Trial and Appellate Advocates
We have a national trial and appellate practice committed to resolving clients’ most pressing disputes. Collectively, we have tried hundreds of cases in state and federal courts. As part of our national litigation practice, we field a team of seasoned appellate lawyers. Our lawyers have briefed and argued matters in the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly every federal court of appeals, and state courts across the country and throughout the State of Illinois. We regularly represent clients at trial, on appeal, in arbitration and mediation, and in responding to government investigations and regulatory actions. Our experience includes:
- Class Action Defense
- Creditors’ Rights
- Estates & Trusts
- Fraud, including Consumer, False Claims Act and Shareholder Claims
- Internal Investigations
- Intellectual Property/Copyright/Trade Secrets
- Insurance Recovery
- Regulatory Matters
- Real Estate
We work closely with clients to strategically position their cases for early and effective resolution. And where trial is the best path forward, our seasoned trial attorneys are committed to going the distance. Our trial strategy is aided by our deep appellate experience, which enables us to shape the record and ensure that issues are properly presented and preserved for appeal.
Lawyers Who Know Litigation
In 2008, our company faced multi-million dollar claims in MDL litigation in federal court in Chicago. At the outset, Rathje Woodward developed a winning strategy and executed on it perfectly. The result? Every claim against us was dismissed. We never paid a dime in judgment or settlement, and our legal fees were far below what we had expected. Thanks, Rathje Woodward.
Litigation News and Events
A week ago, Judge Chang from here in the Northern District of Illinois published a tour de force rejecting a defendant’s non-ascertainability arguments in Ploss as Trustee for Harry Ploss Trust DTD 8/16/1993 v. Kraft Foods Group.
Recently, a large contractor retained Rathje Woodward to file a complaint and seek a temporary restraining order following the resignation of a key employee who joined a competitor.
The firm secured summary judgment worth over $2 million in Owners Ins. Co. v. Seamless Gutter Corp., an insurance coverage dispute pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County.