Education & Honors

The University of Chicago Law School, 2009, J.D., with High Honors

Articles Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

Order of the Coif 

Kirkland & Ellis Scholar, awarded to the top five percent of the class

Lord, Bissell & Brook Prize for Outstanding Brief Writing

MVP2 Student Fellowship in Law & Economics

The University of Chicago, Economics, 2006, B.A., with Honors

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Diane P. Wood, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2009-2010 

Bar admissions



Robert B. Tannenbaum

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Professional Practice

Bartlit Beck LLP, 2013-Present, Partner (since 2016)

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, 2010-2013, Associate

Cases tried or otherwise taken to judgment

Las Vegas Hepatitis C Litigation (District Court, Clark County, Nevada)
Lead counsel and trial counsel for Defendants. Provided strategic direction, coordinated trial teams, and spent 30 days on trial, in litigation encompassing over 40 individual cases, pending before 20 different judges in state court in Las Vegas.  Plaintiffs were individuals who claimed to have contracted Hepatitis C during endoscopy procedures performed at clinics that were on Defendants' networks of approved healthcare providers.  Defendants were health plans and other entities affiliated with United Healthcare.  Bartlit Beck tried one case (Martin v. PacifiCare of Nevada, et al.), resulting in a favorable jury verdict and subsequent settlement of half of the pending cases.  Bartlit Beck began trying a second case (Paul v. Health Plan of Nevada, et al.), which settled one month into trial.

Other representative cases

Elliott Associates L.P. v. AbbVie Inc. (State Court, Illinois)
Lead counsel for various investment funds in fraud actions arising from AbbVie’s aborted $54 billion acquisition of Shire in 2014.

Aimco v. La Jolla Cove (Superior Court, San Diego, California)
Lead counsel for Aimco in a tortious inference case arising from competing claims to a large piece of oceanfront commercial real property in La Jolla, California.

Divorce Litigation
Co-lead counsel in divorce and related proceedings challenging the validity of a premarital agreement entered into prior to marriage by a multi-billionaire and his spouse. Matter settled during court-initiated negotiations at the start of trial.

Drapeau v. Citadel (D. Vt.)
Lead counsel for Citadel in a securities fraud case relating to an exchange-traded fund. Case was dismissed.

United States v. Microsoft Corp. (W.D. Wash.)
Trial counsel for Microsoft in summons-enforcement actions that the United States initiated in connection with the IRS’s audit of Microsoft.