Erin Bolan Hines


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Erin Bolan Hines concentrates on complex business litigation. She also provides counsel to clients on employment-related matters. Erin focuses on the long-term goals of her clients and brings a practical approach to her work with private and public entities and individuals.

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  • Represented a Chicago private equity firm seeking to enforce payment under a $35 million stock sale transaction. After filing claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty, the debtor and its guarantor sought an agreement with the client under which the debtor could maintain its ownership interest in the stock notes. The parties then entered into a confidential settlement agreement, which was creatively structured for the client to obtain payment despite the financial challenges involved. 
  • A steel fabricator was brought before the West Virginia Supreme Court in a question certified by the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia regarding persons covered under the state's mechanic's lien statute. Represented the steel fabricator and convinced the West Virginia Supreme Court to construe the statute under the modern trend that determines subcontractor status based on manufacturing materials to project specifications which are substantial to a project as opposed to the performance of work while present on the project site. The court adopted the modern trend and construed the statute in the client's favor.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of an Internet information-monitoring company against a former employee who allegedly used cloud storage technology to steal the client's proprietary information. The client asserted claims for breach of contract, violation of the Illinois Trade Secrets Act and breach of fiduciary duty. In obtaining the TRO, the client attested to video surveillance of the defendant sending emails from a remote location at the exact time emails from that location were sent that threatened to disseminate the client's customer list. The court then ordered a forensic exam of the defendant's electronic devices and accounts. Shortly after negotiating a protocol for the forensic exam, the parties settled the matter.
  • Represented a publicly traded company in a matter before the Federal Trade Commission in which the client's employee healthcare provider requested use as a trial exhibit of the client's confidential and commercially sensitive business information regarding its negotiated healthcare provider contract. The client filed a motion for in camera treatment of its confidential information, and its healthcare provider subsequently declined to go forward with the business acquisition that the FTC alleged was anti-competitive. The matter was jointly dismissed.
  • When a former employee of a major commercial airline filed a gender discrimination claim, defended the airline against the claim. After the client produced documents under a partial waiver of the attorney-client privilege, it was demonstrated that the plaintiff's termination was for nondiscriminatory reasons.
  • Defended a construction company against breach of contract and breach of indemnity claims in an action brought by a public owner and manager of a Major League Baseball stadium seeking damages for the stadium's construction delays. The client filed a counterclaim for amounts the project owner and manager owed it. After discovery revealed the project architect was aware of the project's defect before the client began its work, the parties entered into a global settlement. The client obtained payment for its work pursuant to its counterclaim, paying out a small amount to contribute to the settlement.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law: Board of Directors


  • Game On! Sports Foundation: Board of Directors

Pro Bono

  • Erin has represented clients seeking asylum status under the Violence Against Women Act and has obtained legal status for several women who were faced with deportation, which would have put their children in the custody of their abusers.


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1998
  • Illinois


  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1998; Articles Editor, Loyola Consumer Law Review
  • B.A., English and Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991


In The Blogs

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Data Privacy Monitor
California Facebook Decision At Odds With Illinois Courts
By Erin Bolan Hines
March 6, 2018
On February 26, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied Facebook, Inc.’s motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ consolidated class action complaint for failure to allege a concrete injury in fact...