Elizabeth A. Fegan

“I have found working with you on this case one of the more interesting, challenging and, at some level, uplifting things that I have been able to do...” – Hon. Wayne Andersen (Ret.) at final approval of a nationwide sexual harassment settlement on behalf of 16,000 women
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Current Role

  • Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Leads Hagens Berman’s Chicago office
  • Practice focuses on complex class-action cases in the areas of antitrust, racketeering, consumer protection and product liability, as well as sexual abuse and harassment in individual and class contexts where abuse of power is prevalent (such as on the job, at schools and universities, and in the entertainment industry)

Recent Success

  • American Equity Senior Annuities Fraud ($129 million settlement)
  • Midland Senior Annuities Fraud ($79.5 million settlement)
  • Baby Products Antitrust Settlement ($35 million settlement)
  • Pre-Filled Propane Tank Marketing And Sales Practices ($35 million settlement);
  • Bayer Combination Aspirin Consumer Fraud ($15 million settlement);
  • Aurora Dairy Organic Milk Consumer Fraud ($7.5 million settlement);
  • “Thomas the Tank Engine” Toys Lead Paint Products Liability ($30 million settlement of federal and state cases)

Experience

  • Partner, The Wexler Firm
  • Associate, Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.
    • Appointed Special Assistant Corporation Counsel on behalf of the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and the Public Building Commission of Chicago
    • Appointed to the Special Master teams in In re Waste Mgmt. Sec. Litig. (N.D. Ill.) and Wolens et al. v. American Airlines (Cir. Ct. Cook County, Ill.)
  • Legal Writing Instructor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2016-18)
  • Woman of Influence 2017, Best Lawyers, Business Edition (Spring 2017)
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 (2014-15)
  • Time, Treasure & Talent Award, St. Giles CCW (2014)
  • AAJ, Civil Rights Section, Outstanding Section Newsletter of the Year (2006)

 

Notable Cases

Publications

  • At Sidebar column: “From Litigator to Trial Lawyer,” The Federal Lawyer (March 2018)
  • “You Have Class! How to Identify Potential Class Actions in Your Everyday Practice,” Keynote Speaker, West Suburban Bar Association (Sept. 2016)
  • At Sidebar column: “FBA Convention and Ohio Spotlight,” The Federal Lawyer (August 2016) 
  • "An Opportunity Or Landmine: Promoting Gender Diversity From The Bench," The Federal Lawyer (May 2016)
  • "Post-Certification Strategies," Class Action Litigation in America – A National Symposium, American Bar Association (March 2016)
  • Articles Editor (2016-17), Proof Editor (2015-16), Editorial Board Committee, Federal Bar Association (appt. 2015-18)
  • Co-Chair, HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Herbal Supplements Litigation (2015)
  • "Being ‘Media-Relevant’-What It Means and Why It Matters" - Class Action Litigation Conference, Presenter, Perrin Conferences (2015)
  • "Recent Trends in Ascertainability" - National Consumer Class Action Conference, Presenter, Bridgeport Continuing Education (2014)
  • Contributing Editor, 2013 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments (ABA 2014)
  • Consumer Litigation Roundtable (including Chicago Federal Court judges, plaintiffs' lawyers and defense lawyers) (2013)
  • "What's wrong with owning your power?" - 2012 AAJ Convention: Women's Trial Lawyers Caucus Summit, Presenter, American Association For Justice (2012)
  • "Motions to Dismiss Under Rule 12(b)(6): Updating Your Playbook After the Twombly and Iqbal Cases," Presenter, Law Seminars International (2011)
  • Contributing Editor, 2007 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments (ABA 2008)
  • Newsletter Editor, Civil Rights Section of the American Trial Lawyers Association (n/k/a American Association for Justice) (2005-06)
  • “Home Rule Hits the Road in Illinois: American Telephone & Telegraph Company v. Village of Arlington Heights,” Loyola Law Journal (1995)

Personal Insight

  • Beth is still “leaning in” with five kids while training for her tenth marathon.
  • Once interviewed Barry Sanders in the Detroit Lions locker room while working as a sports stringer at the Lansing State Journal.