John Reale has experience in class action litigation involving securities laws, ERISA and product liability, as well as in toxic tort litigation, state and federal False Claims Act litigation, consumer fraud litigation, and general commercial litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Reale was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He previously practiced with Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Susan Illston in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
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- Served as national defense counsel for pharmaceutical manufacturers in various federal and state lawsuits alleging Medicaid and Medicare fraud. Managed day-to-day aspects of cases, including drafting dispositive and discovery motions on behalf of client and joint defense, developing nationwide discovery strategy, leading expert discovery and presenting successful oral arguments in federal and state courts on dispositive and discovery motions.
- Served as counsel for large chemical company in case brought by more than 200 plaintiffs alleging various personal injuries arising out of company’s operation of uranium mining and milling operations. Drafted successful motions for summary judgment and oversaw various aspects of expert and plaintiff discovery. Case was dismissed at trial level on summary judgment, as profiled in The American Lawyer, and subsequently affirmed on appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
- Represented automobile manufacturer and its senior executives in several putative nationwide class actions that alleged breaches of fiduciary duty under ERISA. Secured dismissal of consolidated class action cases in favor of automobile manufacturer's investment adviser, which the Second Circuit subsequently affirmed on appeal.
- Represented former senior executives of financial services company in securities class action brought under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Mr. Reale received a bachelor’s degree in business from Saint Anselm College and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude
, in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. He received his JD, magna cum laude
, from Indiana University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as articles editor for the Indiana Law Journal
. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts.