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Adam J. Levitt

Class action Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    New Mexico - NM < 1 year
    North Carolina - NC < 1 year
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 1 year
    New York - NY 11 years
    Illinois - IL 30 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State NM
    Acquired 2023
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State NC
    Acquired 2023
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State DC
    Acquired 2023
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Adam

Learn Adam’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Class action
    45%
    My class action, complex commercial litigation, and mass tort practice is focused on the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, biotechnology, and agricultural law, in federal and state courts nationwide.

  2. Litigation
    20%
    My class action, complex commercial litigation, and mass tort practice is focused on the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, biotechnology, and agricultural law, in federal and state courts nationwide.

  3. Securities and investment fraud
    20%
    My class action, complex commercial litigation, and mass tort practice is focused on the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, biotechnology, and agricultural law, in federal and state courts nationwide.

  4. Antitrust and trade law
    15%
    My class action, complex commercial litigation, and mass tort practice is focused on the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, securities, biotechnology, and agricultural law, in federal and state courts nationwide.

A founding partner of DiCello Levitt Gutzler, Adam is one of the nation’s leading advocates for plaintiffs in class action, mass tort, public client, and commercial litigation.

An experienced litigator in automotive defect litigation, he is currently lead or co-lead counsel in several notable nationwide automotive litigations (MDL and otherwise), including Johnson, et al. v. Ford Motor Co. (Ford Sudden Acceleration) (S.D.W. Va.); In re Navistar Maxxforce Engines, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litig. (N.D. Ill.); In re MyFord Touch Consumer Litig. (N.D. Cal.); and Sloan v. General Motors LLC (N.D. Cal.). He is also an Executive Committee member in In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litig. (S.D.N.Y.), a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Member in In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litig. (N.D. Cal.), and represents the State of New Mexico in litigation against Volkswagen and Takata concerning emissions representations and defective airbags, respectively.

In addition to his automotive cases, Adam serves as Lead Counsel in In re Wells Fargo ERISA 401(k) Litig. (D. Minn.). Moreover, as co-lead counsel in three of the largest biotechnology class actions in history, he recovered more than $1.7 billion: In re Genetically Modified Rice Litig. (securing settlements exceeding $1.1 billion); In re Imprelis Herbicide, Sales Practice and Products Liability Litig. ($550 million settlement); and In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litig. ($110 million settlement).

Adam is an appointed member of the Advisory Council of the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and President of the Class Action Trial Lawyers—a division of the National Trial Lawyers—of which he is an Executive Committee Member. He is also an elected member of the Economic Club of Chicago, sits on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.

Adam is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers for the past several years, acknowledged by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and named “Litigator of the Week” by American Lawyer Magazine. He has testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee on class action practice and, as a recognized leader in the practice, chairs an annual class action litigation conference in Chicago.

Location

DiCello Levitt LLP
Ten North Dearborn Street
Sixth Floor
Chicago, IL, 60602
DiCello Levitt LLP
485 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1001
New York, NY, 10017
DiCello Levitt LLP
8160 Norton Parkway
Mentor, OH, 44060
DiCello Levitt LLP
1101 17th Street, N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, DC, 20036
DiCello Levitt LLP
505 20th Street North
Fifteenth Floor
Birmingham, AL, 35203
DiCello Levitt LLP
4747 Executive Drive
Suite 240
San Diego, CA, 92121
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Posted by Judy and John | May 25, 2010
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Levitt is an outstanding attorney. He handled a large class action case for us in regards to an educational loan company. From the moment we met Adam, we knew we made the right choice. He is very personable and continually kept us up to date during the entire process. We recently found out we won our case. Adam did a fabulous job representing us and the entire group involved in the suit.. Not once did we doubt his experience. We enjoyed getting to know Adam and highly recommend him to anyone. It was a pleasure to do business with him. We had the greatest faith in Adam and will reach out to his services again, if needed. We cannot say enough great things about Attorney Levitt! He is the best.
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Posted by Barry | May 15, 2010
Excellent Attorney
Adam is assisting me with a consumer problem relating to one of the nation's largest banks. After reviewing my issues with the bank, he filed a class action on my behalf. He has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills, knowledge and expertise. When he makes a commitment or tells me that he is going to do something, he does so in a timely and professional manner. He keeps his word. Adam lets me know what is happening, makes certain that I am informed as to the status of the case and each new development. He explains the issues, process, strategy and next steps. He has a strong commitment to providing quality work, a true professional. And perhaps most important, Adam displays a genuine interest in helping me. Adam is an attorney who obviously cares about his clients. I would strongly recommend him to anyone that needs his type of expertise and services.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • DiCello Levitt LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Director
  • Grant & Eisenhofer, PA
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC
  • 2000 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Miller Faucher Cafferty and Wexler
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Cherry & Flynn
  • 1995 - 1997
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Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Columbia College, Columbia University
  • A.B. (magna cum laude)
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Siqueiros v. General Motors LLC, Case No. 16-7244 (N.D. Cal.)
  • $102.6 million plaintiffs' verdict -- 100% of amount requested
  • In re Navistar Maxxforce Engines Mktg, Sales Practices and Prods Liab. Litig., No. 1:14-cv-10318 (N.D. Ill.)
  • $135 million settlement
  • Champs Sports Bar & Grill Co. et al v. Mercury Payment Systems, LLC, Case No. 1:16-cv-00012-MHC (N.D. Ga.)
  • $72,500,000 settlement
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Associations

