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Two named partners at Korein Tillery law firm


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ST. LOUIS — Korein Tillery, a well-known plaintiff’s firm practicing in Madison County and the region, has named Robert E. Litan and Maximilian C. Gibbons as partners at the firm.

Litan is a nationally renowned attorney and economist with nearly four decades of experience litigating cases, conducting economic research, crafting economic policy, and heading up both public and private organizations. A prolific writer and speaker on economics, antitrust law, and financial regulation, he has authored or co-authored over 27 books, 200 journal and newspaper articles, and edited 14 books. He has served as Korein Tillery’s senior counsel on economic and antitrust matters since mid-2014. He is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, earned his law degree from Yale Law School and his PhD in economics from Yale University.

Litan litigated first with Arnold & Porter and then with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy. In 1993, he was appointed principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. Later, he was appointed associate director of the Office of Management and Budget where he oversaw the budgets of five cabinet-level agencies.

He served as a consultant to the Department of Treasury on financial modernization and the effectiveness of the Community Reinvestment Act. In the early 1990s, he served as a member of the Presidential-Congressional Commission on the Causes of the Savings and Loan Crisis. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous complex cases involving antitrust matters as well as the regulation of financial institutions. He also has held major executive positions at the Brookings Institution, the Kauffman Foundation and Bloomberg Government. He currently serves on the research advisory boards of the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Committee for Economic Development as well as the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the UCLA School of Law, Gibbons has played an important role in negotiating and obtaining sizeable class settlements at Korein Tillery since joining the firm in 2005 as an associate. He has extensive experience at both the trial and appellate level representing plaintiffs in individual and class actions in Illinois, Missouri and California. He was involved at various levels in the firm’s tobacco litigation, which sought damages for the alleged false marketing of light cigarettes for a class of Missouri plaintiffs. Max has represented plaintiff classes in state and federal court, briefing dispositive motions, participating in complex discovery, and taking and defending depositions.

Korein Tillery has offices in St. Louis and Chicago. The firm has recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, gaining a national reputation for aggressively and successfully pursuing a wide variety of complex civil cases. Korein Tillery was named by the National Law Journal to its “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms. In 2014 and 2015, the firm was named to the National Law Journal’s List of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers.

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