DiCello Levitt Gutzler

Illinois

Review

Dispute resolution

Plaintiff specialty shop DiCello Levitt Gutzler enjoys its second year as one of Benchmark’s Top Plaintiff shops, an impressive accomplishment considering that the firm itself is only four years old. The firm has made considerable waves in a short period of time. This momentum could be attributed to the background of its founding partners – Adam Levitt was previously with securities plaintiff shop Grant & Eisenhofer, and Mark DiCello was formerly a prosecutor – but it could also be due to the firm’s business model. Eschewing the singular approaches employed by many other plaintiff firms, such as a class actions or a single-incident personal injury, the firm has remained dedicated to a variety of strengths across a number of different areas, with a particular concentration in the consumer class-actions area as of late. Several of its cases have made headlines. Ostensibly a boutique, the firm operates out of offices in Chicago, Cleveland, New York and St. Louis. “You MUST know Adam Levitt,” insists a peer. “He has [been] around and is fabulous.” Levitt was appointed to the plaintiff steering committee in a class action on behalf of consumers affected by a 2014 a defect in the ignition switch installed in nearly 10 million GM vehicles that was tied to over 100 deaths and countless other injuries. Levitt also represents plaintiffs who brough claims against ComEd under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, the Public Utilities Act, and for unjust enrichment to remedy the harm caused by defendants, who bribed Illinois elected officials for the passage of legislation that guaranteed defendants billions of dollars in ill-gotten profits to the detriment of plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed in late July 2020 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division.   

     The firm’s star power extends beyond its name partners. In fact, a pronounced level of peers point to Amy Keller as one of the most quickly rising names in her field. “Amy has proven herself in fairly short order,” insists one peer who goes on to testify, “Over the past two years, we’ve really had the opportunity to get to know each other, and she is a tireless, fabulous lawyer. I have great expectations as to the work she’ll be doing in her future. Another peer extols, “DiCello are making a name for themselves and it’s really smart of them to be promoting Amy,” insists one peer. “She was appointed lead on the Equifax case, and she was the youngest lead on that, certainly the youngest female lead. [She is] Really impressive. The referred-to litigation stemmed from Equifax’s ineffective handling of a massive 2017 data security breach that exposed the Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and – in some cases – the driver’s license and credit card numbers of 147 million American consumers. Keller played a pivotal role in securing the latest settlement in a data breach to date, including a cash fund of up to $505 million, and a commitment from Equifax to invest $1 billion in security changes. In another data breach-related matter, Keller is acting on an ongoing class action in which over 300 million customers were impacted by a data breach announced by Marriott in 2018. In early 2020, the trial court largely upheld plaintiffs’ lawsuit against Marriott’s motion to dismiss, rejecting Marriott’s arguments concerning standing for consumers to sue and finding that consumer data has value.