Robert M. Andalman

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Rob is a founding member of A&G Law LLC. Over the past more than twenty-five years, his practice has included civil litigation, regulatory defense and white-collar criminal defense, including appellate work in state and federal courts of appeal.

In civil practice, Rob has represented Fortune 50 companies in significant class action, antitrust, RICO, consumer law and commercial cases, often with tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. He has also represented small and mid-size companies in business disputes with fewer dollars at stake, but where the results are just as important to the clients. Rob’s civil practice has included counseling clients on consumer and unclaimed property law compliance and assisting those clients in dealing with regulators and auditors.

In criminal practice, Rob has represented individuals and companies, including political leaders, senior executives and others, in grand jury investigations and indicted cases. Rob has conducted and overseen internal investigations and developed and implemented compliance programs, including providing training on anti-corruption laws. With the assistance of local counsel, he has also assisted international clients defend against Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and extradition requests in countries from Cyprus to Spain to the United States.

In both criminal and civil cases, Rob has argued appeals before multiple panels of the Seventh Circuit, including en banc, the First, Third and Ninth Circuits, and multiple panels of the Illinois Appellate Court. Rob’s appellate work has resulted in a dozen published decisions. He has also filed briefs and/or cert petitions to the Illinois and U.S. Supreme Court.

Before co-founding A&G, Rob was a partner at the international law firms Loeb & Loeb LLP, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now Dentons) and Altheimer & Gray.

Some examples of Rob’s work are:

Civil Litigation:

  • Representing the four largest Illinois casinos as plaintiffs against Illinois race tracks in a civil RICO case alleging defendants’ participation in a criminal enterprise with former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. With his A&G team, Rob was lead counsel in jury trial that ended with verdict and judgment in favor of clients for a total of $81.8 million, including trebled and punitive damages.
  • Defending a Fortune 50 retailer in multiple national class action lawsuits, including two cases seeking in excess of $100 million under RICO or consumer fraud theories. Rob won dismissal on the pleadings, defending dismissal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal, and/or developed strategies to avoid months of expensive discovery in every one of these cases.
  • Representing major vitamin manufacturer in multiple national consumer fraud class actions, including defense of a dismissal on the pleadings before First Circuit Court of Appeal and protecting a complete defense summary judgment before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
  • Representing real estate investment manager in False Claims Act case seeking in excess of $60 million in damages, Rob won a complete defense summary judgment, defending that judgment on appeal.
  • Prosecuted action in federal court to enforce non-competition and non-solicitation restrictive covenants on behalf of national bank, winning emergency injunctive relief.
  • Prosecuted multiple commercial disputes, primarily in federal court, on contingency fee basis, securing millions of dollars on behalf of clients ranging from public companies to entrepreneurs based on theories from breach of contract to fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Providing unclaimed property counseling and defending state unclaimed property audits for multiple companies, including a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company, a Fortune 50 retailer, a publicly listed restaurant chain and a national wireless carrier.

White Collar Defense:

  • Co-lead trial counsel defending a pharmaceutical sales executive in federal court in Boston, through trial and appeal to the First Circuit, part of then largest-ever health care fraud case.
  • Representing the lead defendant in a 19-defendant Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) sting case in federal court in Washington, D.C. All defendants were either acquitted or had the cases against them dismissed.
  • Defending a former Illinois Governor, his campaign fund and dozens of witnesses during the grand jury investigation of the Governor.
  • Represented multiple witnesses through investigative stage and trials in high-profile and widely reported federal criminal investigations, including cases related to Mueller and “Varsity Blues” investigations.

Clerkships

Law Clerk to Hon. James T. Moody (USDC ND Indiana), 1993-95

Law Clerk to Hon. Ralph Adam Fine (Wisconsin Court of Appeals), 1992-93

Education

Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992 

University of Michigan, BA, with honors, 1988

Pembroke College, Cambridge University (1986-87)

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Illinois Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Wisconsin Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Robert Andalman is not admitted into any bar of any court not listed above.

Distinctions

Named in “Illinois Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, Consumer Law and Criminal Defense: White Collar, a Thomson Reuters business (2010-2017)

Recommended “Top Lawyers in Illinois” in Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense Law: White Collar, Leading Lawyers Network, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2008-2012)

Named in The Legal 500 US in Marketing and Advertising, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2012 edition)

Highest “AV Preeminent (5 out of 5)” Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory