DICELLO LEVITT - Key Persons


Adam J. Levitt

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Adam's strategic risk taking in high-profile cases has paid off in billions of dollars for his clients. Adam's strategic risk taking in high-profile cases has paid off in billions of dollars for his clients. Adam Levitt has scored important wins leading dozens of significant litigations on behalf of individuals, businesses, and public clients and has built a firm that reflects his resolve for justice in all its dimensions. One of the nation's leading advocates for plaintiffs in complex multidistrict, commercial, public client, and class action litigations, Adam has delivered nearly $20 billion in recoveries to clients in biotechnology, financial services, insurance coverage, consumer protection, automotive defects, agricultural products, antitrust, and securities disputes. Adam‘s reputation for innovatively taking on tough cases has led to his appointment by State Attorneys General in the largest ongoing environmental PFAS water contamination cases of our time, and the historic litigation arising from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, where, as a court-appointed member of a leadership group characterized as a "class action dream team," he helped to secure a $16 billion settlement that benefitted car buyers across the United States. Adam has also served as co-lead counsel in three of the largest biotechnology class actions in history. He secured $1.1 billion in settlements resulting from contamination of the U.S. rice supply with genetically modified seeds; helped to obtain a $550 million settlement on behalf of landowners and landscapers in a class action involving tree and other foliage death and harm caused by an herbicide; and recovered $110 million for farmers who sustained market losses on corn crops from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with genetically modified corn. In addition to securing significant financial relief for his clients, Adam's work has changed how biotechnology class action cases are litigated in the U.S. He co-created a game-changing economic model to measure crop contamination damages that set the modern industry standard. Adam's groundbreaking work on behalf of plaintiffs has been recognized locally and nationally in prestigious ranking directories, including Chambers USA, where he received a Band 1 ranking for Mainly Plaintiffs Litigation in Illinois. Chambers USA also ranked Adam in Illinois for General Commercial Litigation and nationwide for Product Liability Litigation, where the editors describe him as the "go-to plaintiffs' attorney in the class actions space." In 2021 and 2022, Benchmark Litigation awarded Adam National Litigation Star: Securities and Litigation Star in Illinois. According to The National Law Journal, Adam is a "pioneer" in technology litigation, and Crain's Chicago Business named him a 2021 Notable Gen X Leader in Accounting, Consulting, and Law. An elected member of the American Law Institute and the Economic Club of Chicago, Adam considers the formation of DiCello Levitt Gutzler in 2017 to be a pivotal moment in his decades-long legal career. With a shared vision, foundation of trust, and commitment to holding large companies accountable for injuries caused by their products and practices, he and his partners intend to maintain their industry-wide influence and successful track record for years to come. Practice Areas Agriculture and Biotechnology

Adam Prom

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Adam Prom is an experienced litigator who represents clients in federal and state litigations and arbitrations across the United States. He has litigated a wide variety of class action and other complex litigation cases, including product liability, consumer protection, privacy, False Claims Act qui tam, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, securities, and other statutory claims. He has represented individuals, small and large businesses, and public entities that have been harmed by others' unscrupulous business practices, routinely taking cases from inception through trial and settlement. Beyond his class action work and trial experience, Adam has successfully recovered settlements for individual consumers in arbitration, and he led and won a multi-day arbitration on behalf of a Chicago business against a multi-billion dollar group of trusts. Adam has demonstrated a commitment to serving underrepresented communities, having volunteered as a mentor for high school students at the Legal Prep Charter Academy, an open-enrollment public high school in Chicago. Adam also works with Justice Defenders, a registered UK charity and U.S. nonprofit, working to provide legal education, training, and practice to African prisoners denied due process. Teaching prisoners the art of storytelling in legal advocacy helps them advance their cases within the criminal justice systems of several African nations. Practice Areas Agriculture and Biotechnology

Allison Griffith

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Allison advocates for those who have been injured by wrongful conduct from an individual's negligence, defective medical devices or drugs, environmental contamination, and civil rights abuses. Allison advocates for those who have been injured by wrongful conduct from an individual's negligence, defective medical devices or drugs, environmental contamination, and civil rights abuses. Allison was also a member of the University of Alabama School of Law's Mediation Clinic. In that role, she served as the lead mediator on an array of family court matters, including divorce, child support, visitation, alimony, and property distribution. She is now a registered mediator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. Allison also serves on the Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Executive Committee.

Amy E. Keller

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Cybersecurity Practice Chair
  • Member of the American Law Institute
Amy has successfully recovered billions for consumers across the country by litigating some of the nation's most complex and costly data security and privacy cases. Amy has successfully recovered billions for consumers across the country by litigating some of the nation's most complex and costly data security and privacy cases. Amy Keller has held leadership positions in a variety of complex litigations across the U.S., where she has successfully litigated high-profile and costly data security and consumer privacy cases. As the firm's Privacy, Technology, and Cybersecurity practice chair, she is the youngest woman ever appointed to serve as co-lead class counsel in a nationwide class action. In the multidistrict litigation against Equifax related to its 2017 data breach, Amy represented nearly 150 million class members and helped to secure a $1.5 billion settlement, working alongside federal and state regulators to impose important security practice changes to protect consumer data. Amy has represented consumers against industry titans like Apple, Marriott, Electrolux, and BMW, securing victories against each. Her numerous other leadership positions have required sophistication in not only understanding complex legal theories, but also in presenting multifaceted strategies and damages modeling to ensure favorable results. For example, in leading a nationwide class action related to a data breach that exposed the confidential information of nearly 300 million individuals, Amy worked with her team to develop an argument recognized by the trial court that the loss of someone's personal information, alone, could trigger financial liability. In another matter, Amy defended her team's victory all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, ensuring that consumers would be able to band together as a class when a company defrauds them for small amounts individually that are worth millions of dollars in the aggregate. Amy is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a two-time chair of the Chicago Bar Association Class Action Committee, where she gave a number of presentations on topics impacting large-scale consumer class actions, including presentations on emerging legal issues in privacy cases. Ms. Keller is recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star," and is a board member and Executive Committee member of Public Justice, a not-for-profit legal advocacy organization. She is also a member of the Sedona Conference's Working Group 11, which focuses on advancing the law on issues surrounding technology, privacy, artificial intelligence, and data security, and she is also on drafting teams for both Model Data Breach Notification Principles and Statutory Remedies and the California Consumer Privacy Act. Amy is the Data Breach and Cybersecurity Practice Group Committee Chair for the American Association for Justice and previously served on the Cybersecurity & Privacy Editorial Advisory Board for Law360, where she brought plaintiff counsel's perspective to the publication's analysis of technology lawsuits. Amy recognizes that her civic responsibilities extend beyond her profession and is active in not-for-profit organizations in her community. She is on the production team and is a writer and dancer for the Chicago Bar Association's annual Bar Show, now in its 97 th year. She is a past president and now Preservation Committee Chair of the Chicago Art Deco Society, where she has been recognized by the City of Chicago and Landmarks Illinois for her leadership in landmark preservation efforts and grassroots community advocacy. DiCello Levitt Technology, Privacy, and Cybersecurity practice chair Amy Keller was interviewed by leading business, legal, and trade publications over the past several days regarding

Anna Claire Skinner

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Anna Claire is part of the DiCello Levitt team working with several states in investigating and addressing poly- and perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination. DiCello Levitt's PFAS team, along with other Special Assistant Attorneys General and the Illinois Attorney General, most recently filed a lawsuit against 3M for PFAS contamination from its facility in Cordova, IL. Cases involving these "forever chemicals" will have wide-reaching implications for state governments and their residents. Anna Claire also works with communities that have been impacted by years of exposure to polluted air, water, and soil. Recently, Anna Claire and DiCello Levitt's environmental team joined with co-counsel in representing several residents and former residents of Union, Illinois in filing suit against companies responsible for polluting the groundwater with carcinogenic chlorinated solvents. Anna Claire is also part of the team leading a class action on behalf of the residents of Rockton, Illinois and surrounding communities for property damages they sustained following a catastrophic fire at a local chemical factory. In addition to her environmental work, Anna Claire also helps clients develop and maintain safety and health programs that meet all of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's regulatory requirements and ensure all employees enjoy safe and healthful workplaces. She regularly counsels clients when compliance and litigation questions arise under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Outside of the office, Anna Claire continues her work on environmental-related issues by serving as co-chair of the Kentucky Bar Association's Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources section. She also focuses on giving back to her community through her participation on the executive committee of the Living Arts and Science Center Board of Directors. Practice Areas Environmental Justice

Bruce D. Bernstein

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Bruce is widely recognized as a leading litigator of complex civil actions as a result of his extensive experience and numerous successes in representing the federal government and private parties. Bruce is widely recognized as a leading litigator of complex civil actions as a result of his extensive experience and numerous successes in representing the federal government and private parties. Bruce Bernstein has successfully handled a wide range of commercial litigation including suits against large banks, mortgage lenders, automobile manufacturers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers, and healthcare systems. He has successfully litigated these matters at all levels, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. As a Trial Attorney in the Civil Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bruce investigated, litigated, and resolved complex qui tam actions asserting claims under the False Claims Act. In addition, on behalf of the United States, he oversaw the litigation of a large action, pending in Germany, asserting securities fraud-type claims against a multinational automobile manufacturer, which was brought to recover losses incurred by the Federal Thrift Savings Plan, one of the largest defined contribution plans in the world. In private practice, he successfully litigated some of the largest securities fraud actions ever filed. Bruce was a pivotal member of the team that secured significant decisions from the Third Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court in the securities class action against Merck & Co., Inc., which arose out of Merck's alleged misrepresentations about the cardiovascular safety of its painkiller drug Vioxx. That action was ultimately resolved for more than $1 billion, which at the time of its resolution, was the largest securities recovery ever achieved on behalf of investors against a pharmaceutical company. Bruce has also served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and taught written and oral advocacy. Separately, he has authored and co-authored a number of articles on developments in the federal securities laws, including co-authoring, along with several former colleagues, the first chapter of Lexis/Nexis's seminal industry guide Litigating Securities Class Actions (2010 and 2012). Practice Areas Class Action Litigation

Cassandra Hadwen

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Christopher Stombaugh

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Christopher has been a consistent thought leader, applying cognitive neuroscience techniques to trial advocacy for most of his 25-year career. Christopher has been a consistent thought leader, applying cognitive neuroscience techniques to trial advocacy for most of his 25-year career.

