Givonna St. Clair Long focuses her practice on complex business litigation, labor and employment litigation, commercial and consumer litigation, class action defense and regulatory investigations. She is dedicated to providing outstanding legal advice while considering the practical business and financial implications to her client’s company.
Givonna has represented a wide range of clients in disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of noncompetition, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements, securities fraud and consumer-related claims, including fraud and protection issues involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. She has also conducted internal investigations to identify potential claims for fraud and negligence. In addition, she has extensive experience representing clients before industry arbitration panels and regulatory authorities across the country.
Givonna has proven time and again that she is consistently able to devise the right approach and strategy when it comes to resolving even the most difficult or high-stakes disputes. She has succeeded on behalf of her clients even when the challenges of the dispute seemed insurmountable. Although Givonna is usually able to resolve matters for her clients before trial, she has successfully tried multiple matters, including reaching a favor settlement for a client several days into a jury trial.
Notably, Givonna received the prestigious Burton Award for 2017. Supported by the Library of Congress and Law360, the Burton Award is given to attorneys who have demonstrated great achievements in the law and legal writing. In addition to the Burton Award, Givonna is recommended in US Legal 500 for her work in the area of Product Liability, Mass Tort & Class Action: Consumer Products, 2017, and has also been named to “Chicago Women in Law: Making an Impact,” published by Chicago Lawyer Magazine, and is listed as an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Valued by clients and colleagues alike for her outstanding written and oral advocacy skills, Givonna is a frequently invited guest speaker and educator on the full array of dispute resolution topics.
The Banking Law Journal, editorial board, 2017
Represented broker-dealers in disputes before NYSE, NASD and FINRA arbitration panels and commercial clients in state and federal courts around the country.
Prosecuted and defended restraining orders based on employees’ covenants not to compete.
Represented receivers for failed banks in internal investigations to identify potential professional liability claims and in court proceedings involving those claims.
Successfully defeated the appeal of the denial of a temporary restraining order.
Represented financial institutions in claims based on the Uniform Commercial Code, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Successfully defended a CEO against allegations of securities and common law fraud, piercing the corporate veil and breach of contract in an action stemming from an agreement to purchase the controlling interest in a publicly held corporation.
Defeated a preliminary injunction motion seeking to enforce a restrictive covenant in a real estate contract.
Represented a national insurance brokerage company in an Illinois state court raiding and trade secret case.
Represented a Regional Transmission Organization in a federal court action against a group of participants based on alleged market manipulation and RICO violations.
Represented a broker-dealer in a series of related civil actions and FINRA actions arising from a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a registered representative.
Represented a Chief Compliance Officer in an investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission.
Successfully represented a self-directed IRA custodian against claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligence, and violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.
Recipient of the “Burton Award” for legal writing, 2017.
Recommended in US Legal 500 for her work in the area of Product Liability, Mass Tort & Class Action: Consumer Products, 2017.
Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2012–2016.
Selected as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2012 by the LGBT Bar Association.
Recognized in Chicago Lawyer’s annual Chicago Women in Law: Women Making an Impact.