Vilia Dedinas is a seasoned litigator with 30 years of experience in complex civil litigation.
Her recent cases include a multi-million dollar dispute over a charitable bequest, a lawsuit and successful settlement for a minority director and shareholder in an independent Chicago-based fiber internet and digital TV and phone company, defending a nationwide beverage manufacturer in a multimillion dollar requirements contract dispute, winning summary judgment in federal court in Chicago for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Regas, Dallas & Frezados v. FDIC, and the successful resolution of a complex commercial foreclosure lawsuit on behalf of United Central Bank in United Central Bank v. Kanan Fashions, et al. and a related $30 million counterclaim against the bank. As part of the latter case, she discovered destruction of key evidence by the defendants which, after a week-long evidentiary hearing in federal court, resulted in a $344,000 sanction and a favorable factual presumption at trial in favor of her clients.
Vilia graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, where she was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She was the president of the Fordham Debate Society and won varsity letters in volleyball. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a semifinalist in the Hinton Moot Court competition, as well as the coach of the University of Chicago Debate Society.
Vilia is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California. She has worked at major Chicago law firms, including Jenner & Block, as well as highly regarded boutiques, and has litigated and arbitrated a wide variety of complex civil cases, including contract disputes, fraud, construction and design defect, intellectual property, and environmental litigation.
In addition to her successful business litigation practice, Vilia has extensive experience in representing guardians of disabled persons (or their estates), clients seeking to remove malfeasant guardians, as well as allegedly disabled individuals who wish to resist guardianship or seek restoration of capacity. Vilia also represents clients in disputed decedents' estates, and currently represents a beneficiary in a $18 million trust dispute brought by a long-lost foreign heir.