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Derek Y. Brandt


Derek Y. Brandt joined McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP as a partner in 2017, bringing with him over 20 years of experience litigating high-stakes disputes involving some of the most powerful corporate and financial interests in the world. His current plaintiff-oriented practice focuses on competition, antitrust, and other commercial and consumer disputes.

Mr. Brandt has deep experience litigating both individual and representative matters, including class actions and derivative suits. He has represented clients large and small, ranging from “name brand” Fortune 100 and Fortune 150 multi-national companies to smaller publicly-traded market innovators, privately held businesses, municipalities, and innumerable individual consumers and investors.

Examples of Mr. Brandt’s individual client engagements include his prosecution of an antitrust “tying” claim on behalf of an innovative ophthalmological surgical device manufacturer against its dominant global competitor, resulting in an eight-figure pre-trial settlement. Mr. Brandt currently acts as lead or co-lead counsel for major corporate plaintiffs in the ongoing In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation action. That litigation is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where Mr. Brandt recently argued an appeal addressing the legal issue of “antitrust injury.”

Mr. Brandt’s class action engagements have included a wide variety of subject matters and disputes. He currently spearheads the firm’s slate of “no poach” actions against fast food franchisors alleging that independent restaurants within franchise chains have unlawfully agreed not to solicit or hire each other’s employees, in violation of antitrust laws. He has represented motorists challenging the constitutionality of the City of Chicago’s red light camera program before the Illinois Supreme Court. He represented an investor pursuing a “double derivative” action in the Delaware Court of Chancery relating to the launch of commercial satellites in Russian-controlled geostationary orbital locations. That engagement resulted in a favorable ruling of first impression by the Delaware Supreme Court, sitting en banc. In 2014, Mr. Brandt was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to serve as Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel in In re AIG Workers Compensation Insurance Policyholder Litigation (MDL No. 2519). He has also represented plaintiffs in False Claims Act “whistleblower” actions and in various litigations relating to consumer, commercial, and investment transactions.

Mr. Brandt has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list each year from 2012-2019, an honor reserved by Thomson Reuters for the top 5% of practitioners, based on peer nominations and its independent research. He was separately honored for inclusion in the 2018-19 version of Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Brandt is a 1992 graduate of DePauw University (B.A.), and a 1995 graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (J.D.). He primarily practices from the firm’s Midwest office and is admitted to practice in all Illinois state and federal courts, a number of federal district courts around the country, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. He regularly represents clients in federal trial courts nationwide.

Contact Derek Brandt today by calling (909) 345-8110.


  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., DePauw University, 1992


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2012-2019

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tax Payers Against Fraud

Federal Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

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