Joel G. Chefitz is a nationally renowned trial and antitrust lawyer. Joel serves as chair of the Chicago Antitrust & Competition Group. He has achieved noted success in trials and appeals of complex business litigation, including antitrust, securities, mergers and acquisitions, patent, class action defense, professional responsibility, sports and constitutional litigation. Joel has prevailed in more than 100 major complex disputes, including the following:
Joel was named 2014 Midwest Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Litigation and led the McDermott team that was selected by the publication as 2013 Antitrust Firm of the Year - Midwest. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, and is widely recognized as a leader in business trials and antitrust law. Chambers USA has consistently granted Joel its highest ranking, describing him as a "renowned trial attorney," "lauded by clients [as] quite brilliant" and "also respected by peers for his 'controlled aggression and his focus on getting the best for his clients.'" Benchmark Litigation too ranks Joel as a "renowned" national star.
Prior to joining McDermott, Joel was a partner in the Chicago office of Howrey, where he served as managing partner. He began his career as a trial partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Joel served as judicial clerk to Judge Walter Jay Skinner of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. While in law school, he was note and case editor of the Boston University Law Review. He was awarded the faculty prize as the graduate demonstrating the greatest legal scholarship.
A detailed summary of representative client accomplishments is available; highlights include the following: