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Litigation: General Commercial — Illinois


Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Recognized for its experience in commercial litigation involving product liability and IP elements. Has deep expertise acting for pharmaceutical and life sciences clients, as well as tobacco companies. Extensive trial capabilities see it frequently retained in breach of contract and mass tort disputes, as well as product liability and consumer defense cases.

Strengths Client praises the team's "great service, results and value."

Work highlights Successfully defended Philip Morris in a negligence and fraud trial in Alaska state court, in which the plaintiff argued that Philip Morris violated state common law in its advertising for Marlboro Lights.

Represented Pfizer against allegations of racketeering brought by Hygrosol Pharmaceutical, which argued the defendant had conspired to keep generic forms of muscle relaxant Skelaxin off the market.

Notable practitioners

Alan Salpeter focuses his practice on consumer class actions, professional malpractice and securities disputes. Clients describe him as "a wonderful litigator who does wonderful work," adding: "He keeps us very well informed and has his client's best interests at heart."

Jeff Wagner has considerable expertise across a range of complex commercial matters, with notable experience in product liability, consumer fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty disputes. He is particularly adept at handling matters involving the tobacco industry. A client remarks: "His strengths are his understanding of the topic, his unrelenting research, his understanding of the people involved and his genuine care for his clients."

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Baker McKenzie - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded team advising a range of domestic and international clients on complex commercial litigation matters. Also features a strong white-collar team with expertise in federal and internal investigations and cross-border proceedings. Particularly adept at handling securities litigation and FCPA issues, as well as antitrust, immigration and fraud matters.

Strengths One client describes the firm's litigators as "intelligent, engaged, tenacious and thorough."

Another client adds: "They were professional and clear in all matters, and I would recommend the team without any caveats."

Work highlights Represented Harris Corporation in a FCPA investigation conducted by the DOJ and SEC, following allegations a Chinese subsidiary had conducted and concealed a $1 million bribery scheme.

Represented Pension Consulting Alliance (PCA) against allegations of unfair practices brought by a securities lending portfolio in relation to $95 million worth of losses that the plaintiff sustained.

Prosecuted RICO and common law fraud claims for Evraz against a Russian sales representative and the Chinese steel product distributors he represented.

Notable practitioners

Robert Kent represents clients on a full range of white-collar criminal defense matters and complex civil litigation. He is particularly adept at aiding clients facing allegations of wrongdoing relating to antitrust, bribery, FCPA and fraud.

Jerome Tomas represents clients on complex white-collar criminal matters, with expertise expertise in areas including insider trading, FCPA, commodities and auditing fraud. A client reports: "He's really practical and has a risk-based approach to issues. He's experienced, responsive and easy to deal with."

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Strong trial group with expertise across a range of civil litigation, including contract disputes and product liability claims. Draws on notable experience in IP and antitrust suits, as well as product liability and consumer class actions. Also acts on criminal defense litigation and regulatory investigations.

Strengths A client comments: "They provided detailed, analytical, practical and outstanding representation."

Another client adds: "They're a really strong group in the Midwest with a really strong reputation."

Work highlights Retained by AbbVie to pursue claims for reformation, equitable estoppel and bad faith against its prior automobile liability carrier Travelers.

Represented Elorac, the plaintiff in a case against Sanofi-Aventis in which the client alleges that Sanofi failed to pay royalties for net sales of a cream to treat osteoarthritis and that the defendant failed to use commercially reasonable methods to advertise the product.

Notable practitioners

William McErlean is a key contact.

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Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Standout litigation boutique renowned for its expertise in the commercial litigation space and much sought after for its capabilities in highly complex class action and multidistrict matters. Possesses deep expertise in areas such as product liability, mass torts, securities, antitrust and IP and represents top clients from the financial services, technology, and chemical sectors. Features an exceptional roster of talented attorneys with an impressive track record of success at trial.

Strengths A client comments: "They are a cut above the crowd. They're dedicated trial lawyers, recruited and trained with a unified vision."

Another client adds: "In addition to being fantastically prepared and seasoned trial lawyers, the Bartlit attorneys also exhibit unparalleled leadership. They're incredible trial lawyers."

Work highlights Represented Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance in two actions against underwriter Credit Suisse, arising from the sale of mortgage-backed securities to MassMutual from 2005 to 2007. The firm subsequently secured a $79.5 million.

Represented Elliott Associates and other hedge funds in litigation against AbbVie, arising from AbbVie's aborted $50 billion acquisition of Shire.

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Fred Bartlit is recognized as a leading figure within the state. He possesses significant trial experience and subject expertise in fields including product litigation, securities and antitrust.

Philip Beck is a leading figure within the state, having tried many of the largest cases in the country. He possesses a broad commercial practice, with a specialism in mass tort and product liability cases. Clients say: "He's one of the best trial lawyers, period. No matter the court, he's efficient, business-oriented and just outstanding."

Adam Hoeflich is a well-regarded litigation attorney, specializing in high-stakes, complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation matters. He has significant technical expertise in the life sciences, chemicals and real estate industries, as well as coverage and insurance defense litigation.

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Dentons - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-reputed litigation team that assists a broad spectrum of clients with a wide range of disputes, including arbitrations and appeals. Often called upon to handle product liability and fraud litigation cases, fielding significant experience in defending against major class actions. Possesses strong capabilities in securities litigation, particularly spoofing cases. Draws on a strong global platform to provide expert representation in cross-border cases.

Strengths One client comments: "We have a very productive relationship with the firm."

Work highlights Represented Citadel Securities before the US Supreme Court, arguing that a plaintiff's securities fraud complaint, which was originally filed in a New Jersey state court, should be removed to federal court.

Represented Michael Coscia, the first person to be indicted and convicted for 'spoofing' the futures market after allegedly using a computer algorithm to place large orders on one side of the market and quickly remove them to favorably move prices. The firm handled his sentencing and appeal, after he was convicted in criminal court.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Senderowitz is a key contact.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Broad-based litigation practice with a nationwide presence, highly regarded for its representation of clients in consumer class actions and institutional commercial litigation. Features particular expertise in advising accountancy firms on professional liability disputes. Broad client roster also includes major multinationals such as global banking, retail and real estate companies, representing both privately held and public companies.

Strengths A client comments: "They're amazing people and great lawyers."

Another client adds: "The DLA litigation team is excellent. They are very responsive and keep an eye on the budget."

Work highlights Represented Apple in a class action brought by purchasers of an iPhone 4S, who claimed that Apple had breached materials and workmanship warranties because the phone displayed a '4G' icon even though the technology was insufficient to connect to recognized 4G networks.

Defended The Travelers Companies following claims brought by several medical providers, seeking to recover interest on late payments for treatments provided to workers under workers' compensation schemes.

Notable practitioners

Raj Shah is a key contact.

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Foley & Lardner LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected litigation group with notable expertise across commercial disputes, including product liability, IP and securities cases. Represents clients in a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing. Also noted for its defense of companies facing government investigations and its abilities in False Claims Act defense.

Strengths Clients highlighed the team's great depth of experience, customer service and understanding of the marketplace.

Work highlights Defended engine manufacturer Cummins following allegations it cheating on diesel emissions tests. The suit alleged that the defendant committed fraud and violated RICO.

Represented Enterprise Holdings in six lawsuits brought by customers of rental cars involved in accidents, claiming faults in the cars provided and allegations the company showed negligent entrustment by entrusting an unsuitable driver with a vehicle which went on to injure a third party.

Notable practitioners

Lisa Noller has a wealth of experience trying white-collar criminal cases and handling investigations, with particular strengths in the healthcare sector.

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Goldberg Kohn Ltd - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Noted Chicago firm fielding expertise across a broad range of disputes, including particular strength in the financial services industry. Sought after by clients for its experience in cases involving intellectual property, bankruptcy, product liability, insurance and class action litigation. Particularly noted for its strong False Claims Act practice.

Strengths A client comments: "They coordinate very well together and the client service is outstanding."

Another client describes the firm's practitioners as "very timely and responsive."

Work highlights Retained by Dr. Bijan Oughatiyan in a whistleblower case brought against IPC, alleging that IPC intentionally and systematically billed Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs for more expensive levels of medical services than were actually provided.

Defended Fifth Third Bank following claims brought by a former executive director of one of its former clients, alleging tortious interference with his prospective business expectation.

Notable practitioners

Kenneth Ulrich is a key contact.

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Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation practice particularly noted for its nationwide strength in product liability and mass tort matters. Also offers expertise in IP disputes, including patent infringement claims. Represents a number of household names in the pharmaceutical space, drawing on significant trial strength and scientific expertise. Also represents major clients in the entertainment, sports, technology and retail industries.

Strengths A fellow practitioner comments: "This is a terrific law firm with absolutely outstanding trial lawyers. They are smart, dedicated and very skilled."

A client adds: "They are excellent. They work very hard and have got very good judgment about trial strategy."

Work highlights Represented Lafarge in the defense of a $400 million claim by St. Bernard Parish, claiming that the client was negligent in its handling of a barge moored at a Lafarge facility in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Represented Merck & Co. in numerous suits brought by multiple state Attorneys General to recover damages for the states' reimbursement of Medicaid costs associated with Vioxx.

Notable practitioners

Tarek Ismail heads the firm's litigation practice and specializes in product liability cases, with additional capabilities in complex commercial matters such as consumer class actions, antitrust and civil RICO cases. Clients describe him as "skilled at boiling a matter down to its essence and developing trial themes that are both compelling and easy to understand."

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Experienced team highlighted for its strength in complex commercial litigation. Adept at handling insurance coverage disputes, acting for policyholders in matters such as D&O and professional liability claims. Expertise also includes wide-ranging trade secrets and restrictive covenant litigation, IP issues and antitrust matters. Additionally recognized for its defense of law firms against legal malpractice claims.

Strengths A client comments: "They're excellent lawyers. They're knowledgeable, experienced, and they exercise good judgment."

Work highlights Represented Redflex Traffic Systems following allegations brought by a former employee that the company had obtained a contract from the City of Chicago through bribery and other improper actions.

Acted as litigation counsel for Simba, a real estate company in the Cayman Islands, after the client was sued in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on an alleged fraud and racketeering scheme.

Notable practitioners

Steven Weiss advises clients on a wide range of commercial and business litigation. He possesses significant expertise in intellectual property and breach of contract disputes, alongside additional strengths in employment matters.

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Jenner & Block LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected litigation practice with a stellar reputation for its comprehensive handling of white-collar crime and general commercial litigation. Hugely proficient in matters involving insurance, bankruptcy and IP. As well as significant fraud cases, securities disputes, and public corruption and FCPA matters. Frequently acts on large-scale regulatory investigations, alongside its leading trial capabilities. Maintains an enviable client list, representing a range of blue-chip organizations.

Strengths A client comments: "The Jenner team were truly outstanding, extraordinarily competent. Our team towered over the opposition team, and I really enjoyed working with them."

Another client adds: "They're one of our top go-to firms, particularly for a commercial matter where we want a team we're confident in. They're just good lawyers, good writers and good at legal strategy."

Work highlights Represented the United Airlines board of directors following allegations that certain employees initiated a flight between Newark and Columbia, SC for the personal benefit of the chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Represented Northern Trust in a putative class action brought by trust beneficiaries, alleging the defendant undertook a plan to enrich itself by investing trust assets in company-affiliated investment funds.

Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of GM regarding events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches, including advising on responses to several federal agencies and Congress and testifying on the report's findings before House and Senate committees.

Notable practitioners

Anton Valukas possesses a litigation practice of the highest caliber, representing elite clients in many complex and major civil and criminal litigations. Many Fortune 500 companies seek his counsel on matters including consumer class actions and internal investigations. Clients say: "He's tremendous. An outstanding leader and decisive."

Charles Sklarsky is a highly regarded trial lawyer specializing in the defense of white-collar criminal matters. He is regularly engaged by corporate and individual clients to counsel and represent them in issues including fraud and criminal antitrust. A client describes him as "the most controlled, pleasant and knowledgeable advocate you could want," adding: "He thoroughly sets clients at ease. He's really a first-tier litigator."

David Bradford is a respected trial lawyer specializing in a range of complex commercial disputes. His practice spans a number of industries, including real estate and healthcare. A client remarks: "He has an uncommon ability to see litigation from our perspective, is able to identify risks and communicate them in a way that is discernible and actionable for us."

Craig Martin chairs the litigation department and offers a sophisticated practice with significant trial and appellate abilities. His practice encompasses matters including breach of contract and employment cases. Clients describe him as "an exceptional lawyer," adding: "He's very skilled, and juries love him."

Reid Schar is a highly regarded litigation attorney, specializing in the defense of white-collar criminal matters and complex commercial disputes. His practice has an emphasis on consumer fraud litigation, as well as professional malpractice, antitrust and RICO matters. A client remarks: "He has superb judgment and analytical skills, and is an extremely confident litigator."

