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Jennifer Fitzgerald has extensive business litigation experience in matters involving intellectual property, securities, antitrust and general commercial litigation throughout the United States. Her legal experience includes trial and appellate work on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex litigation matters.
As a registered patent attorney, Jennifer has the ability to discuss inventions at their most scientific level but she also is skilled in the art of explaining technical issues to lay persons. She has advised clients and litigated patents throughout the U.S. on topics as varied as golf clubs, windshield wipers, diet modification software, visual skills enhancement, package design, medical products, acoustic echo cancellation technology, RFID technology and wireless communications.
She assists clients with prosecution and protection of trademarks and copyrights worldwide. She has organized raids against counterfeiters in China, actively assisted a client in the "reclamation" of trademarks in Europe and recovered U.S. domain names from cybersquatters. She maintains contacts with a worldwide set of foreign counsel to serve the international needs of her clients.
Initially stemming from her intellectual property and litigation backgrounds, Jennifer regularly advises clients in the area of product recalls. Having represented clients before the Consumer Products Safety Commission, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, she is skilled in the assessment and management of a product recall, recognizing the sensitivity in protecting a brand and consumers alike. She also assists clients in evaluating internal practices and procedures related to recall preparedness. In these advisory roles, Jennifer and clients work together to minimize the impact of a recall on the company as a whole.
In her securities practice, Jennifer served on a team that won the only "fraud on the market" securities class action case in which, after trial, a jury found the company not guilty, despite evidence that directors were selling shares prior to a disappointing earnings announcement. She also has represented broker dealers in both class action suits and regulatory body investigations. In the antitrust context, she has participated in actions before the International Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. In addition she represented a client in a U.S. antitrust action, alleging tying, predatory pricing, monopolization and attempted monopolization in the international arena.
As a result of both her broad legal experience and her personality, Jennifer also serves as outside general counsel to several companies. In this context, she provides general advice and counseling services, and facilitates problem identification and resolution.
Notable Cases and Results:
Represented a publicly traded maker of automatic identification and data capture equipment through nationwide, multi-jurisdictional litigation against one of its largest competitors, securing favorable settlements in all matters.
Represented a client in litigation to enforce patent rights relating to an extensive portfolio of radio-frequency identification ("RFID") patents.
United States Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Year of Birth: 1970
Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement: Case reporter, Consumer Law Reporter; London Advocacy Program, 1994-1995
Undergraduate School: University of Southern California, B.S.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Awards; Honors; Recognitions:
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2017-present
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
USC Midwest Alumni Association
Founded in 1983, Freeborn is a leading midsize law firm based in Chicago, with four additional offices in New York City; Richmond, Va.; Springfield, Ill; and Tampa, Fla.
We provide corporate clients and individuals with a wide array of legal services divided into multiple practice groups and industry teams: Litigation, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Bankruptcy, Government and Regulatory Law, Insurance and Reinsurance, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Food and Beverage, and Transportation. Many of our clients rely on us for multiple areas of legal counsel and benefit from the efficiencies realized by opting to consolidate legal services to a single, full-service provider. We also pride ourselves on our legacy of combining legal savvy with business and industry knowledge to provide sector-specific legal advice to generate the best outcomes for our clients.
Freeborn has more than 60 litigators in its Chambers-ranked Litigation Practice Group. Known for its deep bench of experienced trial lawyers who handle all areas of complex disputes and litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States, our experience covers all forms of contention, from liability involving multiple parties, to industry-specific regulations, and from high-profile accidents, to disruption of key commercial ventures.
We vigorously advocate for our clients in such areas as antitrust, insurance and reinsurance, product liability, breach of contract, intellectual property, restrictive covenants, labor and employment, professional liability, class actions, and securities, among many others. We have a track record of resolving claims through summary judgment and settlement; however, our lawyers are highly skilled at squaring off against opposing counsel should a matter go to trial. In addition, our in-house E-Discovery Lab is recognized as a trailblazing innovation among law firms for its high-quality, low-cost approach to the preservation, review and production of electronically stored information.