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Feller, Leonid

Leonid Feller

Partner

leonidfeller@quinnemanuel.com
Direct Tel: +1 312-705-7484, Direct Fax: +1 312-705-7401
Chicago
Tel: +1 312 705 7400 Fax: +1 312 705 7401

Leonid Feller is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Chicago office. A former federal prosecutor, Lenny concentrates his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense and government investigations, defending corporations and individuals in federal and state criminal, civil, and regulatory proceedings, including in connection with allegations of antitrust violations, securities fraud, health care fraud, public corruption, and environmental crimes. Lenny also has broad trial and appellate experience in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including multidistrict litigation, consumer class actions, mass tort and product liability litigation, False Claims Act suits, and contract disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Lenny is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, where he has taught courses on federal criminal prosecution, investigation and defense. He is the co-author of Criminal Pretrial Advocacy 3d Ed. (West 2019) and numerous other scholarly works.

  • Abbott
  • Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners
  • FCA Group
  • Gaylord Chemical Company
  • General Motors
  • Marfrig Global Foods
  • Medversant
  • Olympia Development of Michigan
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Prospect Mortgage
  • R1 RCM
  • Safeguard Properties Management, LLC
  • University of Phoenix

Antitrust

  • Provide continuing, non-public representation and counseling to corporate and individual clients in regulatory and investigative matters before DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan). Represent FCA Group in price-fixing suit against automotive parts supplier.
  • In re Cattle Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan). Secured dismissal of Marfrig Global Foods in consolidated suit alleging collusion in the beef industry.
  • In re Delta Dental Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Represent plaintiffs in consolidated complaint asserting insurers suppressed competition and fixed provider reimbursement rates.
  • Energy Conversion Devices Liquidation Trust v. Trina Solar Limited (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan). Successfully defended client against claims of price-fixing in solar panel industry. Motion to dismiss granted and dismissal affirmed on appeal.
  • Kleen Products et al. v. Packaging Corp. of America et al. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Represented Packaging Corp. of America in class action alleging an agreement among containerboard manufacturers to restrict output and increase prices to purchasers. Settled on favorable terms.
  • Heinen & Mason, Inc. v. Polaris Sales, Inc. (U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota). Defended Polaris against dealer suit alleging antitrust conspiracy between manufacturer and competing dealers. Settled on favorable terms.

Multidistrict Litigation

  • Trial counsel for General Motors in multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of New York arising from ignition switch and other recalls, as well as related state court actions filed by Arizona Attorney General and Orange County District Attorney, and in dozens of federal and state courts nationwide. Served as lead counsel for General Motors in multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of Florida arising from Takata airbag recall. 

Health Care

  • U.S. ex rel. Peters et al. v. Abbott Laboratories (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee). Defended Abbott Laboratories against qui tam suit alleging improper payments to physicians related to use of biliay, carotid, and peripheral vascular products.
  • State of Minnesota v. Accretive Health, Inc. (U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota). Defended Accretive Health in suit by Minnesota Attorney General alleging violations of federal and state privacy, debt collection, and consumer protection laws.
  • Medversant, Inc. v. State of Michigan (Court of Claims, Michigan). Represented health care technology company in suit against State of Michigan to recover millions of dollars due under wrongfully-terminated services agreement.
  • Represent pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care technology companies and executives in non-public investigations conducted by federal and state enforcement agencies alleging off-label promotion, improper sales and marketing practices, pricing issues, and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, HIPAA and HITECH.

Securities and Shareholder Litigation

  • United States v. Coscia (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Represent individual in seeking post-conviction relief on charges of spoofing and commodities fraud. 
  • Walworth v. Mu Sigma et al (Cook County Circuit Court). Represented investor in securities fraud suit against data analytics company arising from claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. 
  • Maurras Trust v. Accretive Health, Inc.; Wong v. Accretive Health, Inc.; Hughes v. Accretive Health, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois; Chancery Court, Delaware). Represented Accretive Health in series of putative shareholder class actions and derivative suits based on 2012 drop in share price and earnings restatement announcement. Motion to dismiss granted in Maurras TrustWong and Hughes settled on favorable terms.
  • Selbst v. McDonald’s Corp. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Represented McDonald’s in putative shareholder class action based on 2002 drop in share price. Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Edwards v. Weirton Steel Corp. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia). Defended steel manufacturer and its officers against ERISA claims alleging breach of fiduciary duty arising from delay of stock distribution from two ESOPs. Settled on favorable terms.
  • Provide continuing, non-public representation and counseling to corporate and individual clients in regulatory and investigative matters before the SEC.

Financial Services

  • Represented Prospect Mortgage in connection with U.S. government’s industry-wide investigation of FHA-lending practices before HUD-OIG and DOJ. 
  • Independent Trust Corp. v. Stewart Title Co. et al. (Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois). Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in connection with regulatory actions arising out of fraud committed by trust company and its directors. Secured judgments for PwC as state receiver in excess of $68 million.

Consumer Class Actions

  • Bund et al. v. Safeguard Properties Management, LLC.(U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington). Represented nation’s largest provider of preservation services of abandoned properties in default in consumer fraud suit. Succeeded in decertifying 19,000 plaintiff class and securing dismissal. Appeal currently pending in 9th Circuit.  
  • State of Illinois v. Safeguard Properties (Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois). Represented Safeguard in consumer fraud suit by the Illinois Attorney General. Also represented Safeguard in parallel investigation by Maryland Attorney General and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Data Security and Privacy

  • Provide non-public representation to companies that have experienced significant security breaches involving sensitive business information, including health care and private equity clients. Led incident response teams and was responsible for internal investigations, crisis management, public disclosures, and litigation strategies arising from the data intrusions.

Mass Tort, Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation

  • In re Chemical Release at Bogalusa. (22nd Judicial District Court, Washington Parish, Louisiana). Trial counsel for Gaylord Chemical Co. in four-month, 16,000-plaintiff class action jury trial arising from railcar explosion and release of nitrogen tetroxide, resulting in favorable verdict for client. 
  • W.W. Grainger Asbestos Litigation. National coordinating counsel for hundreds of asbestos suits nationwide.

Higher Education

  • U.S. ex rel. Hoggett v. University of Phoenix et al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California). Secured dismissal of qui tam suit alleging violations of Department of Education’s incentive compensation ban.

Arbitration

  • Douglas Etkin v. Bruce Etkin (American Arbitration Association).Secured complete defense verdict and award of fees in suit claiming breach of contract arising from $247 million real estate transaction.
  • R1 RCM v. Anesthesia Management Services (American Arbitration Association).Represent revenue cycle management provider in suit against physician group for unpaid fees.
  • Matter of James E. O’Kane and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter et al. (New York Stock Exchange). Represented Morgan Stanley broker in NYSE arbitration against claims of unsuitable investments, securing defense verdict and expungement of claim from broker’s record.

Bankruptcy Litigation

  • In re UAL Corp. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois). Counsel for United Airlines in litigation matters arising from its Chapter 11 reorganization. Secured successful modification of airline’s retiree health care benefits following contested evidentiary hearing.
  • In re Dade Behring Holdings, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois). Counsel for medical-supply company in contested hearings that resulted in successful $1.5 billion restructuring.

Dealer and Franchise Litigation

  • Oldsmobile Phase-Out Litigation. Counsel for General Motors in dozens of dealer suits nationwide alleging statutory, contract, and tort claims arising from phase-out of the Oldsmobile Division. Secured dismissal of numerous plaintiffs’ claims and settled others on favorable terms.
  • Motor Werks Partners, L.P. v. BMW of North America, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Represented BMW in dealer’s breach of contract action claiming manufacturer wrongfully denied plaintiff the right to sell MINI Cooper automobiles, securing favorable settlement.
  • Flagler Automotive, Inc. v. Exxon Mobil Corp. (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida); Dan Gill v. Exxon Mobil Corp. (Neuces County Court, Texas); Zourob, Inc. et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp. (Wayne County Circuit Court, Michigan). Defended ExxonMobil against putative dealer classes alleging unfair gasoline pricing in federal and state courts, securing denial of class certification and dismissal of claims.
  • Ronald Alcorn v. BP Products North America, Inc. (U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota). Defended BP against claims by twenty-three Twin Cities retail dealers alleging unfair gasoline pricing. Settled on favorable terms.
  • Salik Rao v. BP Products North America, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Trial counsel for BP in franchisee suit seeking temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent termination. Secured denial of injunctive relief following evidentiary hearing and eventual dismissal of all claims.
  • Prime Steak Chicago, Inc. et al. v. Ruth U. Fertel, Inc. et al. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Represented Ruth’s Chris Steak House against franchisee alleging breach of agreement to award new restaurants. Settled on favorable terms. 

