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John E. Tangren

John has gained widespread recognition as an extraordinary young talent for his work in nationwide consumer class actions.

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John maintains a national practice in consumer class action litigation, with vast experience in the field of automotive defect litigation. He has represented plaintiffs in class actions and multidistrict litigation over defective power steering systems, cooling tubes, tailgates, and sudden unintended acceleration. Among other recognition, he has been named a class action and mass torts Super Lawyer in Illinois for his effective representation of consumer classes in automotive and other cases. A two-time graduate of the University of Chicago, he also has experience in antitrust class action and in federal appeals.

John is frequently asked to speak on topics relating to class action litigation. He has presented on class certification, electronic discovery, and topics relating to car defect cases. Before joining DiCello Levitt & Casey, he practiced with Adam Levitt at Grant & Eisenhofer. John began his career in private practice at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago.


Industry Experience

  • Automotive
  • Medical

Notable Representations

  • Represented plaintiffs in class action litigation against Ford over sudden and unintended acceleration in various vehicle models.
  • Represented plaintiffs in class action litigation against Ford over defective power steering in various vehicle models.
  • Represented plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation against Porsche over plastic cooling tubes in Cayenne SUVs, resulting in a $45 million settlement.
  • Represented plaintiffs in class action litigation against Bayer Health Care over claims made about the health benefits of digestive supplements.
  • Represented plaintiffs in antitrust class action litigation against NorthShore University Hospital Systems over patient overcharges.


  • Super Lawyer — Class Action & Mass Torts — Illinois (2017)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star — Illinois (2011, 2013-16)
  • Emerging Lawyer, Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2015, 2016)
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 (2012)

Writings and Presentations

  • “The Use of Absent Class Member Discovery on Issues of Class Certification,” National Consumer Class Action Litigation & Management Conference (2013)
  • “ESI for Beginners,” Seventh Circuit Conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association (2013)
  • “Lessons on Motions to Dismiss from Other Car Defect Cases,” HarrisMartin MDL Conference: General Motors Ignition Switch Recall Litigation (2014)


  • Chicago Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Consumer class action litigation


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • University of Chicago, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

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