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.