Representative Matters

Hinshaw's Alarm & Security Services Industry Group provides clients full-service legal representation, including:

  • Drafting and interpreting contracts and dealer agreements among companies and their clients
  • Defending in litigation involving property damage and personal injury due to water, fire, criminal acts and other catastrophes
  • Handling licensing requirements
  • Ensuring compliance with regulations
  • Handling merger and acquisition work
  • Advising on insurance issues unique to the alarm and security industries
  • Defending claims involving product liability issues
  • Handling intellectual property issues, including trademarks and copyrights
  • Representing armored truck and other secured transportation entities
  • Assisting with Homeland Security Issues

Our firm is unique in that we have a national practice spanning 11 states and a dedicated team equipped to handle the industry's myriad legal needs. As a result of our firm's national footprint, we provide alarm and security services companies that have national and regional interest with a valuable consistency in approach throughout the United States. Current clients of our firm represent numerous leading companies in the industry, including Tyco International, Brink's Home Security, Alarm Detection Systems, Per Mar Security Services and ADT Security, to name a few.

We have been called upon to represent clients based in one jurisdiction, who are facing litigation in another. For instance, currently a team of lawyers from our Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale and San Francisco offices is representing an Illinois alarm company that operates a monitoring center in Florida. The alarm company is a defendant in a California suit involving a catastrophic fire that claimed the lives of four individuals near San Francisco. The fire has been the subject of consistent media and industry attention.

We also provide our clients with an Assessment Task Force that is capable of responding to the scene of a catastrophic fire, if necessary, or perform a liability analysis through remote means. Oftentimes, the immediate involvement of counsel ensures that valuable evidence is not lost and the client's interests are protected during the disorder that accompanies large-loss catastrophes.

In addition to Hinshaw's experience representing the industry in high-profile litigation, we handle a host of other legal matters for alarm and security services companies, including contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment law, employee benefits, regulatory compliance, real estate and taxation, and banking and financing.

As demonstration of our prominence in the industry, Hinshaw attorneys who practice in this area have been invited to present at various national conferences, such as the ESX National Conference, Security Network of America, as well as the Defense Research Institute.

Our attorneys know that alarm and security companies have unique legal needs and that they need counsel who work together and understand the "big picture" concerning the industry as a whole and how a decision in one area of law may impact others. Hinshaw's team can offer this legal advice and deep understanding of the industry.

In just the past few years, our Alarm & Security Services Industry Group members have handled several significant, notable cases, including Deere v. Peterson Properties. In this case, a Davenport, Iowa, warehouse nearly one million square feet in size burned down in a fire. The fire was identified as being the second largest property loss in the world in the year 2001, followed only by the losses sustained during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. An initial estimate claimed that $220 million of John Deere agricultural equipment was destroyed in the fire. The loss devastated Deere’s profits during fiscal year 2001, as many of the items, if not all, destroyed in the fire were the bulk of Deere’s European stock. Through aggressive discovery and motion practice, our team was able to garner an extremely favorable result for the client, while the remaining similarly situated defendant sustained a record-breaking verdict of approximately $40 million.

Our lawyers were also involved in the catastrophic Cook County Administration Building fire in Chicago. Numerous individuals lost their lives when stairwell systems locked and prevented escape for many inside. That fire initiated a national review in evacuation and firefighting procedures in large, skyscraper buildings.

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