Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, 2000-2011 and 2014-Present, Partner (since 2003)
Bayer Corporation, 2011-2014, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Head of Litigation
Head of department with responsibility for major litigation matters of all Bayer Group companies in the US, including Bayer HealthCare, Bayer MaterialScience, and Bayer CropScience
Mayer, Brown & Platt, 1997-2000, Associate
Cases Tried or Otherwise Taken to Judgment
Confidential JAMS Arbitration (2011)
Lead trial counsel for a major cable company in confidential arbitration of contract dispute. Case won.
PPC v. Arris International (U.S. District Court, W. Dist. of Wisconsin 2003-2004)
Arris International v. PPC (U.S. District Court, Dist. of Colorado 2003-2004)
Represented Arris International in patent litigation regarding coaxial cable connectors. Jury trial in Madison, Wisconsin. Cases settled following jury verdict for PPC on some issues and grant of new trial to Arris on others.
C&W Fabricators v. Meriwether Capital (AAA Arbitration, New York, NY 2003)
Represented buyers of business in arbitration against sellers regarding indemnification for warranty obligations. Case won.
Schwartz v. QUALCOMM Inc. (District Court, Boulder County, CO 2003)
Represented QUALCOMM in action brought by 87 former employees alleging fraud and breach of contract in connection with unvested stock options. Obtained dismissal or summary judgment as to 81 plaintiffs. Remaining plaintiffs settled before or during trial.
People v. Filliung (Circuit Court, Cook County, IL 2000)
Lead trial counsel in first-degree murder trial of defendant with history of mental illness. Obtained verdict of not guilty.
SWANCC v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (U.S. Supreme Court 2001)
Represented Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County in Supreme Court challenge to scope of the Clean Water Act. Judgment reversed.
Neder v. United States (U.S. Supreme Court 1999)
Represented defendant challenging conviction on fraud and RICO charges. Judgment reversed in part.
United States v. Walker (U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit)
Counsel for defendant in appeal of conviction on drug charges and life sentence. Judgment affirmed.
Other representative cases
YAZ/Yasmin Product Liability Litigation
National 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 the Southern District of Illinois.
Bayer HealthCare LLC v. Abbott Labs (U.S. District Court, Dist. of Massachusetts)
Bayer HealthCare LLC v. Centocor Ortho Biotech (U.S. District Court, Dist. of Massachusetts)
Represented Bayer in patent litigation relating to human anti-TNF alpha antibodies and Abbott's Humira medication and Centocor's Simponi medication. Cases settled.
In re Teflon Products Liability Litigation (MDL, U.S. District Court, S. Dist. of Iowa)
National counsel for DuPont in MDL including numerous purported class actions brought by consumers who purchased cookware made with Teflon® non-stick coatings. Cases dismissed.
In re Factor VIII or IX Concentrate Blood Products Litigation (MDL, U.S. District Court, N. Dist. of Illinois)
National counsel for Bayer in world-wide product liability litigation alleging infection with HIV and hepatitis C from blood products used to treat hemophilia. Cases dismissed or settled.
Charter Communications, Inc. v. Irell & Manella LLP (U.S. District Court, Central Dist. of California)
Represented Charter Communications in legal malpractice action arising from a law firm's representation of Charter in a major acquisition. Case settled.
SanDisk v. Infineon Technologies (U.S. District Court, N. Dist. of California)
Represented Infineon in patent litigation involving flash memory devices. Case settled.
Micron Technology v. Rambus (U.S. District Court, Dist. of Delaware)
Represented Micron Technology in action involving antitrust, fraud, and patent claims relating to computer memory chips.
Acknowledgements, Presentations, and Publications
Frequent speaker on complex litigation, mass torts, product liability, and class actions.
Products Liability and Off-Label Uses of Prescription Drugs, 63 U. Chi. L. Rev. 275 (1996)
J.B. Heaton and Kaspar Stoffelmayr Lead Fraud and Market Manipulation Case Against Porsche SE
The American Lawyer
Bartlit Beck Secures End of Consumer Fraud MDL for DuPont
Court Denies Class Certification in Teflon MDL
Bartlit Beck Defeats $5 Billion Class Action Claim
In re Teflon Products Liability Litigation (2009)
Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1996-1997