April 21, 2008
BRANDON APPAREL GROUP, ERIC P. ) Appeal from the
LEFKOFSKY and BRADLEY A. KEYWELL, ) Circuit Court of
) Cook County.
) No. 00 CH 16669
KIRKLAND AND ELLIS, ) The Honorable
)David R. Donnersberger,
Defendant-Appellee ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE GARCIA delivered the opinion of the court.
The plaintiffs, Brandon Apparel Group (Brandon), Bradley A.
Keywell, and Eric P. Lefkofsky, retained the defendant law firm
Kirkland & Ellis (Kirkland) to represent them in a dispute over
certain loans. After a default judgement was entered against
Brandon, Keywell, and Lefkofsky in that litigation, they filed
the instant legal malpractice action against Kirkland.
The trial court granted Kirkland's amended motion for
summary judgment, finding the plaintiffs had improperly assigned
their legal malpractice claim. The court denied Kirkland's
motion for partial summary judgment as to the plaintiffs'