Grubb sues Cushman over ‘raid’ on Chicago brokers

Crain’s Chicago Business reported this week that Grubb & Ellis Co. sued the former head of its Chicago office, Shawn Mobley, and Cushman & Wakefield Inc. over a recent broker defection that Grubb alleges was a “raid that was aimed at decimating” Grubb’s Chicago office.

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Grubb alleges that Mr. Mobley, who resigned earlier this month after heading the Chicago office for six years, informed Grubb brokers of his plan to accept a position with rival brokerage Cushman and solicited them to join him there.

Thirteen brokers left the local office of Grubb for Cushman during a four-week stretch beginning in mid-May, according to the suit, filed Friday in federal court in Chicago.

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