Terri Mascherin offers notable strengths acting for clients in commercial disputes arising out of corporate transactions. A client describes her as "very smart and disciplined," noting her as "very effective in depositions."

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Jenner & Block’s litigation department differentiates itself through its deep experience and abiding commitment to excellence. With more than 400 litigators and dispute lawyers in five offices, Jenner & Block is a leading practice for the most important litigation and arbitration matters facing companies. The firm’s known reputation and trusted experience for board-level counsel, internal investigations, complex commercial disputes and arbitrations position Jenner & Block to handle its clients’ most sensitive and sizeable matters, including massive disputes that can involve upwards of 1,000 lawyers at any time (including contract lawyers). Over a recent 18-month period, the firm’s lawyers tried more than 125 matters with more than US$30 billion at stake. The media recognized several litigation department successes including the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice’s perfect record during the October 2015 US Supreme Court term, winning seven cases on the merits, and the firm’s winning streak in patent appeals in the Federal Circuit. This track record of victories is evidence of what the firm does best: tries cases and takes them to appeal. Jenner & Block’s work is diverse, remarkable and noteworthy.

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Jones Day - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Strong national litigation practice with a global footprint and deep resources in Illinois. Respected for its expert handling of complex criminal white-collar and civil business litigation. Utilizes its wide-ranging industry experience to assist clients on the full gamut of issues, with notable strength in healthcare as well as life sciences, energy and natural resources. Particularly recognized for its expertise in defending against product liability actions.

Strengths One client comments: "The team is terrific in every way. Everyone gets along very well, works hard and is thoughtful, responsive, careful, thorough and diligent."

Another client adds: "They are a top-notch group of litigators who have creatively defended multitudes of cases."

Work highlights Represented Cardinal Health in antitrust litigation which alleged that the client and another defendant used tying and other exclusionary conduct to foreclose the competitor from certain segments of the medical products distribution marketplace.

Represented Experian in hundreds of FCRA actions, including two class actions, brought in federal courts around the country related to the reporting on consumer credit reports of debts included in or discharged in Chapter 13 bankruptcies.

Represented Hilco Trading in a lawsuit filed by The Patriot Group, a hedge fund seeking more than $30 million in damages relating to alleged losses from an investment in the distressed lending market.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Reidy is a leading trial who possesses considerable expertise in a range of litigation matters, including product liability and financial crime disputes. He is regarded by one client as a "preeminent trial lawyer," and market sources describe him as "an extraordinary lawyer" and "very thoughtful, very experienced and very well respected."

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with notable expertise in white-collar criminal and commercial litigation. Handles a wide array of disputes, including product liability claims, SEC investigations and insurance matters. Also conducts internal corporate investigation on behalf of clients into workplace wrongdoing. Key areas of industry focus include financial services, healthcare and real estate. Also known for its experience in the for-profit education sector.

Strengths Sources comment: "It's a great firm and a wonderful team of experienced former prosecutors and people within government. I have only fantastic things to say about them."

A client adds: "They know the law, they are accessible to me, they have a good rapport with the regulators and their strategies for negotiating the cases have been successful."

Work highlights Represented Schenker against various major airfreight carriers in a suit which alleges that the carriers violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to fix the prices that Schenker paid for airfreight services.

Represented Infinium Capital Holdings in a lawsuit brought by 36 former employees who claim that the company misled employees about the firm's financial health and duped them into investing into an employee capital pool.

Represented Wells Fargo in a suit filed by the Cook County government, alleging that the client's discriminatory lending had cost the municipal government several millions worth of tax revenue.

Notable practitioners

Gil Soffer possesses a sophisticated and versatile litigation practice that covers the gamut of civil and white-collar criminal matters. He is often engaged by clients facing investigations by the DOJ, the SEC or other government bodies and represents a range of major clients, with many in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space. Market sources describe him as "a seasoned hand when it comes to white-collar matters."

Sheldon Zenner is regularly called upon by large corporate clients to represent them in trials and investigation, with notable strengths in FCPA, antitrust and securities matters. He is adept at representing clients in internal and external criminal investigations and on cross-border matters.

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Katten's Litigation practice has earned top recognition for its track record of success. We believe our litigation victories must provide value and long-term benefit to our clients. Katten attorneys have the depth and experience to handle, and if necessary, to litigate through appeal, virtually any type of case. We regularly try "bet the company" cases to verdict and appear in federal and state courts across the nation at the trial and appellate levels, before arbitration tribunals and administrative law judges, and in specialty courts.

Clients benefit from the experience of the many Katten attorneys who have held positions at the US Department of Justice, the US Attorney's Office, the White House, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies and prosecutors' offices at both the state and federal levels across the country. Our team adeptly handles the many risks, investigations, government inquiries and proceedings that accompany large cases, and guides clients through the resulting parallel and complex proceedings. We act as national or regional counsel for clients, coordinating closely with local and other outside counsel to bring the best possible conclusion to complex and multiple jurisdiction actions.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading commercial litigation practice characterized by exceptional bench strength and breadth of expertise. Also possesses expert strength in white-collar crime, with particular renown for its FCPA practice, and a sophisticated securities offering. Maintains an excellent reputation for advising a range of prominent clients on high-stakes regulatory investigations and criminal proceedings.

Strengths One client comments: "They have a multitude of high-quality and high-caliber people and their responsiveness cannot be matched. Their advice is practical and business-oriented."

Another client adds: "Kirkland & Ellis are the gold standard, they did an awesome job. They are the 'bet-the-company' A-team when it comes to litigation."

Work highlights Retained by Caterpillar to advise on investigations launched by the DOJ, IRS, FDIC and the Department of Commerce, concerning allegations the company depressed its US tax liability by routing transactions through its Swiss affiliate.

Represented Allergan in various state and federal governmental investigations, congressional inquiries, and civil suits related to its sale and marketing of opioid painkillers.

Represented Abbott Laboratories in a False Claims Act case in which a former employee sought $1 billion in damages for alleged medicare fraud. The firm achieved a complete defense verdict.

Notable practitioners

Mark Filip is a go-to litigator for many elite clients involved in major commercial and criminal litigation matters. He excels in areas including securities fraud defense and handling multijurisdictional class actions. Clients describe him as "very experienced, very knowledgeable and very practical."

Richard Godfrey possesses vast experience and an excellent reputation in the field of commercial litigation, representing clients across a range of industries on a number of complex issues. He is a skilled appellate advocate and a regular fixture in multidistrict and collective class actions. A client comments: "He's the glue that holds the whole operation together. He's extremely capable, very well respected and works hard. He's a good lawyer to have in serious litigation."

