Education & Honors

Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1997

James Kent Scholar

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Golden Key National Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha - National Political Science Honor Society

Awards & Recognition

2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Recognized in Benchmark Litigation:

2018 National & Local Litigation Star

2017 Litigation Star

2017 National Star for Product Liability

Top 250 Women in Litigation (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Recognized as one of Crain's Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago 2017

Recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer 2013-2015, 2018

Nominated to Who's Who Product Liability Defence 2015

LMG Life Sciences Star – 2016

Bar admissions

New York


United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Speaking Engagements, Presentations and Publications

Be the Expert Series: Gearing up for Trial - ABA Webinar Section of Antitrust Law, Civil Practice and Procedure and Trial Practice Committees (March 1, 2018)

Plaintiffs Playbook Reprised: How to Best Deal with Past Transgressions and Other Accusations - DRI Drug & Medical Device Conference (May 2017)

Global Women’s Leadership Roundtable on Confidence - Tiara Coaching (May 2016)

Trying the class action: Opportunities and challenges for plaintiffs and defendants: Should strategies between class certification briefings and trial be different? - LSI Twelfth Annual Conference on Class Actions (Seattle, WA May 2016)

Current State of the Law on Ascertainability and Standing - Consumer Class Action Conference (Orange County, CA Jan. 2016)

Client Expectations and How To Assess Value - IADC/FDCC Joint Law Firm Management Conference (Chicago, IL May 2013)

Spinning a Yarn: Trial Theme, Selection, and Persuasion in Jury Trials - DRI Products Liability Conference (National Harbor, MD April 2013)

Showdown: Products Masters Demonstrate Their Closing Styles (Jury Consultant and Mock Jurors Evaluated Ms. Bacon and two other attorneys perform closing arguments) - DRI Products Liability Conference (National Harbor, MD April 2013)

Analyzing Products Liability Trends Outside the U.S. - Coordinating Litigation Efforts Across International Jurisdictions - 17th Annual DRI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference (December 2012)

Class Certification Trends and Motions to Dismiss Class Allegations - Second Annual LSI Conference on Litigating Class Actions (Chicago, IL December 2012)       

International Discovery: Understanding and Dealing with Foreign Discovery Requirements - ALI ABA Webinar (November 2012)           

Tech Savvy Jurors in a High Tech World: Strategies for Addressing Juror Misconduct - 20th Annual IADC Meeting (Asheville, NC July 2012)

How the Explosion of Social Media, Cloud Computing and New Forms of DTC Marketing are Changing the Products Liability Playing Field - 15th Anniversary Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference (December 2011)

Featured in “Facing The Alternative: How Does A Flat Fee System Really Work?” - ABA Journal (March 1, 2011)

Social Media: The Impact on Pharma - Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference of the American Conference Institute (New York, NY December 2010)

Handling Trial Themes in Difficult Cases - Women in Products Liability Conference (Chicago, IL 2009)

Disappearing Act: When a dot-com fails, creditors may find they have few legal protections if insiders try to loot the company's virtual assets - The Daily Deal (June 6, 2000)

Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet - New York Law Journal (July 20, 1998) (with Dale M. Cendali)

Business on the Web: Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet, The Multimedia and Web Strategist (July and August, 1998) (with Dale M. Cendali)

Professional activities and community service

Member, The Chicago Network (nominated 2014)

Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)(2011-present)

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, High Tech Trial Techniques (2011-2014)

The Balanced Mind Foundation, Board of Directors (2011-2013)

Young Women's City Council of the Jewish United Fund (2012-present)

Legal Aid Society Board for Metropolitan Family Services (2013-present)

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon

Chicago Office
Courthouse Place
54 West Hubbard Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
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Professional Practice

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon tries and litigates complex cases for Fortune 500 clients. With over 20 years of experience, Rebecca has represented companies in some of their most important cases on a variety of claims: pharmaceutical products liability claims, antitrust cases, consumer class actions, and commercial disputes. She is an expert legal strategist with extensive trial experience, as well as the business sophistication and acumen to know when and how to obtain the best possible settlement for her clients.

Rebecca tried one of the only consumer class action cases to go to trial, which resulted in a defense verdict for Whirlpool. She also tried three “pattern and practice” employment discrimination case to go to trial brought by the EEOC against Texas Roadhouse. She is currently leading the team defending FedEx Ground against sweeping claims by the EEOC relating to their treatment of deaf package handlers. She serves on trial teams for bellwether cases in pharmaceutical companies’ most important mass torts. She has tried and is slated to try pelvic mesh trials for Johnson and Johnson in 2019 and 2020.

Her representation of Bayer in the WeightSmart litigation led to one of the seminal class action decisions related to ascertainability. In this case, her leadership resulted in appellate review of the only certified state class which she argued before the Third Circuit. The Third Circuit reversed the class certification decision and denied plaintiffs’ request for rehearing.

Rebecca is a nationally recognized attorney. She is Chambers ranked, named one of Crain’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago (2017), a Benchmark Litigation National and Local Litigation Star, and one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation for many years, including 2019 and on the Lawdragon 500. Rebecca served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law for three years where she taught a class on trial advocacy, and she has published and presented on a wide range of topics related to high-stakes litigation.

Rebecca graduated from Columbia University School of Law as a Kent and Stone Scholar and earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA with honors.

Rebecca named by Crain's as one of Chicago's Most Influential Women Lawyers

Law 360 Interviews Female Powerbroker Rebecca Weinstein Bacon

Alternative Fee Discussion featuring Rebecca Weinstein Bacon from the ABA Journal

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon to interview Kelly McNamara Corley, GC of Discover Financial at Step Up Power Breakfast


Pearson Family Foundation v. University of Chicago (N.D. Okla.)
Representing the University of Chicago in dispute arising from $100 million grant agreement.

