Partner, Siprut PC

AV Preeminent Rating
“Top 40 Under 40” Illinois Lawyers

J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law (with honors)


Todd McLawhorn is a partner at Siprut PC. He has over twenty years of commercial litigation trial experience, most of that with three of the country's largest law firms.  He has tried cases and appeared before courts in a variety of jurisdictions, literally spanning the country from coast to coast.  Mr. McLawhorn has significant experience with complex business litigation, including matters involving contracts, consumer fraud allegations, shareholder disputes and valuations, commercial real estate, trade secret issues, deceptive trade practices claims, antitrust issues, and merger and acquisition issues.  He has represented assorted clients in a wide array of industries, including those in the financial services, banking, health care, computer hardware and software, membership services, manufacturing and professional sports fields.  In addition, Mr. McLawhorn has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to class action litigation, particularly with respect to antitrust and consumer fraud claims.

Mr. McLawhorn recently received an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating, in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Program.  The published comments include the following:

"Todd takes a very strategic, efficient, practical approach to complex cases and situations.  He is very responsive with information and updates.  I would refer cases and clients to Todd without reservation."

"Todd is a very careful, creative litigator who is equally good in the courtroom and on the briefs.  He is efficient but thorough."

"I have worked with Todd and find him personable and very competent.  He is highly recommended for all types of commercial litigation."

Mr. McLawhorn was previously recognized by The Chicago Law Bulletin and The Chicago Lawyer as one of the Top 40 lawyers under 40 in Illinois. He has contributed to several publications, most recently as a Contributor to the World Banks Group Doing Business 2015, and to various bar association publications. He has also provided significant pro bono representation, including assisting individuals who flee their home countries and seek political asylum in the United States, and helping individuals involved in the Illinois Chancery Court's Foreclosure Mediation Program, in an effort to help homeowners who are in foreclosure retain their homes.

In addition to being admitted to practice in New York and Illinois, Mr. McLawhorn is also admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Federal Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar), Southern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Michigan, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Western District of Wisconsin. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, and is part of the Antitrust, Business Law, and Litigation Sections.  As part of the Litigation Section, he is also a member of the Class Action and Derivatives Suit Committee, the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, and the Intellectual Property Committee. Closer to home, Mr. McLawhorn is a longtime member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.  In connection with the Chicago Bar Association, he is a member of the Antitrust, Class Action, and Consumer Law Committees.

Mr. McLawhorn received his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At the University of North Carolina, he was on both Law Review and the Holderness Moot Court Bench. Prior to attending law school, Mr. McLawhorn graduated from East Carolina University, magna cum laude, in three years with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. 

In 2011 Mr. McLawhorn was elected to the District 101 Board of Education, and serves on the Building, Finance, and Legislative Committees.  He is a former President and Board Member of the Village Club of Western Springs, a social and service organization.  He is also actively involved in coaching and supporting his children's sports teams, and has served on various boards in connection with those activities.