Chuck Dender - Chief Legal Officer

Job Titles:
  • Senior Counsel
From aggrieved investors to whistleblowers, Chuck puts his successful track record to work representing plaintiffs in complex litigation matters. From aggrieved investors to whistleblowers, Chuck puts his successful track record to work representing plaintiffs in complex litigation matters. Chuck Dender is an experienced litigator who has practiced at two of the country's largest law firms. With a demonstrable record of excellence and a track record of success for his clients, the foundation of Chuck's broad litigation experience was formed while defending some of the most significant commercial litigation matters in the U.S. over the last two-plus decades. While Chuck began his litigation career on the defense side of the table, he is a plaintiffs' attorney at heart. He now represents plaintiffs exclusively. With a background that includes membership in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chuck has personally experienced what it's like to be a plaintiff in need of outstanding legal representation. Chuck's legal expertise is enhanced by his MBA, with a specialization in finance and quantitative finance from the New York University Stern School of Business. This additional accreditation and education gives Chuck a unique advantage when it comes to identifying issues related to financial crimes and damages issues, including working with economists and other expert witnesses. As proof of this point, Chuck played a key role in presenting the damages model of one of the largest financial institutions in the world after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holding, Inc.

Corban S. Rhodes

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Corban S. Rhodes is at the forefront of law and technology, advocating for consumers in cybersecurity and data privacy matters. Corban S. Rhodes is at the forefront of law and technology, advocating for consumers in cybersecurity and data privacy matters. Corban Rhodes litigates cybersecurity and data privacy matters on behalf of consumers. Working at the intersection of law and technology, Corban focuses on cases that involve the intentional misuse or misappropriation of consumer data and data breaches caused by negligence or malfeasance. He has served on the litigation teams of some of the country's most historic and groundbreaking data privacy cases. These include the historic $650 million settlement in the Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation matter; the largest consumer data privacy settlement ever in the U.S.; and the first case to claim biometric privacy rights of consumers under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Corban also represented consumers in the Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Breach Security Litigation, which stemmed from the largest known data breach in history. He currently represents consumers in pivotal web browser privacy cases, including Calhoun v. Google and the Google RTB Consumer Privacy Litigation.

Daniel R. Ferri

Job Titles:
  • Partner
CHICAGO - DiCello Levitt Gutzler is pleased to announce the promotion of Daniel Ferri to Partner. A respected commercial litigator, Dan represents clients in a wide array of matters,

Daniel R. Flynn

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Dan Flynn represents governmental entities, individual consumers, and corporate clients-all with one primary goal in mind: ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. His stewardship ensures not only that polluters be held responsible for contamination and clean-up, but that corporate entities understand their responsibilities under state and federal environmental laws. As a result of his advocacy in advising corporations on compliance, Dan's clients lead their respective industries in environmental stewardship efforts under a number of rules and regulations including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Dan assists corporate entities, governmental agencies, and the public by ensuring that companies that have contaminated the environment and violated regulations take responsibility for their actions. Through contribution and cost recovery actions, common law claims, citizen suits, enforcement actions, and proper due diligence and contract negotiation, he ensures polluters and bad actors remediate the harm they have caused. Dan is part of the DiCello Levitt team working with several states in investigating and addressing poly- and perfluoroalkyl substance ("PFAS") contamination. DiCello Levitt's PFAS team, along with other Special Assistant Attorneys General and the Illinois Attorney General, most recently filed a lawsuit against 3M for PFAS contamination from its facility in Cordova, IL. Cases involving these "forever chemicals" will have wide-reaching implications for state governments and their residents. Dan also works with communities that have been impacted by years of exposure to polluted air, water, and soil. Recently, Dan and DiCello Levitt's environmental team joined with co-counsel in representing several residents and former residents of Union, Illinois in filing suit against companies responsible for polluting the groundwater with carcinogenic chlorinated solvents. Dan also serves as interim co-lead counsel in a class action on behalf of the residents of Rockton, Illinois and surrounding communities for property damages they sustained following a catastrophic fire at a local chemical factory. In addition to his environmental work, Dan frequently counsels clients on developing and maintaining state-of-the-art safety and health programs that ensure all employees enjoy safe and healthful workplaces. He works closely with both his clients and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") to enhance employee safety and health well beyond OSHA's minimum requirements.

David A. Straite

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Co - Lead Counsel
David Straite, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs and a New York-based partner at DiCello Levitt Gutzler SAN JOSE - Meta (NASDAQ: FB), the parent company of Facebook, has agreed to pay $90

Diandra "Fu" Debrosse Zimmermann

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Managing Partner of Di
Diandra "Fu" Debrosse Zimmermann is managing partner of DiCello Levitt's Birmingham office, co-managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office, and co-chair of the firm's Mass Tort division. Fu is also a member of the firm's Public Client, Environmental, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, and Trial practice groups. Widely known for her relentless client advocacy, Fu represents individuals and public entities injured by wrongful conduct, whether from defective medical devices or drugs, environmental contamination, corporate misconduct, or civil rights abuse. She is nationally recognized as a powerhouse in mass torts, class actions, products liability, discrimination, and sexual assault claims. Hundreds of millions of dollars in client damages were secured by Fu's advocacy. Diandra "Fu" Debrosse Zimmermann CHICAGO - Diandra "Fu" Debrosse Zimmermann made legal history today, becoming the first black woman ever appointed plaintiffs' co-lead counsel in a

