Lee Ann Russo's practice is concentrated on complex business litigation. She has extensive experience in the areas of class action, securities, commodities, and commercial litigation, with substantial trial experience before state and federal courts. She has lead counsel experience in the representation of issuers, officers and directors, and securities broker-dealers and commodity futures commission merchants, in state and federal securities and commodities fraud litigation. These matters include securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative actions, and federal, state, and SRO regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Lee Ann also has conducted corporate internal investigations and counseled clients regarding securities and commodities regulatory compliance obligations.
Lee Ann has represented clients in multistate attorneys general investigations and litigation, including a 50-state attorneys general investigation involving consumer fraud and product safety issues. She also has significant experience in the arbitration of commercial disputes, having successfully prosecuted and defended numerous claims brought in arbitration. Representative clients in recent public matters include Abbott Laboratories, ICBC Standard Bank, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, TAP Pharmaceutical Products, IBM and Career Education Corporation.
Lee Ann is the administrative partner and pro bono coordinator for the Chicago Office of Jones Day. She is former president and current member of the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and former co-chair and current member of the Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center.
•Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan successfully defends historic $43.1 billion hostile takeover bid
Abbott and TAP Pharmaceutical defend against Average Wholesale Price (AWP) litigation
Bear, Stearns Securities and Morgan Stanley Securities resolve securities lending dispute
Honors & Distinctions
•Illinois Super Lawyers
•Law Clerk to Judge Richard B. Kellam, United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (1980 term)