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Represents major U.S. and international companies in mass torts, purported class actions, antitrust cases, and a range of other complex commercial matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Lead or national counsel in several high-profile multijurisdictional and complex litigation matters. Developed resolution strategies involving billions of dollars covering a variety of subject areas. Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, teaching seminars on legal ethics and complex litigation. Graduated first in law school class and clerked for two federal judges. Joined Bartlit Beck in 1994 and became a partner in 1997.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    25 years



Fixed (sometimes)

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Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

54 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL, 60610


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199211/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois and Products Liability NationwideChambers & Partners USA Guide2013
Illinois StarsBenchmark Litigation2013
Highly RecommendedLMG Life Sciences2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2012
Leading LitigatorsChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
Leading Business LawyerChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Leading Business LawyerChambers & Partners USA Guide2010
Leading Business LawyerChambers & Partners USA Guide2009
Leading Business LawyerChambers & Partners USA Guide2008
Leading Business LawyerChambers & Partners USA Guide2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lecturer in LawThe University Of Chicago School Of Law2009 - Present
PartnerBartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP1994 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorNorthwestern University Law School2000 - 2003
AssociateJenner & Block1993 - 1994
Law ClerkHonorable Milton I. Shadur1992 - 1993
Law ClerkHonorable Thomas J. Meskill1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colgate UniversityPresident's Counsel, Midwest Chair2012 - Present
University of Chicago Law SchoolLecturer in Law2009 - Present
Have DreamsDinner Chair and supporter2007 - Present
ClearbrookDinner Co-chair and supporter2007 - Present
Holocaust Memorial Foundation of IllinoisDinner chair, committee member, and supporter2004 - Present
Northwestern UniversityAdjunct Professor2000 - 2003
University of Illinois College of LawRecent Alumni Advisory Counsel2000 - 2002
American Bar AssociationN/A1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Teflon LitigationCases dismissed
Imprelis MDLCases pending
YAZ®/Yasmin® Personal Injury LitigationLitigation Pending
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Illinois Law ReviewThe Taxation of Athletic Scholarships1991
Illinois Bar JournalRecent Decision, Burnham v. Superior Court1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Colgate UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Illinois College of Law Chicago ProgramThe Legal Profession2012
National Complex Litigation ConferenceMultidistrict Litigation (Conference Co-Chair)2012
Frontiers of Consumer ProtectionProduct Recalls2012
Annual ConferenceNational Foundation for Judicial Excellence: Admissibility of Expert Evidence at Class Certification2012