  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Class Action Trial Lawyers
  • President
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Chicago Lawyer chapter)
  • Board of Advisors
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Law Institute
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
  • Pandemic Protocols Working Group Committee Member
  • 2020 - 2023
  • Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies
  • Advisory Council
  • 2015 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • National Litigation Star -- Securities
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2023
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • National Litigation Star -- Securities
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2022
  • 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers
  • Lawdragon
  • 2022
  • Products Liability: Plaintiffs -- USA
  • Chambers USA
  • 2022
  • Litigation: General Commercial -- Illinois
  • Chambers USA
  • 2022
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Litigation: Mainly Plaintiffs -- Illinois (Band 1)
  • Chambers USA
  • 2022
  • Profile Series of Plaintiffs' Bar Leaders
  • The National Law Journal
  • 2022
  • 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
  • Lawdragon
  • 2022
  • Litigation: Mainly Plaintiffs -- Illinois (Band 1)
  • Chambers USA
  • 2021
  • National Litigation Star -- Securities
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Illinois Litigation Star
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2021
  • Notable Gen X Leader in Accounting, Consulting, and Law
  • Crain's Chicago Business
  • 2021
  • Litigation: General Commercial -- Illinois
  • Chambers USA
  • 2021
  • Product Liability: Plaintiffs -- USA
  • Chambers USA
  • 2021
  • 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers
  • Lawdragon
  • 2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Plaintiffs' Lawyers Trailblazer
  • The National Law Journal
  • 2020
  • Crisis Management Trailblazer
  • The National Law Journal
  • 2020
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Plaintiffs' Lawyers Trailblazer
  • The National Law Journal
  • 2018
  • Elite Boutique Trailblazer
  • The National Law Journal
  • 2018
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2018
  • Professional Scholarship Award
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • 2017
  • Finest Law Firm Writer
  • The Burton Awards
  • 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Angeion Leading Litigator Video Series
  • Angeion Group, LLC
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyers -- Litigation
  • ALM
  • 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Illinois SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Litigator of the Week
  • American Lawyer Magazine
  • 2011
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in the United States
  • Lawdragon
  • 2011
  • Legal Elite
  • Avenue Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV-Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 Years Old
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Valparaiso University Law Review
  • The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Price Overhang Damages in Commodity Crop Cases
  • 2017
  • AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2016
  • Avoiding the Substantiation Trap in Health Benefit Product Claims
  • 2016
  • New York Law Journal
  • Taming the Metadata Beast
  • 2008
  • The Class Act
  • The Big Business Wish List: Proposed Illinois Supreme Court Rule 225 and the Demolition of Consumer Rights
  • 2005
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Foreign Investors Serving as Lead Plaintiffs in U.S.-Based Securities Cases
  • 2005
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Proposed Rule 225: A Death Warrant for Class Actions in Illinois
  • 2005
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • An Illinois Lawyer's Guide to Service of Process in Mexico
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • DiCello Levitt Webinar
  • Credit Suisse AT1 Bondholders Litigation (U.S.) Update
  • 2023
  • Class Action Preservation Project
  • Class Actions: From Verdict to Judgment and Beyond
  • 2023
  • Preventing Fraud in Settlement Funds
  • Plenary Section/Report of Findings
  • 2022
  • Fraud Prevention Conference
  • Cybersecurity Breakout Session
  • 2020
  • Everlaw "Fireside Chat" Webinar Series
  • Emerging Claims and Trends in COVID-19 Litigation
  • 2020
  • Class Action Landscape in a Post-Covid World
  • Angeion Group Leading Litigators Zoominar
  • 2020
  • Trial Lawyers Summit 2013
  • Fighting the Class Action Battle: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Filing the Class Certification Motion
  • 2013
  • Grant & Eisenhofer Consumer Litigation Breakfast Briefing
  • Current Trends in Consumer Litigation
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference
  • Disaster Averted, Mass Tort Resolved -- Settling Mass Tort Disaster Cases
  • 2013
  • 2013 National Consumer Class Action Litigation & Management Conference
  • Manifestation of Defect That Causes Actual Injury in Economic Defect Related Class Actions
  • 2013
  • Trial Lawyers Summit
  • Trial Lawyers and Class Actions: Protecting Consumers and Elevating Your Practice
  • 2012
  • Illinois Association of County Clerks & Recorders -- Annual Conference
  • MERS Litigation: Justice for Illinois Counties
  • 2012
  • HarrisMartin TVM/Actos Litigation Conference
  • Class Actions in Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • 2012
  • Class Actions -- Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives
  • The Evolution of Class Action Notice
  • 2012
  • 38th NOVA Conference
  • Class Action Litigation and Victim Services
  • 2012
  • LSI -- Litigating Class Actions (Seattle)
  • Modifying Your Approach for Multi-State Class Actions
  • 2011
  • HB Litigation Conferences
  • Imprelis Herbicide Litigation Spotlight
  • 2011
  • American Association for Justice, Summer Conference
  • Ethical Implications of Class Action and Mass Tort Settlements
  • 2011
  • 11th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium
  • Current Developments in Consumer Protection Litigation
  • 2011
  • IICLE 2008 Class Action Institute
  • Securities Litigation Update
  • 2008
  • Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2007
  • Legal Strategies to Fight Negative Effects of Genetic Engineering
  • 2007
  • Financial Management Association -- 2005 Conference
  • Corporate Governance Developments
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Class action Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is very bright and organized. A leader in the Class Action world. He has a history of protecting the rights of consumers thru out this country. You want him on your team. I am lucky to call him my friend."
Class action Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is one of the top class action litigators in the country. He has obtained excellent results in a wide variety of class action matters."
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Chicago Class action Lawyer Adam J. Levitt
Adam J. Levitt
Class action Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 30 years