Robert J. Kriss: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Robert J. Kriss

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7165

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Practice Areas

  • Business & Technology Sourcing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation & Class Actions
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Enforcement
  • International Arbitration
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement
  • Toxic Tort
  • Privacy & Security
  • Private Investment Funds
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7165
Fax: 312 706 8646
University Cornell University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1975
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1978
Admitted1978, Illinois; 1978, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 1982, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; 1998, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; 2001, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; 2006, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; 2006, US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


Member of the Board of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, 2007

Member of the Board of Victory Gardens Theater, 2003-2005

Member of the Board of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, 1996-1999

Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law, 2002 to date


Robert Kriss has represented some of the world's largest technology, financial services and manufacturing companies in complex commercial, class action and intellectual property litigation. Bob has substantial experience with disputes arising in the context of financial services, real estate, securities transactions, information technology implementation and outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, and high technology products.

Bob has successfully defended against numerous securities fraud and class action claims on behalf of such major companies as TD AMERITRADE (alleging failure to properly execute trades), Citigroup (as underwriter of an IPO), CIBC (as trustee/shareholder), and Dow Chemical (arising from breast implant tort litigation).

Although many of Bob's cases have involved financial services, he has also litigated fraud, breach of warranty, and product liability actions involving a diverse array of products and services such as 747 freighter aircraft, fructose separation systems, computer systems, IT outsourcing services, silicone breast implants, and construction equipment.

Bob has an impressive record securing summary judgments and dismissals of securities and consumer class actions, commercial lawsuits, and product liability actions against clients and successfully defending those judgments on appeal. He also has successfully tried many cases before judges, juries and arbitrators. For example, Bob secured jury verdicts in a multi-million dollar product liability case for Caterpillar, Inc. and in a multi-million dollar federal income tax refund case for The Dow Chemical Company. Bob's approach to litigation and settlement combines in-depth analysis of case details with a creative, multidimensional perspective to develop and convey the most effective argument to the court.

A very quick study with a diverse, broad experience base, Bob is particularly effective in addressing cases involving issues of first impression, developing cutting edge legal arguments, and mastering novel fact settings. For example, he was named leader of Mayer Brown's Stock Option Backdating task force in 2006 and in 2007 represented TD AMERITRADE in a class action involving the theft of customer information from the company's data base.

Bob joined Mayer Brown in 1978. He has been recognized by inclusion in such publications as Leading Lawyers in Illinois, Illinois SuperLawyers, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who In American Law, Who's Who In America and The Best Lawyers in America. He holds Martindale Hubbell's highest A/V rating (AV Preeminent) and has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell as among the Top Rated Lawyers of Technology Law.


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Robert J. Kriss

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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