Erin Bolan Hines

Counsel

Chicago
T +1 312.416.6215  |  F +1 312.416.6255
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.

Select Experience

  • Erin is a member of the team representing the FDIC in case alleging that the assignee of a bank parent company cannot claim $265 million in tax refunds generated by failed subsidiary banks. Read more about the case in the media links below:
  • Erin 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 to 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 mechanics lien statute. Erin 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 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.
  • Erin 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. Erin’s 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.
  • Erin represented a publicly traded company in a matter before the Federal Trade Commission in which the client’s employee healthcare provider requested using the client’s confidential and commercially sensitive business information regarding its negotiated healthcare provider contract as a trial exhibit. 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.
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Experience

  • Erin 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 to 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 mechanics lien statute. Erin 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 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.
    • Erin 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. Erin’s 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.
    • Erin represented a publically traded company in a matter before the Federal Trade Commission in which the client’s employee healthcare provider requested using the client’s confidential and commercially sensitive business information regarding its negotiated healthcare provider contract as a trial exhibit. 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 gender discrimination claim was filed by a former employee of a major commercial airline, Erin defended the airline against the claim. After Erin’s client produced documents under a partial waiver of the attorney-client privilege, it was demonstrated that the plaintiff’s termination was for non-discriminatory reasons.
    • Erin 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. Erin’s client filed a counterclaim for amounts owed to it from the project owner and manager. After discovery revealed the project architect was aware of the project’s defect before Erin’s client began its work, the parties entered into a global settlement. Erin’s client obtained payment for its work pursuant to its counterclaim, paying out a small amount to contribute to the settlement.

    Memberships

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

    Community

    • 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.

    Services

    Admissions

    • 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

    Education

    • 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