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OVERVIEW

Brian W. Lewis
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-5608

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Brian W. Lewis
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-5608

F 312-759-5646

Trial advocate Brian Lewis focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitrations, internal investigations and white collar criminal matters for national and multinational clients. Brian delivers veteran skill in litigating and trying cases, persuasively presenting his client’s position to opposing counsel, judges and juries alike.

OVERVIEW

Brian W. Lewis Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P : 312-214-5608

Trial advocate Brian Lewis focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitrations, internal investigations and white collar criminal matters for national and multinational clients. Brian delivers veteran skill in litigating and trying cases, persuasively presenting his client’s position to opposing counsel, judges and juries alike.

Brian has more than three decades of experience handling antitrust, trademark, patent, product liability and commercial cases in various courts throughout the United States and in domestic and international arbitrations in North America. He has represented clients that range from small companies and mid-market businesses to Fortune 500 corporations from a variety of industries, including technology, automotive, industrial, chemical, electrical, manufacturing and retail.

An effective negotiator, formidable litigator, compelling trial attorney and esteemed educator, Brian offers an ability to present his case in both a logical and understandable way. Valued by clients and colleagues alike for developing themes and positions that are not only grounded in legal theory, but also understandable and convincing, Brian demonstrates time and again that he can analyze extensive, complex information and streamline it into winning arguments both in and out of court.

With more than 25 trials and complex arbitrations over the course of his career, Brian works to position himself and his clients as both trustworthy and likeable, a critical component to finding in their favor. Notably, Brian has served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law for more than two decades. In addition, he has written Chapter 13, Arbitration – The Practitioner's Viewpoint, for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Business and Commercial Litigation handbook.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and Product Liability Section

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Adjunct professor, Northwestern University School of Law, trial advocacy

Honors

Chambers USA, 2009-2010

EXPERIENCE
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney has experience in the prosecution of electrical component counterfeiters on a global basis, including fourteen lawsuits prosecuted against over 40 counterfeiting defendants.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney has represented food importers in anti-dumping civil and criminal investigations and proceedings.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney has served as lead arbitration counsel in defense of a $30 million dealer-distributor termination brought against an electronics company. The claimant alleged breach of contract and conspiracy to terminate its national distributorship of surge suppression products. Claimant was awarded nothing and ordered to pay on EFI's trademark infringement counterclaim.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a global supplier of raw materials and brand ingredients for the food industry in a criminal matter involving allegedly fraudulent importation of honey. United States of America v. 126 Drums of Honey et al, No. 1:09cv5530 (N.D. Ill, September 4, 2009).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a large supplier of filters, filtration products and related services in the defense of patent infringement case fuel filters. Parker-Hannifin Corporation et al v. Champion Laboratories, Inc., No. 1:10cv1249 (N.D. Ohio, June 3, 2010).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented an electric power equipment manufacturer in an anti-counterfeiting trademark suit. Square D Co v. Pioneer Breaker Control & Supply Co et al, No. 6:08mc10, (W.D. Louisiana, April 1, 2008).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented an electric power equipment manufacturer in an anti-counterfeiting trademark suit. Square D Company v. Electronic Solutions, Inc, No. 1:07cv6294, (N.D. Ill., Nov. 6, 2007).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented an electric power equipment manufacturer in an anti-counterfeiting trademark suit. Square D Company v. Scott Electric Company et al, 2:08mc191, (E.D. Pa., October 30, 2008).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented Juno Lighting, a leading manufacturer of lighting products in a dealer distributor dispute. Juno Lighting, LLC v. Lighting Solutions, Inc ., No. 1:11cv1528 (N.D. Ill., March 4, 2011).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented large global chemical solutions company in a breach of supplier agreement. Stepan Company sued its former customers for breach of contract and breach of warranty. Stepan Company v. Burlington Chemical Co, LLC, No. 1:09cv6175, (N.D. Ill., October 2, 2009).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented Stepan in product contamination case involving breach of warranty claims where the supplier provided non-conforming goods that caused business interruption and property damage. Stepan Company v. Summit Resource Group, Inc, No. 1:11cv7019 (N.D. Ill., October 5, 2011).
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represents chemical manufacturers in manganese, vinyl chloride, isocyanates, trichloroethylene, uranium hexafluoride, benzene, silica, and coal tar toxic tort exposure cases alleging personal injury and environmental damages. On behalf of clients, Mr. Lewis has successfully obtained summary judgments and trial verdicts in favor of chemical manufacturers in these matters, which were litigated in federal and state courts throughout the United States.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represents clients in the medical device and electrical distribution industries in channel management counseling, including dealer, distributor and franchise litigation.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney routinely counsels clients in international trade regulation matters including ITAR, OFAC, FCPA, NAFTA Marking Rules and embargo regulations.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney routinely counsels clients regarding the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reporting requirements and product recalls. This work has included the coordination of recalls for a variety of multi-national and national corporations.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney served as lead counsel in defense of an electrical product manufacturer in a multi-week arbitration brought by a former distributor alleging conspiracy in violation of the Sherman Act, price discrimination, violation of the Robinson¬Patman Act, wrongful termination of the distributorship, deceptive conduct in violation of Illinois and Tennessee Consumer Protection Statutes, and other common law tort claims. The claimant sought more than $10 million in damages, was awarded nothing, and was ordered to pay all costs of the arbitration.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney serves as lead trial counsel in various trademark infringement, patent infringement, false advertising and unfair competition matters pending throughout the United States.
  • A jury awarded client Schneider Electric a verdict of $1,087,500 plus interest dating back to December 7, 2009, in a federal case filed by Schneider Electric’s predecessor, Square D Company, involving the sale of Square D circuit breakers and panel boxes to the defendants in violation of defendants’ agreement to purchase the products at deeply discounted prices in exchange for their promise to install the products only in homes where they were acting as the electrical contractor, not to resell them on the open market.

