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Raynal, Lazar P.

Lazar P. Raynal

Direct Tel: +1 312-705-7411, Direct Fax: +1 312-705-7401
Tel: +1 312 705 7400 Fax: +1 312 705 7401

Lazar Raynal is an internationally recognized, preeminent trial lawyer and a proud Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Lazar joined the firm in 2017.  Previously, Lazar was the Global Chair of McDermott Will & Emery's Litigation Practice Group, where he also served on the firm’s Management and Executive Committees and was co-chair of the Trust & Estate Controversy Practice.  Lazar provides legal counsel to clients on a wide array of fiduciary and complex commercial litigation, including patent litigation, fiduciary disputes, contract and long-term supply agreements, challenged business practices and management of litigation across U.S. and non-U.S. jurisdictions.  He has been lead trial counsel in a number of “bet-the-company” cases before juries, judges and arbitrators.  He also has tried a variety of criminal cases and led numerous internal investigations for clients in response to governmental investigations and civil suits. Lazar has represented some of the wealthiest families and well-known private businesses in the world as well.

Lazar has been widely recognized for his representation of clients in various state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before dozens of arbitration panels throughout the United States by various leading publications. He enjoys trying cases and also is dedicated to assisting clients with strategic planning and resolving significant disputes.

  • Allianz
  • ConvaTec
  • Celanese
  • Diageo
  • Irving Oil
  • Little Caesar’s Enterprises
  • Vector Group
  • Defending companies in class actions alleging violations of Biometric Privacy legislation. 
  • Defense of patent cases, including allegations of patent infringement and improper patent markings relating to medical and mechanical devices.
  • Lead trial counsel for complex business termination disputes and international arbitrations, including a jury trial for one of the largest liquor industry disputes for Diageo North America, defending against claims in excess of $200 million.
  • Served as lead trial counsel and secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of Celanese Corporation, a leading producer of chemicals and fibers, against breach of contract and fraud allegations seeking approximately $4 billion in damages.
  • Lead counsel in significant cases across California, including patent disputes, tax challenges, insurance coverage, trust and fiduciary litigation.
  • Successfully represented the Board of Directors of FirstMerit Corp. in response to a class action  lawsuit arising from the merger with Huntington Bancshares.  The class action lawsuit was brought by FirstMerit shareholders who claimed the directors of FirstMerit agreed to unfair terms in the merger with Huntington.
  • Lead many trust restructurings and significant trust related disputes for large family businesses held in U.S. and foreign trusts, including representation of heiress Liesel Pritzker in widely publicized suit against trustees for breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Served as lead attorney for significant insurance industry investigations and coverage disputes, including winning judgment for Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Company against a medical device manufacturer in a coverage dispute worth approximately $200 million, successfully defending various insurance companies in nationwide investigations and lawsuits related to business practices.
  • Represented Orbitz Worldwide in tax litigation in many various jurisdictions across the United States.
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
    (J.D., cum laude, 1988)
  • University of Wisconsin
    (B.S., 1985)
  • The State Bar of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Third Circuit
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Courts:
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • McDermott Will & Emery:
    • Partner, 1993-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • The Legal 500
  • Best Lawyers in Illinois
  • Citywealth Leaders List, Leading Lawyer in North America – USA
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV rated
  • Super Lawyer, Illinois
  • American Lawyer 2007, Fab Fifty Young Litigators
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Dean’s Circle
  • Pat Tillman Foundation
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Federal Defender Program Panel