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One of the nation’s leading advocates for plaintiffs in complex multidistrict litigation, commercial litigation, public client litigation, and class action litigation, Adam Levitt has delivered nearly $20 billion in recoveries to individuals, businesses, and public clients in such areas as biotechnology, financial services, insurance coverage, consumer protection, automotive defects, agricultural products, antitrust issues, and securities litigation. 

Adam‘s reputation for successfully challenging corporate behemoths has led to his appointment by State Attorneys General and other public clients in such cases as the largest ongoing environmental contamination case of our time, and the historic litigation arising from Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, where he helped to secure a $16 billion settlement that benefitted car buyers around the world. 

Adam has also served as co-lead counsel in three of the largest biotechnology class actions in history: he has secured $1.1 billion in settlements resulting from contamination of the U.S. rice supply with genetically modified seeds; helped to obtain a $550 million settlement on behalf of landowners and landscapers in a class action involving tree and other foliage death and harm caused by an herbicide; and recovered $110 million for farmers who sustained market losses on corn crops from contamination of the U.S. corn supply with genetically modified corn. In addition to securing significant financial relief to his clients, Adam’s work has changed how biotechnology class action cases are litigated in the United States: he is the co-creator of the first model to measure crop contamination damages on a class-wide basis, an approach that is now considered the industry standard and has been employed in every similar case since then. 

Adam’s groundbreaking work on behalf of plaintiffs has been recognized nationally and in Illinois by such prestigious ranking directories as Chambers USA (Band 1 for Mainly Plaintiffs Litigation in Illinois; also ranked in Illinois for General Commercial Litigation; and nationally for Product Liability Litigation, where he is described as the “go-to plaintiffs’ attorney in the class actions space, with expertise handling matters in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors.”); Benchmark Litigation (for Securities Litigation in Illinois); and recognized as a “pioneer” in technology litigation by The National Law Journal. 

An elected member of the American Law Institute and the Economic Club of Chicago, Adam considers the formation of DiCello Levitt Gutzler in 2017 a vital chapter in his 30-year legal career. He and his partners share a foundation of trust, a vision, and a commitment to holding large companies accountable for injuries caused by their products and practices to current and future generations. 


Updated Sep 2021