Eli Hare

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Eli litigates complex commercial, environmental, and civil rights cases and has represented public entities involving multi-billion dollar contractual disputes. Eli litigates complex commercial, environmental, and civil rights cases and has represented public entities involving multi-billion dollar contractual disputes. Eli Hare is a trial lawyer with experience litigating complex commercial, environmental, and white-collar criminal cases, Jones Act admiralty claims, and financial services matters in state and federal courts across the southeast. Eli represents individuals, businesses, and municipalities and has represented public entities in complex litigation involving multi-billion dollar contractual disputes. Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Eli worked with a prominent national plaintiff's firm where he represented individuals injured by wrongful conduct, environmental contamination, and civil right abuses. He also previously worked at a large regional defense firm where he represented businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations through all stages of litigation. Prior to commencing his legal practice, Eli served as a judicial extern to a federal judge in the Northern District of Alabama. Practice Areas Agriculture and Biotechnology

Elizabeth Paige White

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • President of the Young Lawyer 's Division of the Bar Association for D.C
Paige is a trial lawyer. She advocates for individuals and families victimized by implicit and explicitly discriminatory systems, police brutality, and predatory corporations. Paige is a trial lawyer. She advocates for individuals and families victimized by implicit and explicitly discriminatory systems, police brutality, and predatory corporations. Paige White's practice currently focuses on civil rights, police brutality, and wrongful death cases. Paige began her career in public service, working as a public defender at the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem in New York City where she handled hundreds of charges from felony narcotics to violent crimes. She later joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, defending adults and juveniles on serious felony cases including violent sexual assault and homicide. While working for the Public Defender, she successfully argued a series of writs of habeas corpus over the conditions at the D.C. Central Detention Facility, which subsequently lead to a number of individuals being immediately released. Paige is the current President of the Young Lawyer's Division of the Bar Association for D.C., and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Trial Lawyers for the District of Columbia, and the National Bar Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of Florida's Frederic C. Levin College of Law, where she was the only woman that year to be included in the UF Trial team's "Final Four." During law school, she interned for Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, for whom she created a national campaign to support the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Paige holds a Bachelor's degree from Temple University in political science and sociology with a Spanish minor. Paige is also honored to serve as Of Counsel to attorney Ben Crump and his law firm Ben Crump Law PLLC. Practice Areas Civil and Human Rights Litigation

F. Franklin Amanat

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Frank Amanat is a highly decorated litigator with nearly 30 years of experience in a broad range of complex legal matters. He has particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, as well as class actions, financial and securities fraud, health care and pharmaceutical litigation, False Claims Act and FIRREA litigation, complex torts, civil rights, and environmental litigation. A veteran of 19 trials and arbitrations and dozens of appeals, Frank has led some of the largest and most consequential civil litigation in the country, appearing on both the plaintiff and defense side, and he has amassed a remarkable track record delivering successful outcomes to his clients. Frank specializes in representing victims of fraudulent and illegal conduct, as well as whistleblowers, governmental entities, and other plaintiffs, in a wide range of high impact litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation. His practice focuses on financial and securities fraud, health care fraud, civil rights, mass torts, and other complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Frank spent 24 years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including more than two decades as an Assistant United States Attorney and then Senior Counsel at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn), plus stints at the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) and the Office of Immigration Litigation. At DOJ, Frank handled over 400 cases, both affirmative and defensive, on behalf of more than 70 federal agencies. From 2013 to 2018, he served as lead counsel for the Government in the successful investigation and prosecution of Barclays Bank and two of its former executives for fraud in connection with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities. The $2 billion settlement is the largest single recovery the Department of Justice has ever obtained in a civil penalty action filed under FIRREA. For his work at OLP developing regulations implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (the largest and most complex rulemaking initiative ever undertaken in the Department of Justice), Frank was awarded in 2012 the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest award conferred by the Department of Justice. In September 2020, Frank received the EOUSA Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (Civil) for his work on financial fraud and public policy cases, as well as several immigration policy class actions. In 2018, Frank received the Henry L. Stimson Medal, an award given annually by the New York City Bar Association to honor outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the EDNY and SDNY for their integrity, fairness, courage, and superior commitment to the public good. Practice Areas Appellate and Policy Advocacy

Greg Asciolla

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Greg G. Gutzler

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Greg's swift, global evaluation of the legal and factual landscape drives creative solutions and extraordinary results. Greg's swift, global evaluation of the legal and factual landscape drives creative solutions and extraordinary results. Greg Gutzler is an experienced trial lawyer with a track record of billions in recoveries in high-stakes cases. Before joining DiCello Levitt, Greg litigated extensively on both the plaintiff and defense side, including working at his own boutique firm, one of the nation's most prestigious plaintiffs' firms, and as a partner of an Am Law 100 defense firm. He is a trusted advocate chosen by clients when they need candid, creative, and aggressive approaches to business solutions and decisive litigation strategy. Greg believes that the law is more than a means to pursue justice-it is the foundation of a society in which people are free to create, thrive, and feel protected. Beliefs become action through creativity, technical excellence, knowledge, and discipline. Greg is a go-to advocate for any type of complex commercial litigation, business disputes, whistleblower cases, and sexual abuse cases. Clients seek out Greg for his expertise in contract, ownership, and valuation disputes. Whistleblowers also rely on Greg's experience and creativity in prosecuting SEC, False Claims Act, FIRREA, IRS, and FCPA matters. Greg's practice areas focus on ensuring that innovation thrives and creates competitive marketplaces. One of his clients, a major biotechnology company, spent billions of dollars to create a groundbreaking technology. When a competitor improperly exploited his client's intellectual property, Greg led his client's suit against the competitor, tried the case in federal court, and won a jury verdict of $1 billion in damages. This was the fourth-largest patent infringement jury verdict in U.S. history-and hammered home the point that competition, no matter how intense, must always remain fair and honorable. Greg has litigated more than a dozen high-profile securities actions against international investment banks for misrepresentations they made to investors in connection with residential mortgage-backed securities, recovering more than $4.5 billion. When important investments and resources are at stake, hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capitalists, individuals, companies, and governmental entities turn to Greg because he is a fearless advocate in complex lawsuits in federal and state court and arbitration. Greg is also on the front lines in protecting women and men from sexual abuse, discrimination, and exploitation. He is lead counsel in a civil suit involving the world's largest-ever sex trafficking case, which spans six countries and fifty years of abuse. On December 10, 2021, Dateline NBC featured Greg in its revered news magazine program in an episode titled, "The Secrets of Nygard Cay." Greg's grasp of the nuances of common law-the influence of jurisdictions, who's on the bench, and more-converge in a simple insight: The system never dispenses justice based on predicable formulas, so legal professionals must fight to achieve justice. He views DiCello Levitt Gutzler as the right firm to advance that fight for its clients, drawing on a shared vision of commitment, creativity, and loyalty. We created the DiCello Levitt Trial Advocacy Center to refine messaging with neuroscientific methods of persuasion through in-house focus groups and mock trial practice. Using a proprietary system, we survey, test, intuit, and then re-test to grasp the nuances of juror mindsets. Ultimately, we seek truth with a scientific focus on what persuades, what connects, and what wins.

James Ulwick

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Associate in Di
James Ulwick is an associate in DiCello Levitt's Chicago office with experience litigating complex commercial cases and actions involving serious injuries. He represents individuals, businesses, and public entities in a wide range of disputes, protecting their interests in state and federal courts across the country. Prior to joining the firm, James was an insurance defense attorney, representing individuals, corporations, and local municipalities through all stages of litigation. He has successfully argued for the dismissal of several suits, including their subsequent appeals in multiple state courts of appeal, and has successfully obtained favorable resolutions for his clients through dispositive motions, mediation, and settlement. While this experience was valuable, James joined the firm because he wanted to pivot his focus from defending insurance companies to protecting consumers and those injured by corporate malfeasance. Outside of the office, James has focused on assisting in the development of the next generation of trial and appellate litigators by coaching the Loyola University Chicago National Health Law Moot Court Team. Practice Areas Antitrust and Competition Litigation

John E. Tangren

Job Titles:
  • Partner
John has distinguished himself in academia and the national legal community as an expert litigator and writer in complex antitrust cases and consumer class actions. John has distinguished himself in academia and the national legal community as an expert litigator and writer in complex antitrust cases and consumer class actions. John Tangren has exclusively represented plaintiffs for the past decade in multistate automotive defect class actions. In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars he's recovered for his clients, he also obtained nearly half a million dollars in sanctions for discovery misconduct in a class action involving unintended acceleration in Ford vehicles. John's professional accomplishments are among the most impressive in the country. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in product defect cases, including $600 million for property damage caused by an herbicide, $135 million for defective heavy truck engines, and $45 million and $40 million in cases involving defective SUV parts, all while setting himself apart as an expert legal writer and tactician. John has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer, in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, and as an Emerging Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He frequently lectures on class action litigation and has presented "CAFA: 12 Years Later" to the Chicago Bar Association Class Action Committee and Strafford CLE "Class Action Litigation: Avoiding Legal Ethics Violations and Malpractice Liability." Practice Areas Agriculture and Biotechnology

Jonathan Crevier

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Associate in Di
Jonathan brings years of antitrust and class action experience to help consumers and small businesses suffering from anticompetitive and monopolistic actions. Jonathan brings years of antitrust and class action experience to help consumers and small businesses suffering from anticompetitive and monopolistic actions. Jonathan Crevier is an associate in DiCello Levitt's New York office. Jonathan prosecutes complex antitrust class actions on behalf of institutional investors, businesses, and consumers. He actively litigates cases against a number of the world's largest companies in antitrust matters involving alleged price-fixing, benchmark and commodities manipulation, pay-for-delay, and other anticompetitive practices. Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was an associate in a nationally-recognized competition and antitrust litigation group, where he represented plaintiffs in complex antitrust matters. He also previously served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Henry Pitman, U.S.M.J., in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Practice Areas Antitrust and Competition Litigation Education Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., cum laude New York University, B.A., magna cum laude

Joseph Frate

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Joe is a passionate advocate for justice, committed to helping clients receive favorable results in personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil rights cases. Joe is a passionate advocate for justice, committed to helping clients receive favorable results in personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil rights cases.

Joshua J. Lax

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School
Joshua is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches Fundamental Lawyering Skills, a course educating the next generation of America's lawyers in interviewing and counseling clients and negotiation. He is a member of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, where he helps present continuing legal education programs. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Counsel Civil Rights Committee.

Justin J. Hawal

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Justin S. Abbarno

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Karin E. Garvey

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Partner in the New York
Karin E. Garvey is a partner in the New York office of DiCello Levitt and a member of the Antitrust and Competition practice group. With more than two decades of litigation experience, Karin focuses on representing businesses and public pension funds in complex antitrust class actions. Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Karin was a partner of a firm focusing on securities and antitrust litigation. She brings significant experience to managing complex, multi-jurisdictional cases from initial case development through resolution and appeal. In addition to deposing top executives, Karin has also prepared and defended company executives for deposition, hearing, and trial. Karin has significant experience working with experts-including economists, regulatory experts, patent experts, medical experts, toxicologists, materials scientists, valuation experts, foreign law experts, and appraisers-developing reports and testimony, preparing for and defending depositions, and taking depositions of opponents' experts. In addition, Karin has engaged in all phases of trial preparation and trial and has briefed and argued appeals. Karin also has significant experience with arbitration and mediation. For the first two decades of her career, Karin gained significant experience in antitrust, commercial litigation, and products liability litigation at a prominent defense firm representing and counseling clients from a wide array of industries including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, building materials, film, finance, and private equity. Karin is recommended by Chambers & Partners USA and The Legal 500 for excellence in antitrust practice. She has also been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the "Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America."

Kenneth P. Abbarno

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Laura E. Reasons - Chief Legal Officer

Job Titles:
  • Senior Counsel
Laura Reasons is a labor and employment attorney serving clients in matters ranging from workplace discrimination to counseling on compliance and best practices. Laura Reasons is a labor and employment attorney serving clients in matters ranging from workplace discrimination to counseling on compliance and best practices. Laura Reasons leads the firm's labor and employment law practice group where she focuses on wage and hour class and collective actions across the country. She also serves as DiCello Levitt's Associate General Counsel for Employment Matters. Over the past decade, Laura has litigated the spectrum of employment law claims, including in class, collective, and systemic litigation. She previously counseled clients-from small businesses through Fortune 100 companies-on wage and hour compliance, discrimination claim avoidance, and day-to-day employment issues. Laura's passion for representing individuals has also translated into a strong pro bono resume. Her pro bono clients include an incarcerated individual, asylum seekers, transgender individuals seeking to change their legal names and gender markers, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") applicants. Laura was a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic in Cook County, Illinois, working for more than ten years to represent clients seeking protective orders. Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Laura was part of the labor and employment practice group of an international, management-side law firm, where she defended some of the largest companies in the United States in employment law cases, including in high-stakes class and collective litigation. She brings that experience, combined with her passion for service and representing individuals, to the firm. While in law school, Laura served as a judicial extern to the Honorable George W. Lindberg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Practice Areas Class Action Litigation

Mark A. DiCello

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Co - Founding Partner
  • Founding Partner of Di
Mark acts as lead and co-lead counsel in major personal injury and mass tort actions. Mark acts as lead and co-lead counsel in major personal injury and mass tort actions. Mark DiCello is a founding partner of DiCello Levitt. He explains that after 20 years of jury trials and serving in lead roles in some of the largest personal injury cases in Ohio and around the country, he wanted to create a plaintiffs' firm that did not exist, a firm that brought together top talent in the most important areas of plaintiffs' law. Mark understands that while our technology driven society continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace the law is slow to adapt. That means the most powerful economic interests typically operate "ahead" of the law. Representing people hurt by them, from serious catastrophic physical injury to life changing economic injury, is more challenging than ever. Through that lens, he has a simple message: "While Justice is your right, society won't just give it to you, you have to fight for it." This insight forms the heart of his approach to litigation and firm building. Mark's clients are all victims - from individuals suffering catastrophic personal injuries to groups of plaintiffs harmed by medical devices, pharmaceutical products, chemicals, automobiles, and more. He has led headline-grabbing mass tort and product liability cases and co-led massive multidistrict litigations. For Mark, all of his experiences have led inevitably to the 2017 creation of powerhouse trial firm DiCello Levitt. He views the firm as unique in the plaintiffs' bar - a diverse and fearless team of lawyers focused on important litigations in the U.S. and abroad. His vision is to continue building a firm comprising leaders in the law with strong underlying frameworks that ensure the firm can thrive for generations to come. Mark DiCello and Adam Levitt co-founded DiCello Levitt Gutzler with the mission of achieving justice in all its dimensions. The firm represents businesses, individuals, and public clients injured by the wrongs of others. DiCello Levitt works tirelessly to secure a more just and equitable future for its clients. And with more than $18 billion in recoveries since 2017, DiCello Levitt is off to a great start. For the most part, DiCello Levitt restricts its practice to the representation of plaintiffs, most of which need help with complex litigation matters. Because DiCello Levitt hires talented lawyers who share the firm's values and offer a breadth of experience and expertise, DiCello Levitt is regularly the first choice for clients looking for top-flight legal representation in class action, mass tort, public client, whistleblower/qui tam, cybersecurity, complex commercial, securities, and financial services litigation, to name just a few of our practice areas. Our "trial first" philosophy, respected courtroom acumen, and unyielding dedication set industry standards, advance the law and result in larger settlements and verdicts than in other similar cases. Standing idly by is not an option for DiCello Levitt. Every day, in every way, we're working to provide a fairer and safer world. That's why, in just a few years' time, we've expanded from 11 lawyers in two offices to more than 50 lawyers in five offices nationwide. We go wherever in the world we need to go for our clients, and we innovate to achieve historic results. When we see opportunities to make a larger, more meaningful impact, we strategize and do just that. We also recognize that the cause of justice starts at home. With a less hierarchical approach to law firm management, DiCello Levitt fosters trust and communication within the firm that benefits our team and our clients. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are essential elements of a thriving community, and we actively recruit women, minority, and LGBTQ lawyers who demonstrate acumen and responsibility, regardless of their seniority. DiCello Levitt focuses on more than just achieving "best in class" results for our clients. One of our goals is for our cases to change human and corporate behavior so that we're all safer in the future. Another is to influence society and the law to ensure a more responsible and dignified justice system. Since 2017, DiCello Levitt has advanced the law to provide enhanced cybersecurity, product safety, civil rights and human rights protections, and governmental transparency. When you work with DiCello Levitt, you're not only protecting your own rights and future, but you're also meaningfully contributing to a safer, fairer world. DiCello Levitt views its cases in terms of fundamental human rights and fairness. PFAS contaminated water cases are accurately referred to as "environmental," but, at the end of the day, we ask, "Is it fair for chemical manufacturers and companies that use those manufacturers' deadly chemicals in producing their products to pollute citizens' drinking water and cause rampant damages to natural resources with these ‘forever chemicals'?" In DiCello Levitt's view, environmental contamination is, at its core, antithetical to human dignity and fairness. We relentlessly pursue these values and currently advise multiple state Attorneys General in complex PFAS matters.

