Associate, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
Associate, Grippo & Elden LLC
Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
• Order of the Coif
• Northwestern University Law Review, Senior Articles Editor and Staff Member
• Winner and Outstanding Speaker, 2010 Julius Miner Moot Court Competition
College of William and Mary in Virginia (B.A., Government, magna cum laude)
- Minor in Middle Eastern Studies
- James Monroe Scholar
- Goldman Ismail Defeats Certiorari Petition in U.S. Supreme Court
- Goldman Ismail Secures String of Dismissals on Preemption Grounds in SynchroMed Litigation
- Goldman Ismail Wins Reversal En Banc Before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Shayna Cook and Rami Fakhouri Win Eleventh Circuit Appeal
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Grants Goldman Ismail’s Petition for Rehearing En Banc
Bar & Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States
State of Illinois
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
President and Member, Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions
Scholar Coach, One Million Degrees: The Community College Project
An accomplished trial and appellate litigator, Rami brings strong critical reasoning and communication skills to the table for his individual and institutional clients. Rami has experience across a wide spectrum of subject matters, including products liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, securities litigation, and insurance coverage. His keen interest in complex legal issues and depth of procedural knowledge have led to winning results, including a successful motion for judgment on the pleadings in a multimillion-dollar patent ownership dispute, as well as a rare grant of rehearing and reversal of summary judgment en banc before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in a case on which Rami serves as lead counsel. On his other matters, Rami has taken and defended depositions, drafted numerous dispositive motions, presented oral argument, and appeared frequently as local counsel in state and federal proceedings.
Rami believes that public service and pro bono work are both a professional duty and a key opportunity for professional development. To that end, he has represented indigent clients in administrative and judicial proceedings and also participates actively in organizations that promote criminal justice reform and broader access to higher education. He also chairs the firm's Pro Bono Committee.
Rami appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy! in December 2015, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Represents Medtronic, Inc. in products liability cases nationwide involving the SynchroMed® II Programmable Drug Infusion System.
Sports Technology Applications, Inc. v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
Represents MLB Advanced Media in licensing dispute concerning a trademark license for a mobile predictive gaming application.
Behaviour Interactive, Inc. v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
Represented MLB Advanced Mediain litigation regarding the development of a baseball-themed video game.
Air Line Pilots Association, International
Represents ALPA, the world’s largest pilot union, as local counsel in several matters pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Lyles v. McNeil-PPC, Inc. et al.
Defended manufacturer of Extra Strength Tylenol in product liability action in New Jersey Superior Court. Case settled on the first day of trial.
Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Sureloc, Inc.
Represented patent licensee in ownership dispute. Obtained favorable judgment on the pleadings prior to settlement.
Saybrook Tax Exempt Investors LLC et al. v. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians et al.
Represented bondholder in a complex commercial dispute stemming from a tribal bond issuance; litigated in federal, state, and tribal courts.
Petties v. Carter
Lead counsel for an indigent prisoner in pro bono Section 1983 litigation alleging deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. Secured rehearing en banc and reversal of summary judgment before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Case is currently pending before the United States Supreme Court on a petition for a writ of certiorari. More information can be found here.
Northern District of Illinois Settlement Assistance Program
Represented a former employee of a Fortune 500 company in a court-ordered settlement conference concerning his Section 1983 employment discrimination claim. Negotiated a favorable resolution of client’s national-origin discrimination and retaliation claims.
The Most Dangerous Blot in Our Constitution: Retiring the Flawed Electoral College “Contingent Procedure,” 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 705 (2010).