Robert Kopecky represents a range of leading corporations and professional firms in a variety of securities class actions and commercial litigations, with particular strengths in shareholder disputes. He represents clients from all industries, including market leaders in the restaurant, aviation, pharmaceuticals and financial services industries. Clients say: "He is the guy we go to with the top-level strategic matters."

Asheesh Goel specializes in white-collar criminal defense and FCPA matters. He has considerable experience and market renown for his work aiding major clients in internal investigations and enforcement actions. Clients describe him as "fantastic" and highlight his "practical approach."

James Hurst has over 25 years' experience working on a range of complex litigation cases, including antitrust, intellectual property and contract disputes. A client describes him as "a premier trial lawyer."

Emily Nicklin is an "excellent trial lawyer," according to clients. She handles professional liability, product liability, securities and class action litigation. Her practice also covers employment disputes and fraud claims.

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Kirkland & Ellis is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration. The Firm believes that the best litigation results — whether achieved in court or across the bargaining table — occur when the lawyers and client act on the assumption that Kirkland will try the case and Kirkland is prepared to do so if necessary. Kirkland's focus on trial-readiness drives successful and more cost-efficient results for clients, as critical issues are identified early, addressed and used to maximum advantage in the litigation and negotiation processes.

The Litigation Practice Group comprises approximately 500 attorneys throughout the Firm's offices worldwide. The Firm's international experience enables effective representation of non-U.S. plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. judicial proceedings. Kirkland represents clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. The Firm also represents clients in connection with proceedings involving government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and various Offices of Attorneys General.


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Latham & Watkins LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Offers outstanding capabilities in white-collar crime and securities matters, including major internal investigations as well as SEC and DOJ investigations and shareholder claims. Also highly adept in other contentious disputes across areas such as insurance, antitrust, environment and product liability. Fields a strong bench of experienced commercial litigators and high-level former government prosecutors in the white-collar group.

Strengths A client comments: "Latham is the best firm I have worked with, lawyer for lawyer. Its client service is outstanding. They have deep subject matter expertise and anticipate everything."

Another client adds: "They position themselves as a go-to firm for large and complex transactions and they deliver great results. Their attorneys make themselves available 24/7 and truly become a part of the company team."

Work highlights Represented Schulte, a Kentucky-based hospitality management services company, in litigation arising out of its alleged partnership with Eric Bachelor.

Represented Leticia Davis, a private individual client in a high-stakes criminal case. The client was accused of attempted bribery of a public official and the firm led work in the negotiation of a plea agreement. The client ultimately received a sentence of probation.

Represented SS&C in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract against one of its former employees, and its competitor Clearwater Analytics. The case focuses on electronic data and other information taken by the employee at the time of departure.

Notable practitioners

Sean Berkowitz is renowned within the state for his high-quality representation in all kinds of commercial and criminal litigation and specializes in representing clients in high-stakes jury trials. He also regularly represents clients in regulatory investigations by the DOJ, SEC and other bodies. Clients describe him as "a world-class attorney," adding: "Sean's style, along with his commanding presence and vast knowledge base, has made him an invaluable member of our team."

Samuel Isaacson focuses his practice on high-stakes and complex commercial litigation, with specific expertise representing corporations in class actions, derivative litigation and corporate disputes. He is also well versed in securities class actions and derivative actions. A client remarks: "He's very practical, efficient and willing to lead."

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Mayer Brown LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded Chicago practice with strength across the gamut of litigation issues. Broad civil, regulatory and criminal expertise includes acting on FCPA, False Claims Act and grand jury investigations, as well as product liability and antitrust disputes. Possesses considerable trial ability and experience, and regularly represents clients in governmental investigations. Attracts an impressive roster of major financial services and pharmaceutical companies, as well as defending individual executives facing criminal proceedings.

Strengths A client says: "Their work product is excellent and they have the resources to get involved in big cases. They do an excellent job staying several steps ahead and they're very good working with clients."

Another client adds: "Substantively, their knowledge is excellent. They are responsive and have been effective in working with our adversary's counsel."

Work highlights Represented the Rezidor Hotel Group in an investigation concerning the nationalization of property by the Government of Yugoslavia in 1945, which was subsequently developed into a high-end hotel. Descendants of the original property owners brought a suit to Illinois federal court seeking return of the property.

Represented Medtronic in a nationwide product liability litigation regarding its Infuse bone-graft device.

Represented JPMorgan Chase in a case arising from the conduct of a former employee of a Bank One subsidiary who was criminally convicted of wire and tax fraud relating to embezzlement of millions of dollars.

The firm recently mourned the passing of esteemed partner Stephen Shapiro, who was the founding member of its Supreme Court and appellate practice.

Notable practitioners

Vincent Connelly is a revered trial lawyer with particular expertise in defending clients against allegations of white-collar crime. His extensive experience includes FCPA and antitrust disputes. Sources say: "He has superb judgment and the confidence and experience in that judgment to know what is truly necessary and what isn't."

Michele Odorizzi is held in particularly high regard for her abilities in appellate proceedings and complex commercial litigation. She often works on securities and derivatives litigation. A client describes her as "an extraordinary writer," adding: "She has the ability to take lots of threads of argument and make them coherent. She's very insightful and very collegial."

Lori Lightfoot advises and represents clients on a range of civil and criminal matters. She is also engaged by clients to conduct internal investigations. Her trial experience covers diverse matters, from fraud to employment discrimination. A client remarks: "She has enormous expertise, generosity and determination. Working with her has been fantastic."

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for A high-quality firm with a significant footprint in the commercial litigation and criminal defense arenas. Acts for domestic and international clients from a range of sectors, leveraging notable strength in the health care and financial services markets. Broad capabilities include FCPA and False Claims Act disputes. Particularly noted for its strength in tax controversies, class action and antitrust defense.

Strengths A client notes: "The team rendered excellent service in a short amount of time. The team is an outstanding group of professionals."

Another client adds: "They are ready for us 24/7, they provide excellent value and are absolutely the best litigation and trial team that I've worked with."

Work highlights Represented Southern Illinois Healthcare in a civil antitrust action filed by Marion Healthcare, a competing ambulatory surgical center. The suit alleges violations of state and federal antitrust laws by unlawful tying, exclusive dealing and monopolization.

Represented 11 current or former members of the senior management of PG&E in four shareholder derivative actions arising out of the 2010 San Bruno pipeline rupture. The firm was able to achieve a settlement of $90 million.

