DiCello Levitt & Casey LLC
Ten North Dearborn Street
Eleventh Floor Chicago, IL 60602-4209
(312) 214-7900 www.dlcfirm.com
ADAM J. LEVITT | PARTNER
Adam J. Levitt is a partner in the Firm's Chicago office. Mr. Levitt graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University in 1990 (A.B. magna cum laude) and the Northwestern University School of Law in 1993. Mr. Levitt was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1993 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois; the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas; the United States Court for the District of Nebraska; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana; the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbellsm.
Substantially all of Mr. Levitt's practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and class action practice on both the trial and appellate court levels, in federal and state courts nationwide, in the areas of securities, antitrust, consumer protection, technology, and agricultural law. Since 1993, Mr. Levitt has served as lead counsel, co-lead counsel, or in other leadership positions in numerous class and other complex litigations throughout the United States, including In re StarLink Corn Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1403 (N.D. Illinois) (recovered $110 million for U.S. corn farmers who sustained market losses arising from defendants' contamination of the U.S. food corn supply with an improperly bioengineered corn seed product); In re Vytorin/Zetia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, Civil Action No. 08-285 (D.N.J.) (obtained $41.5 million recovery on behalf of consumers who overpaid for Vytorin and Zetia, which defendants deceptively marketed as being more effective than other anti-cholesterol drugs); Court Reporting Services, et al. v. Compaq Computer Corporation, C.A. No. 02 CV 044 (E.D. Texas) (obtained full recovery, valued at not less than $35 million, on behalf of Compaq Presario purchasers with improperly partitioned hard disk drives); and various Internet privacy cases, including Supnick v. Amazon.com, Inc. (W.D. Wash.) and In re DoubleClick, Inc. Privacy Litigation (S.D.N.Y.).
Mr. Levitt recently served as co-lead counsel in a series of thirteen antitrust class action lawsuits against the Monsanto Company, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, predicated upon those companies' alleged improper conduct arising from their sale of genetically-engineered soybean and corn seeds or traits; has served as co-lead counsel in In re Northstar Education Finance, Inc. Contract Litigation, Case No. 01990-MD-08 (D. Minn.), in an action brought on behalf of student loan borrowers who were improperly denied prompt payment bonus rebates on their loan balances; is currently serving as Class Counsel in In re Aon ERISA Litigation (ERISA class action lawsuit on behalf of all participants and beneficiaries of Aon's 401(k) savings plan against Aon and certain of its officers and directors, alleging that during the class period, defendants, as fiduciaries of the Plan, each violated ERISA by breaching their duties owed to plaintiffs and the other participants and beneficiaries of the Plan in connection with the Plan's holding of Aon stock); is Designated Co-Lead Counsel in In Re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, MDL 1811 (E.D. Mo.), in which he is representing the interests of United States long-grain rice producers seeking to recover damages they sustained resulting from the contamination of the U.S. rice supply with unapproved, genetically-modified rice seed traits developed and tested by Bayer CropScience LP and related entities. Mr. Levitt has also been actively involved in the In re Initial Public Offering Sec. Litig., Master File No. 21 MC 92 (SAS) (S.D.N.Y.) (consolidated action against 309 issuers and 55 underwriters alleging manipulation, misrepresentations, and omissions relating to the market for various high-tech initial public offerings), and also served as lead counsel in In re Comdisco Securities Litigation (securities class action lawsuit against former Comdisco executives relating to Comdisco's misrepresentations and omissions with respect to its Prism division). Mr. Levitt also provides, or has provided legal services to various private companies involving complex litigation and general corporate matters.
Mr. Levitt is an elected member of the American Law Institute (“ALI”) and participates in the ALI's Members Consultative Groups on the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation, the Restatement of the Law (Third) Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, and the Restatement of the Law (Third) Torts: Liability for Economic Loss. Mr. Levitt is also the Seventh Circuit Contributing Editor to the American Bar Association's Class Action & Derivative Suits newsletter; a consulting participant in the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Securities Litigation Damages Calculation Taskforce's project entitled “Calculation of Securities Litigation Damages”; and regularly serves as a moot court judge in the Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition at the Northwestern University School of Law. He is also the author of CAFA and Federalized Ambiguity: The Case for Discretion in the Unpredictable Class Action, 120 YALE L.J. ONLINE 231 (2011); Taming the Metadata Beast, New York Law Journal, May 16, 2008; Foreign Investors Serving as Lead Plaintiffs in U.S.-Based Securities Cases, International Practice Section Newsletter (Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Washington, D.C.), Winter 2004 and Spring 2005.; Proposed Rule 225: A Death Warrant for Class Actions in Illinois, 93 Illinois Bar Journal 202 (2005); The Big Business Wish List: Proposed Illinois Supreme Court Rule 225 and the Demolition of Consumer Rights, The Class Act (The Newsletter of the National Association of Securities and Consumer Law Attorneys), February 25, 2005; and An Illinois Lawyer's Guide to Service of Process in Mexico, 82 Illinois Bar Journal 434 (1994). Mr. Levitt has also testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee on class action practice and related issues.
Mr. Levitt is co-chairing the Law Seminars International's “Litigating Class Actions” conference, which is scheduled to take place in Chicago on October 24-25, 2011. This conference is designed to inform and discuss significant developments in class action litigation. The faculty is comprised of leading class action practitioners, judges, and service providers from across the United States, who will be discussing new developments and strategies from both plaintiffs' and defendants' perspectives to meet the strategic, substantive, procedural, and ethical challenges that class action litigation presents. For more information about this seminar, please access the following link: http://www.lawseminars.com/seminars/11CLASSIL.php
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