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Robert J. McLaughlin Partner

Robert McLaughlin is an experienced trial lawyer who handles complex litigation matters throughout the United States. He devotes 100% of his law practice to litigation. He concentrates in the areas of mass torts, class actions, business litigation, and catastrophic personal injury. Bob serves as national trial and coordinating counsel in industry-wide litigation and also as lead trial counsel in lawsuits pending in Illinois. Bob is a tireless and zealous advocate for each of his clients, whether the matter is bet-the-company litigation or a lawsuit involving more moderate liability exposure.

In 2015, Bob was selected as a "Premier 100 Trial Attorney" for the State of Illinois by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys (AATA). This award recognizes the top 100 trial attorneys in each state. Membership into AATA's Premier 100 requires the satisfaction of stringent criteria and standards established by the AATA Board of Directors, including notable verdicts, settlements and achievements. Also, in 2015 and 2016 Bob 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. From 2014 to 2017, Bob was selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers List - no more than 5% of lawyers in the state are selected for this honor. From 2009 to 2013, Bob was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars List", an honor reserved for no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state, under the age of 40, nominated and selected by peers in the legal community.

Bob is committed to giving back to his law firm and the community. An example of his exemplary pro bono service is the favorable monetary settlement Bob achieved on behalf of a prisoner in a Section 1983 federal lawsuit he prosecuted against the Cook County Department of Corrections involving civil rights violations for refusal to provide medical treatment.

Bob lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. Bob is also a volunteer youth softball coach.

  • Eastern Illinois University, B.S.
    (Political Science and Pre-Law), 1997
  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2000
    • The John Marshall Law Review, Member
    • Moot Court Trial Team, Member

  • Illinois, 2000
  • U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U. S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2005
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2007
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2010
  • U. S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2011
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2011
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2016
  • U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2016

Honors
  • The John Marshall Law Review, Member
  • Moot Court Trial Team, Member
  • Best Brief Award, Georgetown University Law Center, International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Dean’s Honor List
  • Selected as "Premier 100 Trial Attorney" for the State of Illinois by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys (AATA) – this award recognizes the top 100 trial attorneys in each state.
  • Selected as Illinois Super Lawyer (2014-2017) – no more than 5% of lawyers in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor.
  • Selected as Illinois Rising Star (2009-2013) – no more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor.
  • Selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (2015 and 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.

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