Represented Lexington Medical Center against brought under the False Claims Act by a whistle-blower and the US Government. The firm was able to negotiate a settlement of $17 million.

Notable practitioners

Michael Pope is a vastly experienced and respected member of the litigation Bar in Illinois. He draws from over 40 years' trial experience to advise on high-stakes commercial disputes and class actions on behalf of many major clients. He also serves as a mediator and an arbitrator.

The "terrific" Jeffrey Stone represents corporations, senior executives and individuals in a variety of complex civil and criminal prosecutions and lawsuits. His client base includes major businesses in the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services industries. He is described by peers as "a phenomenal lawyer" and "one of the luminaries of the Chicago Bar."

The "brilliant" David Rosenbloom focuses his practice on defending clients in criminal investigations, conducting internal investigations and counseling on compliance issues. He has particular expertise representing clients in the health care sector. A client remarks: "He is the quickest, smartest and most dedicated attorney I've had the privilege of working with. He out-prepares the other side, there's not a question he's been asked which he hasn't already thought of."

Steven Scholes represents clients in a range of white-collar criminal proceedings and internal investigations. He possesses significant expertise in SEC matters. Clients remark: "He is excellent. Very knowledgeable in the field and very strategic."

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McGuireWoods LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Offers notable capability representing clients from various sectors, including financial services and energy. Also adept at handling healthcare matters, representing health plans and hospital systems. Experienced in acting for clients on class action and securities litigation, with a notable expertise in TCPA matters. Expertise extends to advising on audits and investigations.

Strengths A client comments: "They're responsive, diligent, and have mastered the art of providing executable business-facing legal advice. They are five-star in terms of client service, and they stand out for their concise legal writing."

Another client adds: "They're very responsive and they do a really good job."

Work highlights Defended Blatt, Hasenmiller, Leibsker & Moore LLC in multiple lawsuits alleging violations of the venue provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Represented Fresenius Kabi in an antitrust lawsuit brought against Par Pharmaceutical, alleging it violated antitrust laws and abused its monopoly on an antidiuretic drug by blocking potential competitors from obtaining the drug's active ingredient and by raising the drug's price significantly.

Notable practitioners

Marta Stein is a key contact.

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Our 250 commercial litigators – the largest team in the firm – offer clients the skills, resources and decades of experience necessary to successfully resolve their most complex, high-stakes business disputes. Our team delivered a series of major victories in 2017 and continues to handle our clients’ most sophisticated business, commercial, class action, financial services and securities matters. We represent Fortune 50 clients in all areas of litigation, from bet-the-company class actions to investigations into individual customer disputes, and everything in between. We are especially strong in the securities, financial services, telecommunications and energy sectors. In each of these industries, we have served as effective business partners with our clients, demonstrated our courtroom prowess, proven our ability to avoid court when beneficial and showcased our strength in e-discovery.

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Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well regarded for its expertise in commercial litigation matters, representing both corporations and individuals from industries including banking, construction, finance and real estate. Features expertise across an impressive range of disputes, acting on matters such as product liability and antitrust litigation, with a significant focus on securities litigation and investigations. Also possesses a quality white-collar criminal defense offering.

Strengths One client comments: "They offer terrific lawyering with in-depth expertise and deep bench strength."

Another adds: "I think the team's strengths are outstanding expertise, commitment to our success, attentiveness and responsiveness."

Work highlights Represented Mizuho Bank in a putative class action, in which plaintiffs seek to hold the client liable for financial losses arising from the demise of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange.

Represented US Steel in the defense of a series of lawsuits filed by individual indirect buyers of steel products, who alleged a number of steel manufacturers conspired to restrict the domestic production of raw steel.

Notable practitioners

Michael Sher is particularly well regarded for his strengths in RICO claims and fraud disputes. A market source describes him as "an outstanding analyst," adding: "He gets to the nub of a case and identifies decisive issues very quickly and he's a very good strategist."

Nicholas Berberian represents financial services firms in litigation and regulatory investigations, including securities class actions, investor practice disputes and SEC regulatory matters. A client remarks: "He knows the industry exceptionally well, is able to absorb new information quickly and perfectly and is able to pivot to meet new strategies devised by adversaries."

Scott Fisher specializes in complex commercial litigation, particularly the representation of clients in class action suits. A client remarks: "He's always available, is a very strategic thinker and always has the client's best interests at heart."

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Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s litigation practice advocates for individuals and businesses in trial and appellate courts nationwide. Our litigators are also skilled in managing all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, and represent clients before administrative agencies and tribunals. We also actively counsel clients before controversies occur, providing the foresight and planning that may obviate disputes or strengthen clients’ positions if legal recourse becomes necessary. 

Just as there is no “one kind” of business, there is no “one way” to advocate effectively on behalf of all businesses. Each client and each controversy is unique. Our attorneys approach each case with a focused understanding of not only of the area of the law pertinent to the client’s matter, but also the business or market sector in which the matter has arisen.

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Novack and Macey LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation firm that assists plaintiffs and defendants with a broad range of complex matters. Proficient at handling litigation involving sectors such as real estate, financial services, energy and manufacturing. Also known for its representation of legal industry professionals, and its significant appellate offering.

Strengths A client comments: "It's high-quality work at competitive rates. They're a small shop, but nevertheless deliver big firm quality."

Another client describes the group as a "a very smart and aggressive litigation firm."

Work highlights Represented Bankers Life & Casualty Insurance before the Seventh Circuit, successfully overturning a lower court judgment which had confirmed an arbitration award which was based on the arbitrators modifying the terms of the parties' agreement.

Successfully represented Ash Janssen as plaintiff in a breach of contract dispute against BRI Holdings, involving the balance of an unpaid promissory note.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Novack handles a wide range of commercial disputes for a number of significant clients, including large corporations and prominent individuals. He is particularly well versed in banking litigation, class action defense and real estate litigation. Sources report: "He great in the courtroom, great on briefs and has excellent judgment. He has total command of his craft."

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Reed Smith LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Possesses notable strength in the commercial litigation space, focusing on matters pertaining to professional liability, breach of contract, privacy and false advertising. Frequently defends against large-scale class actions. Advises a number of household names across numerous industries; particular expertise is shown in acting for insurance clients, and representing clients in the managed care industry.

Strengths Sources hold the team in high regard for its ability to turn work around quickly and availability.

Work highlights Represented the Mattress Firm in a Lanham Act false advertising case brought by a competitor.

Obtained denial of class certification on behalf of Santander Consumer USA in a case alleging nationwide violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act involving millions of phone calls made with respect to debt collection.

Notable practitioners

Martin Bishop represents clients in the managed care industry on significant, complex and high-stakes disputes. He has expertise in ERISA, class actions, provider disputes, and member disputes.

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation group with notable strength in handling complex commercial disputes in areas such as post-merger litigation, professional liability, IP, unfair competition and partnership disputes. Experienced bench of trial lawyers, acting on nationwide disputes for clients such as financial services, publishing and sports entities.

Work highlights Represented Highlands Physicians in a putative class action in which 1,500 of its members are plaintiffs in litigation against Wellmont Health System. The plaintiffs claim that Wellmont breached contractual, fiduciary and other duties to the client and its members and destroyed the joint venture between the two companies.

Represented LifeWatch Services in an antitrust case against Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association after LifeWatch were denied coverage.

Notable practitioners

John McCambridge is an experienced litigator and appellate lawyer with strengths in securities, antitrust and wider commercial disputes. A fellow practitioner reports: "He's very good in big cases."

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Sidley Austin LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Dominant and highly acclaimed practice that demonstrates outstanding expertise across the board in litigation, appearing in some of the most significant criminal and civil cases in the market. Boasts varied sector expertise in areas such as healthcare, financial services and defense, with significant capabilities in the securities space. Impressively deep bench of high-quality practitioners who act on both commercial and criminal matters for domestic and international corporations.

Strengths A client notes: "They have experts in almost every area of need for a big corporation. Their response time is quick and intelligent. They are first in class, brilliant lawyers who provide a brilliant service."

Another client adds: "The firm provides exceptional service across the globe. It has technical expertise in the areas of law that impact our business, a deep bench, and consistently delivers value-added solutions to challenging problems."

Work highlights Represented an executive of Volkswagen under an investigation stemming from VW's admission that it cheated diesel emission tests in the USA.

Acted for Las Vegas Sands Corporation and its chairman in a securities fraud class action pending in the District of Nevada.

Represented Microsoft in a patent infringement case brought by SurfCast, who alleged that the tiled interface of Windows 8 and Windows Phones were infringing their patent.

Notable practitioners

Walter Carlson is a highly sought-after litigator for securities matters and shareholder derivative suits. He boasts a client base consisting of major corporations from the hospitality, life sciences, financial services and energy sectors. Sources describe him as a "very, very intellectual lawyer. He's very thoughtful, analytical and extremely smart."

David Graham combines his significant commercial litigation practice with a leading presence in the securities market. He regularly represents clients in defence of securities fraud and shareholder disputes. He is also adept at handling appellate proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. A client remarks: "His greatest strengths are his thoroughness and his deep experience."

Experienced trial lawyer Scott Lassar offers a comprehensive and accomplished white-collar criminal defense practice, with experience across areas such as healthcare fraud and FCPA matters. He is also retained by clients to conduct internal investigations. A source remarks: "He provides valuable input to the resolution of our issues."

Bruce Braun is a versatile and highly accomplished litigation attorney who represents clients in antitrust, securities, breach of contract and consumer fraud matters. A client comments: "He's an excellent trial lawyer and a calming presence in the face of great risk. He takes a common sense approach while thinking five steps ahead strategically."

Charles Douglas is a highly experienced trial lawyer, representing clients in litigation proceedings on a range of complex commercial matters. He has significant trial experience in matters ranging from major antitrust and securities litigation, to trade regulation and product liability claims.

Constantine Trela co-leads the firm's Supreme Court and appellate practice and brings substantial experience and expertise appearing before a range of state and federal appellate courts. His areas of specialty include IP, product liability, insurance and class action litigation.

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For more information on the White Collar Crime and Government Investigations practice, please visit the practice's page at: https://www.sidley.com/en/services/white-collar-government-litigation--investigations



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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Superb litigation group with a deep bench that represents domestic and international clients in a range of significant disputes. Impressive white-collar team features deep experience handling investigations involving the DOJ, FINRA, CFTC and SEC. Also has notable expertise in multidistrict class action litigation, including securities disputes. Frequently acts on cross-border regulatory investigations and civil matters.

Strengths Clients report: "They're certainly creative, particularly thorough and incredibly timely - they seem to have a capability of work that is unmatched."

A market source describes them as a "formidable group with quality lawyers."

Work highlights Represented CF Industries in litigation brought against by the City of West, individual residents and other parties seeking recovery for damages allegedly sustained as a result of a fire and explosion at a fertilizer distribution and storage facility in 2013.

Represented Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, in a federal criminal investigation relating to a $20.5 million no-bid contract with a vendor.

Represented Purdue Pharma in lawsuits brought by various state and local municipalities in Illinois, New York, California and others relating to the alleged deceptive marketing of painkillers.

Notable practitioners

The "extraordinary" Patrick Fitzgerald is a specialist in white-collar criminal matters and a leading figure within the state and in the surrounding area. He hass a highly sophisticated white-collar practice that incorporates areas including FCPA claims, cybersecurity and privacy issues and cross-border investigations. A client remarks: "He may be one of the great lawyers of our time. He has an extraordinary reputation for effective advocacy and for being an expert in the area."

Matthew Kipp enjoys a substantial reputation within the state for his litigation practice, which incorporates notable experience in securities disputes. He regularly represents clients in securities class and derivative suits and investigations by the SEC. Clients describe him as an "exceptional attorney," adding: "He has an exemplary understanding of the law and gives us the appearance that we are his only client."

Charles Smith specializes in securities and white-collar criminal matters. He represents clients from the financial services in SEC and DOJ enforcement, as well in trials concerning securities and accounting matters. A source describes him as "highly strategic," adding: "He excels at seeing the big picture, has a terrific demeanor and is a great collaborator. He is as good a lawyer as I know in Chicago."

Ryan Stoll focuses his practice on complex and significant civil and commercial litigation, regularly trying cases and handling appellate proceedings in state and federal courts. A client describes him as "highly intelligent, very skilled and a seasoned litigator."

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Our Litigation Group comprises approximately 600 attorneys throughout the firm’s offices, and our attorneys are admitted to practice throughout the U.S. as well as more than 30 other countries and territories. Our international experience enables us to effectively represent non-U.S. plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. judicial proceedings. We represent clients in trial and appellate courts at the federal and state level, before administrative tribunals, and in arbitrations and other dispute resolution proceedings. We also represent clients in proceedings involving government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

We have handled some of the largest and most high-profile cases in recent years. In securities litigation, we have served as lead counsel in several of the largest securities class actions in U.S. history, and we have handled cases responsible for the law that today guides participants in corporate control contests. In the area of mass torts, our litigators pioneered the “national counsel” model of handling this complex litigation, and we have been involved in many of the significant mass tort litigations of the last 20 years.

