Stephen Swedlow is Co-Managing Partner of the Chicago office and is a trial expert who has focused his entire career on complex civil cases, having tried over 20 cases to verdict both as lead counsel for plaintiffs and defendants. With respect to patent litigation, he has tried to verdict successful claims on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, developing innovative damages theories in the context of comparable licensing affirmed by the Federal Circuit. With respect to class actions, he has represented defendants (and plaintiffs) in over 100 complex class actions and is one of the few attorneys in the country who has served as lead counsel in two successful class action trials actually tried to verdict. After completing his clerkship for Judge Farris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1996, his practice has included first chair jury trials in many complex subject matters, including intellectual property, antitrust, environmental, class action, wage/hour/employment, and products liability. Mr. Swedlow was a Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist in 2003 for obtaining the largest civil verdict in Illinois history and has been an Illinois “Super Lawyer” from 2006-2016. He has served as lead counsel in multi-party jury trials and arbitrations, led large, multi-party litigation efforts, and argued (and won) important appeals, including several before state Supreme Courts and federal appellate courts.
In a career spanning over 20 years, Mr. Swedlow has successfully represented a variety of clients including: public corporations, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, private technology start-ups, private shareholders, institutional investors, health insurance companies, and plaintiff classes – including Uber Technologies, Koch Industries, Lucent, Nokia, Colgate-Palmolive, AT&T, Invista, Union Carbide and comScore. On the Plaintiffs’ side, Mr. Swedlow has obtained billions in recovery for individual plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ classes. On the defense side, Mr. Swedlow has tried to verdict cases ranging from patent litigation, products liability, class actions, patent infringement to environmental liability. He has defeated at trial claims brought by state and federal governmental agencies and served as lead counsel on antitrust claims that arise over the assertion in federal court and the ITC of patents essential to technology standards. He has been called upon by many of his clients in times of crisis to defend against claims for preliminary injunctions seeking to shut down their businesses. Mr. Swedlow has defeated such claims all across the country for Uber as well as for other clients including Flint Hills Resources.
Mr. Swedlow has over 20 years of experience litigating health care-related and pharmaceutical disputes. Currently, he serves as lead counsel in certified class action on behalf of health insurance companies against the US Government seeking Risk Corridors payments due under the Affordable Care Act.
Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he founded his own law firm of Swedlow & Associates where he was one of the few lawyers ever to serve as lead trial counsel on two separate class action trials taken to verdict. He is an invited lecturer Northwestern University Law School on statutory torts, complex civil litigation and class actions. Mr. Swedlow has also been retained by foreign governments to provide guidance and expertise with respect to cost recovery actions.