Firm Profile > Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP > Chicago, United States

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
200 South Wacker Drive, 22nd Floor
CHICAGO, IL 60606
United States

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Trial and litigation boutique Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP handles products liability, mass tort, class action and high-stakes commercial cases. The firm acts for US and multinational companies and specializes in complex scientific and technical issues. Founding partner Tarek Ismail leads the litigation practice, often acting in conjunction with Jennifer Greenblatt, who defends complex and multi-district commercial litigation. Also notable in the team is associate Allyson Julien, who is experienced representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability and mass tort litigation. Of recent note, the group is representing Bayer in litigation involving Mirena, an FDA-approved intrauterine contraceptive system, where plaintiffs filed over 5,000 cases nationwide alleging a variety of injuries. All named lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Ismail

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Merck & Co.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Schering-Plough Corp.

Schering Corp.

MSP Singapore Co.

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

Bayer HealthCare

Bayer Corp.

Bayer Pharma

Bayer

Monsanto Company

Johnson & Johnson

Ethicon

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Medtronic

UCB

AbbVie

3M

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP is a trial and litigation boutique headquartered in Chicago, which is also where the antitrust team is based. The firm is well-equipped to take on large commercial cases and displays a key strength in trial strategy. In terms of industry expertise, the group shines specifically in the areas of pharmaceuticals and building materials. Tarek Ismail and Jennifer Greenblatt are in joint charge of the antitrust litigation practice, often serving as strategic counsel to commercial retailers. Thinking beyond antitrust and keeping the bigger picture in mind, both show significant experience with putative antitrust class actions, opt-out suits and price-fixing cases.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Ismail; Jennifer Greenblatt

Testimonials

‘Jen Greenblatt was excellent at oral argument. She was very prepared and persuasive. The judge paused in the middle of argument to compliment her and say how much he was enjoying their exchange. She also came up with a novel argument that our other firms had not considered and that we are now relying on in multiple cases.’

‘The Goldman Ismail team is smart, responsive, and innovative. They stand out for their communication and timeliness.’

‘Tarek Ismail and Jennifer Greenblatt are blessed with innovative legal minds and old-fashioned common sense. They will present you with good legal strategies, but are realistic about what arguments will work in the real world.’

‘The Goldman team is an outstanding trial team with full service capabilities in terms of case work up and trial work.’  

‘Jen Greenblatt is a superb young partner who has outstanding trial skills and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’ 

Key clients

Merck & Co., Inc.; Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.; Schering-Plough Corp.; Schering Corp.; and MSP Singapore Co. LLC

Holcim (US) Inc.

Lafarge North America Inc.; Lafarge Building Materials Inc.

General commercial disputes Tier 5

A Chicago-headquartered trial and litigation boutique, with offices in Dallas and Santa Monica, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP is regularly sought after for its expertise in product liability, mass tort, class action, IP and antitrust litigation. A particular strength of the firm is in the pharmaceutical industry. Co-founder Tarek Ismail and Jennifer Greenblatt are defending Merck & Co. against over a dozen putative antitrust class actions arising out of the company's settlement of a Zetia Hatch-Waxman patent case in 2010. The firm is also active in the sports space (Major League Baseball is a key client), as well as the retail and manufacturing sectors. In the latter area, a cross-office team is serving as co-national defense counsel for 3M on a number of nationwide actions relating to the manufacture of perfluorinated compounds. Another key litigator is Alan Littmann, a specialist in complex litigation involving scientific and technical subject matters; he also counts MLB and HBO among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Ismail

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Goldman; Joe Tomaselli; Alan Littmann; Jennifer Greenblatt; Michael Pieja; Shayna Cook

Testimonials

Goldman Ismail’s team is responsive and its ‘all fixed fee’ approach removes billing surprises. The team is especially good at keeping us informed about deadlines and decision points and drafts are always provided in plenty of time for review.

Tarek Ismail and Jennifer Greenblatt have the right balance of ‘tough’ and ‘friendly’. They won’t back down, but they don’t break dishes just to stand out.

Key clients

Merck & Co.

Bayer

Teledyne Technologies

Johnson & Johnson

UCB

AbbVie

3M

HBO

Lafarge

Major League Baseball