Mark M. Abramowitz

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Mark is a cutting edge, data-driven trial lawyer. Much like the pioneering lawyers in DNA forensics, Mark understands the foundational role that technology now plays in our lives and how to leverage that understanding to prove cases thought to be unwinnable. Mark is a cutting edge, data-driven trial lawyer. Much like the pioneering lawyers in DNA forensics, Mark understands the foundational role that technology now plays in our lives and how to leverage that understanding to prove cases thought to be unwinnable. DiCello Levitt is pleased to announce that Mark Abramowitz has been promoted to partner, effective January 1, 2022. Mark's unique approach to discovery and trial presentation has

Mark S. Hamill - Chief Legal Officer

Job Titles:
  • Senior Counsel
Mark Hamill concentrates his practice on commercial, antitrust, securities, and consumer cases, often taking a lead role with expert witnesses on finance, accounting, and economic topics. He also serves as eDiscovery counsel in many of his cases, leveraging his depth of experience in this area as an attorney and as an eDiscovery project manager having served Fortune 500 and major accounting firm clients in large-scale, high-intensity projects. Mark represents companies, investors, and consumers in a variety of industries as they grapple with the financial and business impacts of unfair trade practices, business torts, oppression, securities fraud, and consumer fraud. He has worked with highly-regarded business valuation experts and economists to develop and present compelling business and damages models in emerging industries. Mark brings an interdisciplinary perspective to his cases, based on his experience as a CPA and consultant, which allows him to develop a "no surprises" record for trial. Mark is also a U.S. Army veteran, where he served on a multinational peacekeeping force in Sinai, Egypt. Practice Areas Antitrust and Competition Litigation DiCello Levitt Gutzler, a national plaintiff's law firm, is pleased to announce that Mark Hamill has joined the firm in its Chicago office as Senior Counsel. He brings a depth of experience in

Matthew Perez

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Michelle Locascio

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Michelle is a devoted advocate for class action plaintiffs. Michelle is a devoted advocate for class action plaintiffs.

Nada Djordjevic - Chief Legal Officer

Job Titles:
  • Senior Counsel
Nada has achieved millions of dollars in class action litigation settlements on behalf of consumers and businesses. Nada has achieved millions of dollars in class action litigation settlements on behalf of consumers and businesses. Nada's litigation successes include a $25 million settlement on behalf of 800,000 people in a class action lawsuit. The action involved claims of violations of state consumer protection and deceptive practices laws against a major athletics event organizer. She also represented a multi-state plaintiff class in a data breach case that resulted in one of the largest breach-related settlements in healthcare. Nada was also part of the litigation team that negotiated settlements worth more than $275 million for universal life insurance policy holders in two nationwide class actions alleging improper monthly policy charges.

Ohio Association

Job Titles:
  • Trustee

Ohio Super Lawyers

Job Titles:
  • Editor - in - Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review

Peter Soldato

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Peter leverages his extensive trial experience to powerfully advocate on behalf of individuals and businesses that have suffered harm. Peter leverages his extensive trial experience to powerfully advocate on behalf of individuals and businesses that have suffered harm.

