Mark Ludolph

Practice Groups:

Construction

Toxic Torts & Asbestos

Business and Commercial Litigation

Accountant and Realtor Malpractice

Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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News

Ludolph Named Vice-Chair of DRI Commercial Litigation Online Community - 09/06/2016

Ludolph Article Provides Bankruptcy Preference Advice to Businesses - 02/02/2016

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Illinois College of Law, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts-Speech Communication (summa cum laude), Eastern Illinois University, 1993 

Year Joined Firm

1997

 

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Mark is the Chair of the firm's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Practice and Co-chair of the Business and Commercial Litigation Practice. He focuses his practice in commercial litigation. Mark represents commercial lenders, financial institutions and other creditors in enforcing secured and unsecured claims in the state and federal courts. He represents creditors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcies in the Bankruptcy Courts of Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and the Southern District of Iowa. He represents construction clients and property owners in mechanics lien disputes. He also represents creditors in foreclosure actions and he has extensive experience litigating contract claims.

Mark also has an active asbestos and toxic tort practice. He represents product, equipment and premises defendants in asbestos litigation throughout Illinois. He has responsibility for all areas of case development and trial preparation. He develops expert witness testimony and regularly deposes plaintiffs and other fact witnesses, as well as opposing experts. He also has extensive experience in dispositive motion practice.

Mark also practices in the areas of professional responsibility (primarily for physicians and hospitals), probate (will contests and other estate and trust actions), and casualty matters.

Mark has represented a large cross-section of clients in litigation throughout the federal, bankruptcy and state courts of Illinois. His practice reflects the varied needs of the firm's clients, which have included financial institutions, commercial lenders, property owners, professionals, not-for-profit corporations, businesses (including Fortune 500 corporations), and individuals.

Significant Cases

  • Fritz v. Weather Shield Manufacturing, Inc. Plaintiffs sued our defendant for breach of contract and breach of warranty regarding windows used in the construction of plaintiffs' home. Plaintiffs sought both replacement costs and compensatory damages of $60,000. Our defendant's motion to dismiss the breach of contract claim and claim for compensatory damages based on the limitations of the expressed warranty was granted. At trial, verdict was entered in favor of our defendant on the breach of warranty claim.
  • In Re Estate of Helen Blair Plaintiff sought to have annuity proceeds included in probate estate.  Defense verdict.

Publications

  • “The Business Suit,” DRI’s Commercial Litigation Committee newsletter (2016) - Download Article
  • "Seven Things Business Owners Need to Know About Bankruptcy Preferences," Interbusiness Issues (2016) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act”
    IICLE Mortgage Foreclosure – The Meltdown Continues, 2010
  • “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act”
    Peoria County Bar Association Veterans Affairs Seminar, 2008
  • “Landowner Liability and Risk Management”
    University of Illinois Extension Free Hunting Workshop, 2006-2008
  • “He has also spoken to local businesses on issues related to mechanics liens, compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, creditors rights and employment issues.”

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute (Online Community Vice-Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Bar Association for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • Bankruptcy Association of Southern Illinois
  • The Missouri Bar Association 

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois and Missouri
  • United States District Court, Central, Southern and Northern Districts of Illinois
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central, Southern and Northern Districts of Illinois 

Community Involvement

  • Downtown Rotary Club of Peoria
  • Heart of Illinois United Way Pillars Society
  • Peoria Notre Dame JFL Board of Directors
  • Northbrook Homeowners Association Board of Directors