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Thompson Coburn LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Well regarded for its representation of clients as plaintiffs and defendants in a range of disputes, including before trial and appellate courts and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Features expertise in areas such as construction, environmental, employment discrimination and breach of contract. Also adept at insurance coverage matters, and the defense of personal injury, product liability and property claims.

Strengths A client comments: "I cannot put a dollar value on the sound advice I get from Thompson Coburn. They handle our matters quickly and efficiently, while producing positive results."

Sources add: "It's an excellent firm and they are practical in their approach to solving legal problems."

Work highlights Represented Federal Signal against claims filed by nearly 2,000 firefighters in five states alleging that they suffered hearing loss from the company's sirens.

Defended the City of Chicago against a putative class action in connection with the city's red light and speed camera programs, following allegations that determinations of liability are void because the city failed to follow procedural requirements imposed by city ordinance.

Notable practitioners

Todd Rowden is a key contact.

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Winston & Strawn LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished litigation practice noted for its impressive commercial and white-collar expertise. Sought after by corporations and individuals across various industries, including financial services, telecommunications and insurance. Features a team of outstanding litigators with decades of experience handling complex issues, including securities, antitrust and product liability disputes. Boasts an impressive cross-border capacity, handling and coordinating EU and worldwide investigations.

Strengths A client comments: "They are fantastic legal counsel, from the legal and the business side. They're really smart, really responsive and really skilled at analyzing complex legal issues."

A market source describes the group as an "excellent team," adding: "They're practical, collaborative and value-oriented."

Work highlights Represented BPI in a defamation lawsuit against American Broadcasting, following a month-long series of broadcasts in which ABC described a BPI beef product as 'pink slime' and falsely implied it was unsafe to eat and not beef.

Represented various BP executives in criminal, civil and regulatory matters related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The matter includes congressional inquiries, numerous securities lawsuits and actions by federal agencies.

Represented Dmitry Firtash in an FCPA case in which the defendant and other foreign citizens are charged with paying $18.5 million in bribes to Indian officials for titanium mining licenses.

Notable practitioners

The "spectacular" Dan Webb has forged a reputation as one of the "outstanding" and "most celebrated" trial lawyers in the USA, having tried a wide range of complex civil and criminal matters. He represents an enviable roster of major institutions and corporations in matters of the highest-profile and value, including in areas such as securities class actions, antitrust, IP, corruption and many others. A fellow practitioner remarks: "He's the biggest name in town and has legendary skills."

Kimball Anderson possesses vast experience in litigation matters, having tried cases over a range of issues for nearly 40 years. He specializes in complex commercial matters, with specific expertise in consumer class actions. Clients describe him as "very knowledgeable and very responsive."

"Exceptional lawyer" Daniel Rubinstein specializes in complex white-collar matters and government investigations. He is adept at handling trials in state, federal and appellate courts and is described by a fellow practitioner as "an extraordinary attorney, coupling raw intelligence with a practical understanding of his client's needs."

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Winston & Strawn’s Chicago litigation practice has across-the-board strength with leading practitioners in general commercial, class action, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, professional liability, product liability, white collar criminal defense, and appellate law. Our lawyers continue to be retained by top clients for their largest cases and achieve favorable results, including our recent representation of Beef Products, Inc. in the successful resolution of its defamation case against American Broadcasting Company, Inc. (ABC), which was described as “one of the most high-stakes defamation court battles in U.S. history.” The case was followed closely by the AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, National Review, CNBC, Law360, and dozens of other national, local, and industry publications.

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Senior Statesperson

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fred Bartlit is recognized as a leading figure within the state. He possesses significant trial experience and subject expertise in fields including product litigation, securities and antitrust.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Pope is a vastly experienced and respected member of the litigation Bar in Illinois. He draws from over 40 years' trial experience to advise on high-stakes commercial disputes and class actions on behalf of many major clients. He also serves as a mediator and an arbitrator.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Salpeter focuses his practice on consumer class actions, professional malpractice and securities disputes. Clients describe him as "a wonderful litigator who does wonderful work," adding: "He keeps us very well informed and has his client's best interests at heart."

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Eminent Practitioner

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Jeffrey Stone represents corporations, senior executives and individuals in a variety of complex civil and criminal prosecutions and lawsuits. His client base includes major businesses in the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services industries. He is described by peers as "a phenomenal lawyer" and "one of the luminaries of the Chicago Bar."

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Star Individuals

Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anton Valukas possesses a litigation practice of the highest caliber, representing elite clients in many complex and major civil and criminal litigations. Many Fortune 500 companies seek his counsel on matters including consumer class actions and internal investigations. Clients say: "He's tremendous. An outstanding leader and decisive."

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "spectacular" Dan Webb has forged a reputation as one of the "outstanding" and "most celebrated" trial lawyers in the USA, having tried a wide range of complex civil and criminal matters. He represents an enviable roster of major institutions and corporations in matters of the highest-profile and value, including in areas such as securities class actions, antitrust, IP, corruption and many others. A fellow practitioner remarks: "He's the biggest name in town and has legendary skills."

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Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Beck is a leading figure within the state, having tried many of the largest cases in the country. He possesses a broad commercial practice, with a specialism in mass tort and product liability cases. Clients say: "He's one of the best trial lawyers, period. No matter the court, he's efficient, business-oriented and just outstanding."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sean Berkowitz is renowned within the state for his high-quality representation in all kinds of commercial and criminal litigation and specializes in representing clients in high-stakes jury trials. He also regularly represents clients in regulatory investigations by the DOJ, SEC and other bodies. Clients describe him as "a world-class attorney," adding: "Sean's style, along with his commanding presence and vast knowledge base, has made him an invaluable member of our team."

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Vincent J Connelly

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Vincent Connelly is a revered trial lawyer with particular expertise in defending clients against allegations of white-collar crime. His extensive experience includes FCPA and antitrust disputes. Sources say: "He has superb judgment and the confidence and experience in that judgment to know what is truly necessary and what isn't."

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Filip is a go-to litigator for many elite clients involved in major commercial and criminal litigation matters. He excels in areas including securities fraud defense and handling multijurisdictional class actions. Clients describe him as "very experienced, very knowledgeable and very practical."

