Brian Eldridge is a trial lawyer who devotes 100% of his practice to civil litigation. Brian has a wide range of experience successfully litigating multi-million dollar, high-stakes cases on behalf of his clients. He concentrates his practice in products liability, construction/construction defect, transportation, premises liability, commercial litigation, mass torts, and class action matters. He has handled numerous cases involving death and catastrophic injuries, including paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and other significant permanent disabilities.

Within the commercial litigation context, Brian has successfully litigated cases involving breach of contract and allegations of fraud and bad faith. He has also handled numerous consumer class action lawsuits under federal statutes including the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In addition, Brian has litigated cases involving alleged environmental exposure to mold, vinyl chloride, and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).

Brian was selected for inclusion in the Illinois Rising Stars list for eight straight years, from 2008 to 2015. No more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor. In 2013, Brian was honored to be named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” list. In 2015 and 2016, Brian was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers. The distinction of being named an Emerging Lawyer is reserved for the top 2% of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been identified by their peers as proving themselves to be professional, ethical, and experienced at an early point in their legal career. In 2017, Brian was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer, which is limited to 5% of attorneys in the state.

Brian’s practice philosophy focuses on being accessible and responsive to clients at all times. He is on the rapid response team for several clients and is frequently called upon to orchestrate immediate investigations. Through his years of practice, Brian has developed an extensive expert network, having worked with consultants in various specialized areas including medicine, engineering, construction, epidemiology, pharmacology, economics, federal regulations, safety standards, risk assessment and psychology.

Brian lives in Highland Park with his wife, Jodi, and their three daughters.

  • University of Kansas, B.A. (Psychology), 1997
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2002

  • California, 2002
  • Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2004 (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2007

Honors
  • Selected as Rising Star (2008-2015) – no more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor.
  • Honored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” (2013).
  • Selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (2015-2016) – reserved for the top 2% of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been identified by their peers as proving themselves to be professional, ethical, and experienced at an early point in their legal career.
  • Selected as Illinois Super Lawyer (2017) – no more than 5% of lawyers in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor.
  • Best Oral Advocate, Moot Court (2000)
Practice Highlights
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of real estate developer and property management company in breach of contract claim.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf a large material handling company in case involving claimed multi-million dollar damages.
  • Serves as national coordinating counsel for claims involving independent contractors on behalf of international transportation and logistics provider.
  • Member of team appointed as liaison counsel in poultry antitrust class action litigation.
  • Member of team serving as co-lead counsel in stop-and-frisk class action litigation.
  • Prevailed in a “bet-the-company” two-week jury trial on behalf of a client sued for breach of contract and fraud in a case involving a clinical trial for an over-the-counter drug product.
  • Successfully obtained reversal on appeal of trial court ruling in class action involving foodborne illness.
  • Member of liaison counsel team that recovered over $100 million for direct purchaser plaintiff class in antitrust class action litigation.
  • Obtained dismissal at early stage of litigation for a company in Florida facing a multi-million dollar risk for alleged statutory violations.
  • Reached multi-million dollar settlement in wrongful death case against municipality on behalf of family who lost their four year-old daughter in a hit-and-run accident.
  • Prevailed in a one-week jury trial on behalf of an international cargo carrier sued for breach of a commercial contract. Jury returned verdict after less than 10 minutes of deliberations.
  • Prevailed at summary judgment in $6 million product liability subrogation claim brought against a large privately owned medical supply manufacturer whose product was alleged to have caused a fire that resulted in numerous deaths and destroyed a nursing home in Tennessee.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in case involving serious personal injury on behalf of international intermodal carrier alleged to have improperly loaded container.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of a manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies in a wrongful death case involving an inmate who allegedly hung himself with the client’s product.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of one of Chicago’s largest school bus companies in case involving serious bodily injury by successfully arguing application of novel legal defense.
  • Obtained dismissal of product liability suit against heavy truck manufacturer for injury resulting in amputated leg.
Speaker
  • Perrin Class Action Litigation Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2015

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