Education & Honors

University of Chicago Law School, 2010, J.D., with High Honors

Order of the Coif

Kirkland & Ellis Scholarship Honors

Comment Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Constitutional Law, Professor Gerald Rosenberg

Harvard University, 2004, A.B., Government, magna cum laude

Honors thesis entitled:  Explaining Electoral Success of Post-Communist Parties in Eastern Europe through Structural Opportunities

2003-2004 All Ivy Scholar-Athlete Honors

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2010-2011 

Awards & Recognition

2018 Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List

Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2018

Bar admissions

Illinois 

Professional activities and community service

One Million Degrees Foundation, Associate Board 

Reid M. Bolton

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Professional Practice

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, 2011-Present, Partner (since 2016)

McKinsey & Company, Atlanta, 2004-2007, Consultant

Specialized in electrical energy production and distribution as well as governmental reform in emerging markets

Cases tried or otherwise taken to judgment

FortuNet Inc. v. Gaming Arts LLC (Clark County, NV 2017-18)
Lead trial counsel for Gaming Arts in breach of contract and unfair competition lawsuit related to sales agreement and bingo paper supply contract.  Successfully defeated FortuNet’s fraud claim after six day bench trial in February 2018.  Second phase of trial on Gaming Arts’ claims currently pending.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Texas Roadhouse (D. Mass. 2017)
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. Case settled very favorably before retrial.

Spirit AeroSystems v. Gulfstream (AAA / ICDR Arbitration, New York, NY 2014-2015)  
Trial counsel for Spirit Aero against Gulfstream.  Both parties alleged hundreds of millions of dollars of breach of contract damages.  After a three-week arbitration hearing that included opening statements and testimony from dozens of witnesses, the case settled on favorable terms before the Panel issued a ruling.

Confidential AAA Arbitration (New York, N.Y. 2012-2013)
Trial counsel for “Big Four” accounting firm in AAA arbitrations against former executives of Fortune 100 company.  Plaintiffs alleged our client’s tax shelter advice led to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Chicago Loop Parking v. City of Chicago (AAA arbitration 2012)
Pro Bono counsel for the City of Chicago in an arbitration that Chicago Loop Parking (Morgan Stanley) brought against the City in connection with the Millennium Park Garages.  In 2006, Morgan Stanley paid the City $563 million in exchange for a 99 year concession to operate the garages under Millennium Park and Grant Park on the City’s lakeshore.  Morgan Stanley filed a claim in arbitration for $200 million related to the City’s permitting the Aqua building (North of Millennium Park) to accept parkers whose destinations are outside of the Aqua building itself. The arbitration hearing was held in October 2012 before a panel of three arbitrators.  The Panel rejected Morgan Stanley's claim for $200 million and awarded $50.4 million in damages plus prejudgment interest. 

Baycol False Claims Act Litigation (District of Minnesota)
Counsel for Bayer in qui tam litigation brought by a former employee relating to Baycol.  On Bayer’s motion, Court dismissed suit with prejudice in 2011. 

Schindler Elevator v. Otis Elevator (District of New Jersey)
Counsel for Otis in patent infringement lawsuit concerning elevator belts.  Case was settled on favorable terms after the Markman hearing.

Acknowledgements, presentations, and publications

Anti-Dumping and Distrust:  Reducing Anti-Dumping Duties under the W.T.O. through Heightened Scrutiny, 29 Berkeley J. Int'l Law. 66 (2011)

The Legality of Traffic-Stop Prolongations After Herring:  Brief Delays as Isolated Negligence, 76 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1781 (2010)