Education & Honors

The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2013, with High Honors

Order of the Coif

Kirkland & Ellis Scholar

Lynde and Harry Bradley Student Fellow, 2012-2013

Executive Topics and Comments Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

The University of Chicago, B.A., 2007, with Honors 

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Paul J. Watford, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2013-2014 

Bar admissions

Illinois

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional activities and community service

Great Lakes Academy Charter School, Board Member

Joshua P. Ackerman

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Professional Practice

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, 2014-Present, Associate

McKinsey & Company, Engagement Manager, 2007-2010 

Current representations

In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litigation (Federal Court, E.D. Pa.)
Defending the leading U.S. drywall manufacturer against allegations that drywall manufacturers conspired to fix prices for gypsum drywall. This multidistrict litigation matter was consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Cole v. Asurion and T-Mobile (Federal Court, Ninth Circuit)
Representing Asurion and T-Mobile in objector’s appeal from district court’s approval of settlement of a consumer class action related to cell-phone insurance.

CASES TRIED OR OTHERWISE TAKEN TO JUDGMENT

Mass. Mutual Life Ins. Co. Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Litigation (Federal Court, D. Mass.) Represented MassMutual in its actions under the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, against underwriters Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, arising from their sales of residential mortgage-backed securities to MassMutual in 2005-2007. Credit Suisse settled after four weeks of trial, taking an additional $79.5 million charge to earnings because of the settlement payment. Goldman Sachs settled shortly thereafter.

Other representative cases

High 5 Games, LLC v. IGT (Federal Court, N.D. Ill.)
Trial counsel for leading casino-style game developer IGT in breach of contract and trademark dispute with supplier.  The dispute involved the parties’ respective rights and obligations related to intellectual property created under their game development agreement.  Case settled.

ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al. (Federal Court, E.D. Tex.)
Trial counsel for Amazon.com in a patent infringement suit about Amazon’s use of digital rights management technology.  Case settled favorably shortly before trial. 

PRO BONO REPRESENTATIONS

Kenyatta Brown v. Monaka Williams and John R. Baldwin (Federal Court, N.D. Ill.)
Pro bono trial counsel in civil rights action related to prison official's retaliation against Mr. Brown for exercising his First Amendment rights.

In re Estate of M.T. (Kankakee Cty., Ill. Cir. Ct.)
Pro bono counsel for allegedly disabled adult in contested guardianship proceeding. Successfully obtained revocation of temporary guardianship order and withdrawal of petition for permanent guardianship.

Curtis Fisher v. Department of Corrections, et al. (Federal Court, Ninth Circuit)
Lead pro bono appellate counsel in civil rights action related to defendants’ refusal to allow Mr. Fisher to exercise his Constitutional right to marry. Case settled favorably, and Mr. Fisher was able to marry his fiancée.

PUBLICATIONS

The Unintended Federalism Consequences of the Affordable Care Act’s Insurance Market Reforms, Pace Law Review (2014)

A Common Law Approach to D&O Insurance “In Fact” Exclusion Disputes, University of Chicago Law Review (2012)