Appellate Litigation

Published opinions in private practice:

  • Energy Conversion Devices Liquidation Trust v. Trina Solar Limited, 833 F.3d 680 (6th Cir. 2016)
  • Wong v. Accretive Health, Inc., 773 F.3d 859 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • U.S. v. Durham, 766 F.3d 672 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • U.S. v. Earls, 704 F.3d 466 (7th Cir. 2012)

Published opinions at U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan:

  • U.S. v. Daniels, 653 F.3d 399 (6th Cir. 2011)
  • U.S. v. Wilson, 614 F.3d 219 (6th Cir. 2010)
  • U.S. v. Quesada, 607 F.3d 1128 (6th Cir. 2010)
  • U.S. v. Yono, 605 F.3d 425 (6th Cir. 2010)
  • U.S. v. Al-Cholan, 610 F.3d 945 (6th Cir. 2010)
  • U.S. v. Bowers, 594 F.3d 522 (6th Cir. 2010)
  • U.S. v. Castano, 543 F.3d 826 (6th Cir. 2008)
  • Celaj v. Gonzales, 186 Fed.Appx. 176 (2d Cir. 2006)

Pro Bono

  • Represent defendant in re-sentencing proceedings in Michigan court following juvenile sentence of life imprisonment.
  • Represented multiple defendants in post-conviction proceedings in Illinois courts following torture finding by Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Conviction.
  • Secured commutation from Illinois Governor of multi-year sentences against juveniles charged with adult felonies for disciplinary infractions at youth facility.
  • Represented Alabama death row inmate in post-conviction proceedings. 
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., cum laude, 2000)
    • Irving Oberman Memorial Award
    • Journal of Law and Public Policy:
      •  Editor
    • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
  • University of Michigan
    (A.B., Economics & Political Science, highest distinction, 1996)
    • Osterweil Prize in Economics
    • Michigan Daily:
      • Crime beat reporter
The State Bar of Illinois; The State Bar of Michigan; United States Court of Appeals: Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court: Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Eastern District of Michigan, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Russian
  • University of Michigan Law School:
    • Lecturer, 2009–present
  • Kirkland & Ellis:
    • Partner, 2011-2019
    • Associate, 2001-2005
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan:
    • Assistant United States Attorney, 2006-2011
  • Wayne State University Law School:
    • Adjunct Professor, 2008–11
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable David A. Nelson:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2000-2001
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore:
    • Summer Associate, 1999
  • Named an Illinois Rising Star (2013–2016) by Super Lawyers magazine

Publications

  • Criminal Pretrial Advocacy 3d Ed. (with P. Henning et al.) (West 2019)
  • Criminal Pretrial Advocacy 2d Ed. (with P. Henning et al.) (West 2016)
  • Criminal Pretrial Advocacy (with P. Henning et al.) (West 2013)
  • The Jurisdictional Entrapment Defense, 98 KY. L.J. 103 (2010)
  • The Case for Federal Preemption of State Dealer Franchise Laws, 11 U. PA. J. BUS. L. 909 (2009)
  • Annual Survey of Michigan Law, Civil Rights, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 119 (2009)
  • Help Refinance Homes To Boost Economy At Little Cost, Op-Ed, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 18, 2009
  • What The Auto Industry Needs To Survive, Op-Ed, Detroit Free Press, Nov. 12, 2008

Seminars

  • Innocence Lost Conference, FBI New Agent Training, Cambridge, MA, September 14, 2010
  • Protecting Victims of Child Prostitution, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, VA, March 31, 2010
  • Protecting Victims of Child Prostitution, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Phoenix, AZ, December 17, 2009
  • Innocence Lost: Investigation and Prosecution of Sex Trafficking of Children, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC, August 12, 2009
  • 2009 Innocence Lost National Initiative, St. Louis, MO, June 3, 2009
  • Human Trafficking Conference, Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, Traverse City, MI, May 20, 2008
  • Project Safe Childhood, Compuware Corporation, Detroit, MI, July 23, 2007
  • University of Michigan Law School, Lecturer (2009–present)
  • New Trier Educational Foundation, Board of Directors (2018-present)
  • Glencoe Caucus School Board Nominating Committee (2012–14)
  • Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Eastern Michigan, Vice President (2010–11)
  • Member of the U.S. Courts Committee of the State Bar of Michigan (2010–13)
  • Attorney Discipline Board panelist, State Bar of Michigan (2010–11)
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, YAD, Board of Directors (2009–11)
  • Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Board of Directors (2009–10)
  • Harvard University Schools Committee (2008–11)