    Our client sued the defendants, House of Power (a residential electrical contractor based in Houston) and its owner, Albert Chlouber, for breach of contract and fraud upon discovering defendants’ unauthorized resale of nearly four thousand of Square D’s products on eBay and nearly 70,000 Square D products to a reseller of counterfeit Square D products. Square D Company v. House of Power Electric, L.C. and Albert Chlouber, Civil Action No. H-09-3917 (Southern District of Texas).
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represent a steel manufacturer in a breach of contract matter involving the destruction of a bridge crane at Severstal Steel. On behalf of the plaintiff, we are seeking in excess of $25,000,000 for defendant’s negligence, which caused the collapse and destruction of a crane during a heavy wind event. Severstal Sparrows Point, LLC v. Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Inc., No. 1:09cv1668 (Maryland, June 24,2009).
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a supplier of automobile filtration products in an action brought under the Lanham Act, Illinois common law, and Illinois Deceptive Trade Practices Act seeking injunction, compensatory and punitive damages related to a false advertising campaign. Fram Group Operations, LLC V. Purolator Filters Na, LLC, No. 1:12cv3040, (N.D. Ill., April 24, 2012).
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a watersport boat manufacturer in a dealer distributor dispute involving the termination of dealer.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented Champion in an unfair competition action against its competitor Parker-Hannifin Corp. and an affiliate of Parker. Employing the doctrine of the Sherman Act, Champion contended that Parker falsely marked its oil filter and made design changes to other components of the filtration system that prevented use of Champion’s lower-priced filter and thwarted competition from Champion and other suppliers in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law. 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52853.
  • On behalf of clients, a Barnes & Thornburg attorney has obtained trial verdicts, permanent and temporary injunctive relief, substantial monetary settlements and has required counterfeiters to recall products under the auspices of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. As part of representation, Mr. Lewis also has coordinated efforts with law enforcement, U.S. Customs and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement to stop the importation of counterfeits.
  • On behalf of global manufacturer of electrical products, prosecute civil actions under the Lanham Act against known manufacturers and distributors of counterfeit circuit breakers. Related work included investigations, inspections and collaborating with federal authorities. In addition to putting a dent in the growing industry of counterfeiting of electrical products, these civil efforts helped lead to the first criminal conviction of a distributor of counterfeit circuit breakers.
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