Allianz Structured Alpha Funds Litigation (S.D.N.Y. 2020-22)
Lead counsel for several major institutional investors who collectively lost billions of dollars when the Structured Alpha hedge funds managed by Allianz Global Investors U.S. collapsed in March 2020. Bartlit Beck also served as co-liaison counsel for a group of twenty plaintiffs for purposes of coordinating discovery with Allianz. The cases filed by our clients were settled on confidential terms. See Reuters article here.
Dyson, Inc. v. BISSELL Homecare, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
Trial counsel for BISSELL as defendant in a Lanham Act action brought by Dyson concerning vacuum cleaners. Case settled.
Pioneer Hi-Bred v. Monsanto (S.D. Iowa)
Trial counsel for Pioneer in patent infringement suit against Monsanto relating to corn seed production techniques. Case settled.
Tyco International Ltd. v. Kozlowski (S.D.N.Y.)
Trial counsel for Tyco in breach of fiduciary duty and conversion suit against former CEO. Case settled.
Franklin Strategic Income Fund, et al. v. Rigas, et al. (S.D.N.Y.)
Trial counsel for Deloitte and Touche LLP in federal securities suit related to Adelphia Communications Corp. Case settled
Cases Tried or Otherwise Taken to Judgment
Confidential AAA Arbitration
Trial counsel for "Big Four" accounting firm in AAA arbitration against hotel developer. Plaintiff alleged accountants' negligence in advising on ESOP and other tax issues. Case settled favorably during trial after cross-examination of plaintiff's witnesses.
Cloud Satchel v. Amazon.com (D. Del.)
Trial and appellate counsel for Amazon.com in patent infringement case relating to document database and retrieval technology and the Kindle portable reader. Won summary judgment of invalidity. Affirmed by the Federal Circuit.
UbiComm v. Zappos IP, Inc. (D. Del.)
Trial counsel for Zappos in patent infringement case relating to e-mail reminder systems. Won judgment of invalidity under Section 101 on a Rule 12 motion. UbiComm chose not to pursue an appeal. Read more here.
The FairPoint Communications, Inc. Litigation Trust v. Verizon Communications, Inc. (W.D.N.C.)
Trial counsel for Verizon in fraudulent conveyance action brought by a litigation trust. Case settled following two-week bench trial.
Tyco International Ltd. v. Swartz (S.D.N.Y.)
Trial counsel for Tyco in case against former CFO for improperly received compensation in the Southern District of New York. Obtained order in favor of Tyco after bench trial.
Acknowledgements, Presentations, and Publications
Complex Litigation Conference, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2016
Education & Honors
Northwestern University School of Law, 2008, J.D., magna cum laude
First in Class
John Paul Stevens Award for Academic Excellence
Order of the Coif
Raoul Berger Prize
Senior Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
Teaching Assistant, Constitutional Law
Northwestern University, 2001, B.A., magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
- Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States, 2010-2011
- Honorable David S. Tatel, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2008-2009
Awards & Recognition
Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2016, 2018
Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America 2022