Founder, Darren VanPuymbrouck
Mr. VanPuymbrouck was recently retained by the owner of a food processing factory that suffered a catastrophic explosion involving industrial equipment, which involved complex business interruption and lost profits damages and complex product liability issues involving Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical, and Chemical engineering issues.Before retaining Mr. VanPuymbrouck, the client approached the equipment provider in the hope that a mutual investigation of the incident could lead to a resolution.The equipment provider, however, had different ideas and immediately began to blame the food processing factory for the failure of its equipment.Thus, the equipment manufacturer refused to provide any compensation to the food processing factory, telling them to “go pound sand.”Mr. VanPuymbrouck was retained, and he immediately assembled world-class experts to assist in the evaluation of the incident, including all of the physical evidence.Over the course of 18 months, Mr. VanPuymbrouck systematically took the equipment manufacturer apart, if you will, by taking deposition after deposition of its key personnel and extracting telling admissions about defects in the equipment that led to the explosion.Punctuated by a week in which Mr. VanPuymbrouck deposed all six of the defendants’ experts ranging from PHD’s in metallurgy, mechanical engineering, economics, and warnings all of whom made material concessions, Mr. VanPuymbrouck was able to resolve the matter to the client’s complete satisfaction.
Our Practice Areas
National and International Commercial Law Firm
MARK RAVEN LLC is a leader in commercial law services, and our practice focuses on bringing parties together to negotiate contracts. We have a unique understanding of the Food Industry and have developed expertise in creating food industry contracts that meet out clients’ long-term business needs. Although we are based in Chicago, our practice takes us all around the nation to serve the local needs of our clients. We also litigate commercial and contractual disputes in state and federal courts when understandings break down. Browse our practice areas to learn more about how we can help you.
Why Choose MARK RAVEN LLC?
The MARK RAVEN law firm brings decades of practicing law at the highest levels at “big law” firms to a lean and affordable boutique setting. In this environment we ensure that our clients receive personal attention and great value, without an army of lawyers who duplicate effort and charge twice!
Why Our Initial Consultation is Free to You
MARK RAVEN LLC was founded by Darren Mark Raven VanPuymbrouck (Van-Pem-Brook). Yes, it’s a long, difficult to pronounce name, so please just call him Darren Van. Darren is a commercial lawyer, and a trial practice attorney, with an active nationwide practice. After working as a partner in the nation’s top “big law” firms, Daren decided to bring that level of practice gravitas to a boutique law firm setting.
Practicing in the big law firms focuses far too much on billable hours in Darren’s opinion, so he cut out all of the glitzy trappings of a big firm—trappings that you no longer need to pay for in your billing statements. You hire an expert to perform at the highest level, but you don’t pay for the eye candy whose only purpose is to convince the next client that this firm is worth “the money.”
Therefore, keeping in step with the “affordable” law firm that delivers like the overpriced firm, Darren Van decided that MARK RAVEN would provide potential clients with an assessment of their legal circumstances before charging for his services. Therefore, if you think you need a top flight law firm to represent you, but aren’t quite sure, give us a call for a free assessment of your situation. We are looking forward to getting to know you better.