Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1997
University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
Bachelor of Science, in Business Administration, cum laude, 1994
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Fraternity
While in law school he was the Editor of the 1997 Moot Court Board and Associate Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.
Kenneth J. Vanko
Mr. Vanko’s practice focuses on business transitions and competition litigation, particularly in the areas of restrictive covenants, trade secret misappropriation, employee raiding, fiduciary duty compliance, partnership dissolution and dissociation, deceptive trade practices, and shareholder direct and derivative actions relating to deadlock, oppression and freeze-outs.
Mr. Vanko counsels and advises employees, executives and business owners on issues pertaining to competitive business transitions in a wide range of industries. His focus is to address potential transition disputes early in the process to avoid and manage risk from an optimal position.
Mr. Vanko also coordinates and manages the firm’s chancery litigation practice and has extensive experience prosecuting and defending proceedings for injunctions and other equitable relief in state and federal courts. Finally, he drafts and negotiates contracts related to employment, professional services, licensing, distribution, and intellectual property protection.
Mr. Vanko joined Clingen Callow & McLean in 2001. His broad experience includes:
Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Mr. Vanko was an associate in the chancery litigation practice at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Vanko publishes a national blog dedicated to the law concerning restrictive covenants and other unfair competition claims, which can be found at www.non-competes.com. He also has authored articles on employment restrictive covenants in The DePaul University Business and Commercial Law Journal (Fall, 2002) and the Illinois Bar Journal (May, 2007).
I have been privileged to work with many great business clients and advise them on a challenging, difficult area of the Law. I believe in working collaboratively with our clients to understand fully the goals that are most important to them. Responsiveness, accurate advice and a thorough understanding of our clients’ issues – both from a business and legal perspective – are the hallmarks of my practice.