Rebecca Fitzpatrick is a litigation partner and trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office. Rebecca focuses on fact- and science-intensive commercial, mass tort, and products liability litigation. She has broad experience in all aspects of major case litigation, and has served as trial counsel in a number of high profile cases. After trying four jury trials in approximately 12 months, Law360 recognized Rebecca as a 2018 “Rising Star” for her trial work.
For example, Rebecca served as trial counsel to AbbVie in two bellwether trials in multi-district litigation related to a low-testosterone therapy. Both were victories for AbbVie, and The American Lawyer called the first a “huge win” that “changes the momentum for AbbVie as the MDL unfolds.”
Rebecca also recently represented Abbott in the fifth trial of an age discrimination lawsuit believed to be one of the longest running civil cases in Ohio state court. After the jury delivered a unanimous verdict for Abbott, The American Lawyer reported that the Kirkland team had “handily dispatched the case.”
In addition to her trial work, Rebecca has extensive experience guiding clients through MDLs, mass actions, and class actions, often involving chemical releases or products liability. She has represented, for example, DuPont in individual and putative class actions related to alleged chloroprene emissions from a facility in Louisiana and in several lawsuits related to alleged groundwater contamination from PFOA and successor chemicals; Boeing in cases related to alleged groundwater contamination from facilities in Washington and California; Rohm & Haas in multiple cases alleging brain cancer caused by asserted exposure to vinyl chloride, the first of which resulted in judgment for Rohm & Haas following an eight-week jury trial; and DuPont, General Electric, and other defendants in several thousand personal injury lawsuits alleging cancers and other diseases due to Cold War era radiation emissions from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington, all of which have settled following bellwether trials and voluntary and involuntary dismissals.
Other recent victories include successful motions to dismiss — successfully defended on appeal — for both Deloitte Tax in an action alleging estate and tax planning malpractice and the directors of Goodheart-Willcox, a textbook publishing company, in securities litigation.
Admissions & Qualifications
- University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2009
- Northwestern UniversityB.A., Economics & Political Science2006