Derek Y. Brandt joined McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP as a partner in 2017,
bringing 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 co-lead counsel for several major corporate
plaintiffs pursuing “opt-out” claims in the ongoing
In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation action. That litigation, which alleges the wholesale price-fixing of aluminum
by some of the world’s largest investment banks and traders, is
pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
after remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In
2018, Mr. Brandt made the lead appellate argument resulting in unanimous
reversal of the trial court’s ruling on the legal issue of “antitrust
See Eastman Kodak Co., et al. v. Henry Bath LLC, et al., 936 F.3d 86 (2d Cir. 2019).
Mr. Brandt’s class action engagements have included a wide variety
of subject matters. He currently spearheads McCune Wright Arevalo’s
groundbreaking slate of “no poach” actions against fast food
franchisors. Those actions allege that independent restaurants within
franchise chains have unlawfully agreed not to solicit or hire each other’s
employees, in violation of federal antitrust laws. Mr. Brandt and his
team have secured a number of favorable rulings of first impression in
these matters. In another recent engagement, Mr. Brandt 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 2012-2020, an honor reserved by Thomson Reuters for the top 5% of
practitioners, based on peer nominations and its independent research.
In 2020, Super Lawyers recognized him as one of the Top 100 attorneys
in Illinois. He was separately honored for inclusion in the 2018-19 and
2019-20 versions 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, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals
for the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. He regularly
represents clients in federal trial courts nationwide.
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