EEOC v. Texas Roadhouse (U.S. District Court, D. Massachusetts)
Trial counsel for landmark pattern or practice age discrimination claim brought by EEOC against national restaurant chain. After three-week jury trial in January 2017, case ended in a mistrial because jury was deadlocked after deliberating for one week. Law360 coverage here. Retrial set for May 2017.

In re: Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation (U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio) Trial counsel, along with Phil Beck, in bellwether consumer class action trial of plaintiffs’ claims of design defect and breach of implied warranty. After three and a half week jury trial, jury deliberated less than two hours before returning complete defense verdict.

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In re Drywall MDL (E.D. Pa.)
Rebecca leads a team defending a drywall manufacturer against Sherman Act price fixing claims related to its drywall business. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by conspiring to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize prices for gypsum drywall. This multidistrict litigation matter was consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

YAZ®/Yasmin® Litigation National counsel and trial counsel for Bayer in litigation alleging personal injuries caused by the oral contraceptives YAZ® and Yasmin®.  Cases pending in federal and state courts.  MDL in Illinois.

  • Schuchert v. Bayer (S.D. Ill.):  Selected as trial counsel to represented Bayer in the first stroke case set for trial in the YAZ®/Yasmin® federal multi-district litigation. Case settled prior to trial.
  • Reagh v. Bayer (Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania):  Chosen to first chair second stroke case set for trial in coordinated proceedings pending in state court in Philadelphia. Case settled before trial.

Chicago Loop Parking vs. The City of Chicago (2012)
Rebecca headed the defense of a $200 million breach of contract claim brought by a Morgan Stanley entity related to its lease of the City’s downtown parking garages.  While liability was conceded prior to trial, Rebecca tried the case to three arbitrators and succeeded in reducing damages from more than $200 million sought to $58 million.  This case is currently being appealed in state court.  The case involved complex causation and damages issues.

In re: Trasylol Litigation
National counsel for Bayer in products liability cases in state and federal court involving Trasylol, a drug used during coronary bypass surgery.  Rebecca took and defended key depositions, including expert depositions that led to their Daubert exclusion. 

WeightSmart® Litigation
National counsel for Bayer in consumer fraud class action lawsuits relating to OneADay® vitamins.  Successfully defeated nationwide class certification motion under New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.  The District Court later certified a Florida-only class. The Third Circuit took the 23(f) appeal and reversed and remanded the District Court based on Bayer’s argument that the class was not ascertainable.  The plaintiffs petitioned rehearing en banc, but in a 9-4 opinion, the Third Circuit denied the request for rehearing.

Click here to read Law360 article.  Click here for audio of Third Circuit argument.  Click here to read the Third Circuit's opinion.

In re Teflon® Product Liability Litigation
National counsel for DuPont in more than 20 class action lawsuits related to Teflon®-coated cookware.  Successfully defeated class certification motion.  Court denied plaintiffs leave for appeal.  Cases voluntarily dismissed with prejudice.

Baycol® Litigation
National counsel for Bayer in products liability litigation related to the anti-cholesterol drug Baycol®.  Cases pending throughout the country were consolidated in federal court in Minnesota. 

Haltom v. Bayer Corp.
Trial counsel for Bayer in products liability case involving Baycol.  Plaintiff sought $560 million in actual and punitive damages.  After a one-month jury trial in state court in Corpus Christi, Texas, the jury returned a verdict for Bayer on all issues.

DuPont v. Cardinal Healthcare 200, Inc.
Represented DuPont in breach of contract and promissory estoppel case relating to DuPont’s business that makes fabric for surgical drapes and gowns.  Case settled favorably just before trial.

Hoover v. BISSELL Inc.
Represented BISSELL Inc. in patent infringement and trade dress suit brought by Hoover involving a nozzle configuration for vacuums.  Case settled favorably.

B.J. Services v. Halliburton Energy Services
Represented Halliburton in patent infringement case related to methods for fracturing subterranean formations to stimulate oil and gas recovery.  Hired to try case ninety days before trial.  After month-long jury trial, jury found for B.J. Services and awarded less than 25% of damages sought. 

Guidant Corp. v. Boston Scientific Corp. 
Represented Guidant in contract dispute involving drug-eluting coronary stent technology.

Residential Funding Corp. (GMAC) v. DeGeorge Financial Corp.
Represented Residential Funding in jury trial in lender liability case involving an agreement to purchase home construction loans.  Jury returned a verdict for Residential Funding on all issues and awarded Residential Funding $96 million in damages.  Case listed as one of the Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts for 2001 by The National Law Journal.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., et al. v. Scour, Inc.
Defended Scour against copyright infringement suit brought by members of The Recording Industry of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Music Publishers Association.

Precor, Inc. v. Life Fitness
Represented Brunswick Corp. subsidiary in jury trial relating to exercise treadmill patent and unfair competition dispute.  Jury verdict for Precor.  Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part.

BISSELL v. Oreck
Represented BISSELL in multiple patent and trade dress infringement and unfair competition actions.  Cases settled favorably.

Hubbell Steel v. Dun & Bradstreet; Gibraltar Steel v. Dun & Bradstreet
Represented Dun & Bradstreet in actions for tort and breach of contract relating to Dun & Bradstreet’s reporting services.  Case settled favorably.

University of Chicago v. Chou
Defended University of Chicago in suit claiming that a researcher was wrongfully denied credit as co-inventor of herpes vaccine.  Case dismissed by federal district court in Chicago.  Briefed and argued appeal to Federal Circuit.  Case reversed in part and remanded in part.  Case settled favorably.