Attorney Adam J. Betzen has focused his legal career on litigation. He has experience with every aspect of litigation, from filing suit through trial judgment, and defending appeals. Mr. Betzen wants to win, and that drive keeps him focused on his clients’ best interests. But Mr. Betzen also knows that sometimes a settlement is the best outcome. Even when both sides are entrenched in a lawsuit, Mr. Betzen can take creative approaches to find common ground for settlement so his clients can put the financial and emotional stress of a lawsuit behind them.
When Mr. Betzen was trusted by a local technology company with pursuing a case of international corporate espionage, he secured a million dollar judgment, including more than $300,000 in punitive damages. Early in the case, Mr. Betzen secured the critical emails by subpoenaing gmail and hotmail. When Mr. Betzen tried the case, the Court noted, “[Defendant] repeatedly denied facts that were staring him in the face in various emails.”
Mr. Betzen is an alum of Loyola University Chicago, earning both his law degree and a B.S. in Physics from Loyola. He served as President of Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association, President of Leland Manor Condo Association and Coach for Loyola School of Law’s Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Team.
2009 to Present:
Sole Proprietor at BETZEN LAW OFFICE, LLC
Starting out from a home office in the basement, Mr. Betzen has secured seven-figure judgment and settled class action wage litigation. Beyond the focus on large scale litigation, Mr. Betzen has defended foreclosure matters and eviction cases to meet client needs. Mr. Betzen has the ability and tools needed to scale up or down to handle the demand of each matter, rather than applying a one-size fits all approach to clients’ needs. From that basement office to now working steps from the downtown courthouses, Mr. Betzen continues to focus on clients’ needs big and small.
2006 to 2009:
CHILDRESS DUFFY GOLDBLATT, LTD.
Mr. Betzen specialized in commercial litigation and employment litigation. Mr. Betzen represented mid-sized and small businesses in a wide variety of disputes, including contract disputes, fraud claims, trade secret disputes, real estate litigation and unfair competition. At Childress, Mr. Betzen first began representing employees in class and collective actions wage and hour disputes arising under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law. Mr. Betzen represented both employers and employees in discrimination disputes.
2004 to 2006:
COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, CHANCERY DIVISION
Mr. Betzen was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Quinn where he observed the different stages of litigation from “behind the bench.”
Loyola University Chicago, School of Law
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Certificate in Advocacy
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
55 W. Wacker Dr., Ninth Floor, Chicago, IL 60601