Robert L. Shuftan

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Toxic Tort
  • Product Liability
  • Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Environmental
  • Manufacturing
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., summa cum laude
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D.
Admitted1979, Illinois; Supreme Court of Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar member); U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana


American Bar Association (Member, Litigation and Law Practice Management Sections)
Board of Advisors, Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry, Harvard Law School
Pipeline Committee, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

BornChicago, Illinois, May 3, 1954

Robert L. Shuftan is a Partner of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation and counseling of corporate clients, with particular emphasis on chemical, toxic tort and environmental site issues. He also has assisted pharmaceutical, product and medical device manufacturer clients. He serves as national counsel to leading manufacturers and chemical companies and is a key advisor to top business executives, general counsels and boards of directors.

Bob has established a national reputation in high-profile mass actions in which environmental law and toxic tort intersect. With over 30 years of experience in this field--on many class actions and mass tort matters that have posed industry-wide or business changing implications--Bob is a trusted advisor for a number of long-standing clients. Additionally he spends a considerable amount of his time advising clients on reputation management issues related to litigation matters and regulatory requirements.
•Has represented various product industries since 1985 on a national basis, successfully trying and handling litigation in over 25 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico

•Counsels manufacturers and industry associations on matters related to warnings and regulatory issues

•Assists industrial corporate clients on a national basis on issues of risk management and environmental, health, and safety compliance programs

•Has handled high-profile complex litigation involving multiple claim and putative class action cases related to commercial issues, industrial operations and community environmental concerns. As part of this representation, he has assisted chemical, pharmaceutical, product and medical device manufacturer clients over the last 20 years in responding to government regulatory inquiries and actions, and in dealing with litigation and corporate reputation management situations

•Oversees and manages a broad range of high-profile, complex litigation matters involving multiple claim and putative class action cases related to commercial issues, industrial operations and community environmental concerns



In 2008, Lawdragon Magazine recognized Bob as one of “100 Managing Partners You Should Know. Lawdragon said of Bob, “He is bright, articulate, well-versed in the law and handles himself as well on the shop floor as in the Boardroom. ...The results obtained by Bob and his firm have been nothing short of outstanding.”

Before Edwards Wildman

Bob served as managing partner at the legacy firm Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP for over ten years.


Follow Our Lead Defense of Chemical and Petroleum Companies

A team of Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Product Liability Litigation is leading the joint defense of nine chemical and petroleum companies in approximately 70 lawsuits pending in five state courts in which. plaintiffs allege occupational exposure to a variety of “hazardous substances,” supplied by our clients and claim negligence, strict liability, design and manufacturer defects and failure to warn.

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Robert L. Shuftan

225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000
ChicagoIL 60606


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