Eric L. White - Partner

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Eric L. White

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Phone: +1 312-862-2992
Fax: +1 312-862-2200
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Professional Profile

Eric White is a litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including environmental, private equity, construction equipment, and insurance.

Representative Matters

Miller UK Ltd. v. Caterpillar Inc.: Litigation counsel in a suit that resulted in the successful jury trial against Caterpillar Inc. in connection with Caterpillar’s breach of contract and theft of trade secrets, culminating in a $73.6 million verdict for Miller UK Ltd. The award in the five-year battle is believed to be the largest trade secret misappropriation verdict in Illinois history.

In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation: Trial counsel for Health Care Service Corporation in a series of putative class action lawsuits filed across the country challenging the structure of the Blue System of health insurance under antitrust laws. Cases pending in MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Litigation: Defending energy company in multi-state litigation and government investigations alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and statutory violations related to its recovery of money from state trust funds for remediating environmental contamination at its current and former service stations.

While an associate at Franczek Radelet, Eric's representative matters included:

Higher Education Investigations: Conducted independent investigation for a public research university into the management of sports injuries, scholarship renewals, and other player treatment issues on the football and women’s basketball teams. Represented institutions of higher education in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Education related to allegations of discrimination.

Higher Education Employment Matters: Represented institutions of higher education in state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings against employees alleging discrimination, breach of contract, and various tort claims.

Memberships & Affiliations

Chair, Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana Auxiliary Board

Member, Chicago Committee Associate Board

Other Distinctions

University of Florida Hall of Fame Inductee

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow

Prior Experience

Franczek Radelet P.C. - Higher Education Associate (2015-2016)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Litigation Associate (2012-2015), Summer Associate (2011)

PILI Fellow, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (2012)

Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP - Summer Associate (2010, 2011)


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U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

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