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
  • Commercial/Contracts
  • Construction
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Employment
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Fraud, including Consumer, False Claims Act and Shareholder Claims
  • Internal Investigations
  • Intellectual Property/Copyright/Trade Secrets
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Regulatory Matters
  • Shareholder/M&A
  • 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.


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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.

Barton J. Craig

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Mortgage Information Services, Inc.

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