Robert J. DiCello

Job Titles:
  • of Counsel
  • Partner
Robert has earned many seven and eight-figure recoveries for victims of injustice over his 40-plus years as a trial lawyer. Robert has earned many seven and eight-figure recoveries for victims of injustice over his 40-plus years as a trial lawyer. Bobby has earned multimillion dollar verdicts for victims of civil rights abuses, catastrophic injuries, and defective products. Bobby has earned multimillion dollar verdicts for victims of civil rights abuses, catastrophic injuries, and defective products. This past week, DiCello Levitt trial lawyers, Bobby DiCello and Peter Soldato, secured the dismissal of 29 baseless counts of arson and 4 equally baseless counts of attempted murder

Robin A. van der Meulen

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Partner in Di
Robin A. van der Meulen is a partner in DiCello Levitt's New York office, where she represents clients in complex antitrust litigation. Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Robin was a partner in a nationally-recognized antitrust practice group, where she gained more than a decade of experience litigating a wide variety of antitrust matters, including price-fixing, monopolization, benchmark and commodities manipulation, pay-for-delay agreements, and other anticompetitive practices. Robin was appointed co-lead class counsel for end-payor plaintiffs in the Bystolic Antitrust Litigation, a pay-for-delay case pending in the Southern District of New York. She is also leading Novartis and Par Antitrust Litigation, another pay-for-delay case seeking to recover millions of dollars in overcharges relating to the hypertension drug Exforge on behalf of end-payor plaintiffs. Robin also represents end-payor plaintiffs in the Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation, a massive case against some of the biggest drug companies in the world alleging price-fixing and anticompetitive conspiracies. Robin was previously an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she practiced antitrust and commercial litigation. She also served as a judicial intern in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York for Judge Elizabeth S. Stong. Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards selected Robin as a finalist for Antitrust and Competition Lawyer of the Year.The Legal 500 recommends Robin for excellence in the field of Antitrust Civil Litigation and Class Actions, describing her as "persistent, persuasive, and well-respected by peers and opponents alike" and naming her a "Next Generation Partner." She has been recognized as "Up and Coming" by Chambers & Partners USA and as a "Future Star" by Benchmark Litigation. She has also been selected to Benchmark's "40 & Under Hot List" as one of "the best and brightest law firm partners" and someone who is "ready to take the reins." Additionally, Robin was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the Antitrust Law category. Robin is an active member of the antitrust bar. She is the secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), and a member of NYSBA House of Delegates. Robin is also a Vice Chair of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). Robin was previously a Vice Chair of the Antitrust Section's Health Care & Pharmaceutical Committee of the ABA and the Executive Editor of that Committee's Antitrust Health Care Chronicle. From 2012 to 2021, Robin was an editor of the Health Care Antitrust Week-In-Review, a weekly publication that summarizes antitrust news in the health care industry. Practice Areas Antitrust and Competition Litigation

Sharon Cruz

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Investigator
Sharon Cruz provides deep technological expertise combined with an enforcer's perspective, having spent several years as a prosecutor and as a technology specialist. Sharon Cruz provides deep technological expertise combined with an enforcer's perspective, having spent several years as a prosecutor and as a technology specialist. Sharon Cruz is a seasoned criminal prosecutor and investigator specializing in privacy compliance, data management, and cybercrimes. She has issued and enforced hundreds of subpoenas to Facebook, Google, and other major corporations in her cybercriminal investigations. Her expertise in prosecuting Internet crimes is buttressed by years of experience in the tech field, helping her educate stakeholders, law enforcement officers, and healthcare providers on cyber safety, blockchain technology, and the dark web. In her previous position as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois's High Tech Crimes Bureau, Sharon played a pivotal role in task forces aimed at combatting human trafficking. She has prosecuted numerous child sexual exploitation cases and argued precedent-setting points of tech privacy law as it intersects with criminal activity. As a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, she tried hundreds of assault, sexual assault, theft, and DUI trials to verdict as first chair. Sharon's portfolio of expertise also includes prosecuting environmental crimes. As Lead Counsel for Illinois in two state environmental investigations, she secured substantial fines for the State and Illinois citizens. Sharon has delivered multiple presentations on cybersecurity and technology, including CCPA and Why You Care About It (2017 & 2018) and Legal Issues in Internet Crimes Against Children: ICAC Investigative Techniques (2017-2019). Practice Areas Class Action Litigation

Timothy Bruck

Job Titles:
  • Executor V. Gary McClintick and Mentor Board of Education, 15CV000701

Veronica Bosco

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Associate in Di
Veronica Bosco is an associate in DiCello Levitt's New York office. She is a member of the firm's Antitrust and Competition practice group and focuses on litigating complex antitrust class actions on behalf of institutional investors, businesses, and consumers. Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Veronica was an associate in a nationally recognized competition and antitrust litigation group, where she represented a wide variety of plaintiffs in various federal jurisdictions, including both indirect and direct purchasers, public benefit funds, and individuals. She represented institutional investors in an international antitrust litigation filed against financial institutions for collusion and price-fixing, direct purchasers in national antitrust class actions filed against large corporations, and employees in national no-poach actions. Veronica has also previously represented businesses in opt-out litigation proceedings alleging restraint of trade in violation of antitrust laws, institutional investors in federal securities law matters, and consumers in product liability matters. She also served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Claire C. Cecchi in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, where she drafted judicial opinions in several types of cases, including antitrust and ERISA cases. Practice Areas Antitrust and Competition Litigation

William J. Sinor

Job Titles:
  • Associate
William J. Sinor is dedicated to achieving justice for people who are hurt or wronged by the misconduct of others. William J. Sinor is dedicated to achieving justice for people who are hurt or wronged by the misconduct of others.