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Adam J. Levitt

Adam operates one of the nation’s leading commercial litigation practices, having achieved billions in recoveries for his clients.

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A co-founding partner of DiCello Levitt & Casey, Adam is one of the nation’s leading advocates for plaintiffs in class action, mass tort, public client, and commercial litigation, particularly in consumer protection, automotive defect, agricultural, antitrust, and securities litigation. He served as co-lead counsel and recovered more than $1.7 billion for plaintiffs in three of the largest biotechnology class actions in history: In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, in which he secured settlements exceeding $1.1 billion for those suffering losses resulting from contamination of the U.S. rice supply with genetically modified seeds; In re Imprelis Herbicide, Sales Practice and Products Liability Litigation, in which he helped obtain a $550 million settlement on behalf of landowners and landscapers in a class action involving tree and other foliage death and other harm caused by DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide; and In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation, in which he recovered $110 million for farmers who sustained market losses on corn crops from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with genetically modified corn. Nationally recognized as an authority on class action litigation, he has pursued actions relating to retirement investment, sales practices, and a wide variety of automotive defects. He served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in historic litigation arising from the Volkswagen emissions scandal, ultimately helping to secure a $16 billion settlement.

Adam is a leader in the profession and frequent speaker on consumer protection, automotive litigation, multidistrict litigation, biotechnology, corporate governance, securities litigation, and internet privacy. He has testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee on class action practice and chairs an annual class action litigation conference in Chicago.

Notable Representations

Adam serves as lead or co-lead counsel in:

  • In re Wells Fargo ERISA 401(k) Litigation (D. Minn.)
  • Johnson, et al. v. Ford Motor Co. (Ford Sudden Acceleration) (S.D. W.Va.)
  • In re Navistar Maxxforce Engines, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (N.D. Ill.)
  • In re MyFord Touch Consumer Litigation (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re Porsche Cars North America Inc. Plastic Coolant Tubes Products Liability Litigation (S.D. Ohio)
  • In re Dial Complete Marketing and Sales Litigation (D. N.H.)
  • In re Wesson Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (C.D. Cal.)
  • Philips v. Ford Motor Co. (Ford EPAS) (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re Imprelis Herbicide, Sales Practice and Products Liability Litigation (E.D. Penn.)
  • In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation (E.D. Mis.)

He is also a leadership committee member in:

  • In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee member)
  • In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation (S.D. N.Y.) (Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee member)
  • In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation (D. Minn.) (Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee Chair)

Honors

  • 500 Leading Lawyers in the U.S., Lawdragon (2011)
  • Burton Award, Finest Law Firm Writer (2017)
  • Litigator of the Week, American Lawyer (2011)
  • Super Lawyer — Class Actions & Mass Torts — Illinois (2012-present)
  • “AV” rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 40 Lawyers Under 40, Chicago Lawyer

Writings and Presentations

Law review articles

  • “The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Price Overhang Damages in Commodity Crop Cases,” 51 Val. U. L. Rev. – (2017) (co-authored with Russell L. Lamb)
  • “Agricultural ‘Market Touching’: Modernizing Trespass to Chattels in Crop Contamination Cases,” 38 U. Haw. L. Rev. 409 (2016) (co-authored with Nicole Negowetti)
  • “CAFA and Federalized Ambiguity: The Case for Discretion in the Unpredictable Class Action,” 120 Yale Law Journal Online 231 (2011)

Other writings

  • “Curing the Ascertainability Fallacy – The Ninth Circuit Strikes Back,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2017
  • “March of the Machines – Robotic Vehicles and the Changing Landscape of Motor Vehicle Liability,” TRIAL, Vol. 53, No. 2 (2017)
  • “The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal: What’s Next?,” TRIAL, Vol. 52, No. 2 (2016)
  • “Avoiding the Substantiation Trap in Health Benefit Product Claims,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2016
  • “Volkswagen Scandal is Perfect Fit for a Damages Class Action,” Portfolio Media (Law360), September 2015
  • “The Ascertainability Fallacy and Its Consequences,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2015
  • “Supreme Court to Revisit the Fraud on the Market Presumption of Reliance in Securities Fraud Cases,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2014
  • “Calculating Damages in Securities Class Actions,” TRIAL, Vol. 49, No. 6. (2013)
  • “The Role and Function of Corporate Representatives at Trial,” The Trial Lawyer, Vol. II, No. IV (2013)
  • “Multidistrict Litigation Practice: The Function and Shifting Focus of the JPML in Class Action and Other ‘Bet the Company’ Litigation,” chapter from Straight from the Top: Case Studies in the World of Litigation (2012)
  • “Sticky Situations in Mass Tort Settlements,” TRIAL, Vol. 48, No. 11 (2012)
  • “Taming the Metadata Beast,” New York Law Journal, May 16, 2008
  • “The Big Business Wish List: Proposed Illinois Supreme Court Rule 225 and the Demolition of Consumer Rights,” The Class Act, 2005
  • “Foreign Investors Serving as Lead Plaintiffs in U.S.-Based Securities Cases,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America (2005)
  • “Proposed Rule 225: A Death Warrant for Class Actions in Illinois,” 93 Illinois Bar Journal 202 (2005)
  • “An Illinois Lawyer’s Guide to Service of Process in Mexico,” 82 Illinois Bar Journal 434 (1994)
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Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
  • American Association for Justice, Publications and Legal Affairs Committees
  • American Constitution Society, Board of Advisors, Chicago Chapter
  • American Law Institute, elected member
  • Class Action Trial Lawyers, President
  • Economic Club of Chicago, elected member
  • Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies, Advisory Council
  • Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Advisory Board
  • National Trial Lawyers, Executive Committee

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Class action litigation
  • Product liability litigation
  • Public Client litigation
  • Securities litigation

Education

  • Northwestern University Law School, J.D.
  • Columbia College, Columbia University, A.B., magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
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Mark A. DiCello

Partner  

James S. Casey

Partner