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Richard C Godfrey

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Godfrey possesses vast experience and an excellent reputation in the field of commercial litigation, representing clients across a range of industries on a number of complex issues. He is a skilled appellate advocate and a regular fixture in multidistrict and collective class actions. A client comments: "He's the glue that holds the whole operation together. He's extremely capable, very well respected and works hard. He's a good lawyer to have in serious litigation."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Reidy is a leading trial who possesses considerable expertise in a range of litigation matters, including product liability and financial crime disputes. He is regarded by one client as a "preeminent trial lawyer," and market sources describe him as "an extraordinary lawyer" and "very thoughtful, very experienced and very well respected."

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Kimball R Anderson

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kimball Anderson possesses vast experience in litigation matters, having tried cases over a range of issues for nearly 40 years. He specializes in complex commercial matters, with specific expertise in consumer class actions. Clients describe him as "very knowledgeable and very responsive."

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Bradford is a respected trial lawyer specializing in a range of complex commercial disputes. His practice spans a number of industries, including real estate and healthcare. A client remarks: "He has an uncommon ability to see litigation from our perspective, is able to identify risks and communicate them in a way that is discernible and actionable for us."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Braun is a versatile and highly accomplished litigation attorney who represents clients in antitrust, securities, breach of contract and consumer fraud matters. A client comments: "He's an excellent trial lawyer and a calming presence in the face of great risk. He takes a common sense approach while thinking five steps ahead strategically."

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Michael Dockterman

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Dockterman of Steptoe & Johnson LLP has built an impressive reputation within the state and beyond, owing to his strong abilities as a trial lawyer. He possesses expertise in a number of fields, including breach of contract and shareholder disputes. Clients describe him as "extremely responsive and an excellent lawyer."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Graham combines his significant commercial litigation practice with a leading presence in the securities market. He regularly represents clients in defence of securities fraud and shareholder disputes. He is also adept at handling appellate proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. A client remarks: "His greatest strengths are his thoroughness and his deep experience."

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Hurst has over 25 years' experience working on a range of complex litigation cases, including antitrust, intellectual property and contract disputes. A client describes him as "a premier trial lawyer."

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Martin chairs the litigation department and offers a sophisticated practice with significant trial and appellate abilities. His practice encompasses matters including breach of contract and employment cases. Clients describe him as "an exceptional lawyer," adding: "He's very skilled, and juries love him."

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Novack and Macey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Novack handles a wide range of commercial disputes for a number of significant clients, including large corporations and prominent individuals. He is particularly well versed in banking litigation, class action defense and real estate litigation. Sources report: "He  great in the courtroom, great on briefs and has excellent judgment. He has total command of his craft."

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Michele L Odorizzi

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michele Odorizzi is held in particularly high regard for her abilities in appellate proceedings and complex commercial litigation. She often works on securities and derivatives litigation. A client describes her as "an extraordinary writer," adding: "She has the ability to take lots of threads of argument and make them coherent. She's very insightful and very collegial."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ryan Stoll focuses his practice on complex and significant civil and commercial litigation, regularly trying cases and handling appellate proceedings in state and federal courts. A client describes him as "highly intelligent, very skilled and a seasoned litigator."

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Gair Eberhard Nelson Dedinas Ltd.

From the Chambers USA guide

Chris Gair of Gair Eberhard Nelson Dedinas Ltd. is well known throughout the state for his work on complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense matters. A fellow practitioner reports: "He has an encyclopedic recollection of rules and court decisions."

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Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Hoeflich is a well-regarded litigation attorney, specializing in high-stakes, complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation matters. He has significant technical expertise in the life sciences, chemicals and real estate industries, as well as coverage and insurance defense litigation.

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Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tarek Ismail heads the firm's litigation practice and specializes in product liability cases, with additional capabilities in complex commercial matters such as consumer class actions, antitrust and civil RICO cases. Clients describe him as "skilled at boiling a matter down to its essence and developing trial themes that are both compelling and easy to understand."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Kipp enjoys a substantial reputation within the state for his litigation practice, which incorporates notable experience in securities disputes. He regularly represents clients in securities class and derivative suits and investigations by the SEC. Clients describe him as an "exceptional attorney," adding: "He has an exemplary understanding of the law and gives us the appearance that we are his only client."

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Emily Nicklin is an "excellent trial lawyer," according to clients. She handles professional liability, product liability, securities and class action litigation. Her practice also covers employment disputes and fraud claims.

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Weiss advises clients on a wide range of commercial and business litigation. He possesses significant expertise in intellectual property and breach of contract disputes, alongside additional strengths in employment matters.

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H Nicholas Berberian

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicholas Berberian represents financial services firms in litigation and regulatory investigations, including securities class actions, investor practice disputes and SEC regulatory matters. A client remarks: "He knows the industry exceptionally well, is able to absorb new information quickly and perfectly and is able to pivot to meet new strategies devised by adversaries."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Bishop represents clients in the managed care industry on significant, complex and high-stakes disputes. He has expertise in ERISA, class actions, provider disputes, and member disputes.

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Charles W Douglas

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Douglas is a highly experienced trial lawyer, representing clients in litigation proceedings on a range of complex commercial matters. He has significant trial experience in matters ranging from major antitrust and securities litigation, to trade regulation and product liability claims.

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Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Fisher specializes in complex commercial litigation, particularly the representation of clients in class action suits. A client remarks: "He's always available, is a very strategic thinker and always has the client's best interests at heart."

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Samuel B Isaacson

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Isaacson focuses his practice on high-stakes and complex commercial litigation, with specific expertise representing corporations in class actions, derivative litigation and corporate disputes. He is also well versed in securities class actions and derivative actions. A client remarks: "He's very practical, efficient and willing to lead."

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Terri Mascherin offers notable strengths acting for clients in commercial disputes arising out of corporate transactions. A client describes her as "very smart and disciplined," noting her as "very effective in depositions."

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John R McCambridge

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John McCambridge is an experienced litigator and appellate lawyer with strengths in securities, antitrust and wider commercial disputes. A fellow practitioner reports: "He's very good in big cases."

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Constantine L Trela Jr

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Constantine Trela co-leads the firm's Supreme Court and appellate practice and brings substantial experience and expertise appearing before a range of state and federal appellate courts. His areas of specialty include IP, product liability, insurance and class action litigation.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Wagner has considerable expertise across a range of complex commercial matters, with notable experience in product liability, consumer fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty disputes. He is particularly adept at handling matters involving the tobacco industry. A client remarks: "His strengths are his understanding of the topic, his unrelenting research, his understanding of the people involved and his genuine care for his clients."

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