Roundtable Discussion, April 12, 2018, “Ask the Firm Your Burning Questions.”
  • Presenter, National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors, 2017 NASCUS State System Summit, September 1, 2017, “Banks v. Credit Unions: Old Rivalry, New Developments.”
  • Presenter, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2017 Credit Union Examiners’ Conference, November 30, 2016, “Red Flags for Regulators.”
  • Presenter, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2016

Articles

  • “Practicing Law Remotely and Ethically,” NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2021. (Co-author)
  • “What Recruiters Need to Know about the California Consumer Protection Act of 2018,” NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Newsletter, Summer/Fall 2020. (Co-author)
  • “ABA Formal Opinion 489: A Significant Shift in the Power Paradigm for Departing Lawyers,” NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2020. (Co-author)

ACLU blasts Montana's delay on trans birth certificate order

The Advocate | May 23, 2022

This article highlights a claim by the ACLU of Montana and NP that the state of Montana is failing to comply with a recent court order blocking a state law that would restrict the ability of transgender people to change their gender designation on their birth certificates. The NP team involved in this matter includes Complex Dispute partners Seth Horvath and Tina Solis, partner Tom Hecht, and associate Christina Kurow, all of the Chicago office.

Montana state court blocks anti-trans birth certificate law

Washington Blade | April 21, 2022

The following article covers NP’s and the ACLU of Montana’s success in securing a preliminary injunction against a Montana state law restricting transgender people’s ability to change the sex designation on their birth certificates, including a quote from Chicago Complex Disputes partner Seth Horvath on the positive impacts of the ruling. The NP team also includes Chicago Complex Disputes partner Tina Solis, partner Tom Hecht, and associate Christina Kurow.

Injunction granted in case challenging birth certificate law

NBC Montana | April 21, 2022

The following article covers NP’s and the ACLU of Montana’s success in securing a preliminary injunction against a Montana state law restricting transgender people’s ability to change the sex designation on their birth certificates, including a quote from Chicago Complex Disputes partner Seth Horvath on the positive impacts of the ruling. The NP team also includes Chicago Complex Disputes partner Tina Solis, partner Tom Hecht, and associate Christina Kurow.

Iowa Medicaid program must cover gender-affirming care, judge rules

The Advocate | November 24, 2021

This article on a recent district court ruling in Iowa requiring the state to provide Medicaid coverage for gender-affirmation surgeries to two transgender individuals mentions the firm for the work by Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath, Tina Solis and Tom Hecht as pro bono counsel. The court found that denial of coverage violates both the Iowa Civil Rights Act and the equal protection guarantee of the state’s constitution.

ACLU sues Montana over transgender ID law requiring proof of surgery

NBC News | July 16, 2021

This article covers a lawsuit filed by the ACLU challenging Montana’s Senate Bill 280—a new law requiring transgender individuals to prove they have undergone gender affirming surgery in order to change the gender marker on their identifying documents. The story mentions the firm for the pro bono work by Chicago partners Seth Horvath, Tina Solis and Tom Hecht, of the Complex Commercial Disputes group, who are representing the plaintiffs together with national ACLU and the ACLU of Montana.

Iowa sued over denial of Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment

Courthouse News Service | April 22, 2021

This story, focusing on ACLU-Iowa’s lawsuit to strike down as unconstitutional the state’s practice of denying Medicaid coverage for medically necessary gender-affirming surgery to transgender Iowans, mentions Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath, Tina Solis, and Tom Hecht for serving as pro bono counsel.

Ready for a fight: Trio of Nixon Peabody attorneys honored by ACLU of Iowa for work representing transgender clients

Chicago Lawyer | November 20, 2019

This story profiles Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath, Tom Hecht and Tina Solis, who received an honor from the ACLU of Iowa for their years-long representation of two transgender clients who were denied Medicaid coverage for their gender-affirming surgeries.

Slideshow: Pro bono brought Big Law out in force

The American Lawyer | June 26, 2019

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this roundup of notable pro bono cases. The article highlights the victory that Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Tom Hecht, Seth Horvath, and Tina Solis, with assistance from associate Bill Kirby and eDiscovery specialist Anders van Marter, won in Iowa Supreme Court in a matter involving Medicaid coverage of gender-affirming surgery for transgender individuals.

Contact

Tina B. Solis

Partner
Leader, Financial Institutions & Banking Disputes Team

Chicago

Phone: 312-977-4482


Fax: 844-564-7926

University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., high honors

University of Iowa, B.A., high honors

Illinois

U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008 - 2011
  • Continental Who’s Who
  • Member, Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Committee
  • Associate Board Member, Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS)
  • Associate Board Member, P.A.W.S.
  • Board Member, Alumni Engagement & Development Committee, Iowa Law School Foundation
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
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