Rami Fakhouri
Partner / Chicago

P: 312-881-5964
F: 312-380-7008

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An accomplished trial and appellate litigator, Rami brings strong critical reasoning and communication skills to the table for a diverse set of clients across a wide spectrum of subject matters, including products liability, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property. His keen interest in complex legal issues and creative use of procedural strategies have led to winning results, including a successful motion for judgment on the pleadings in a multimillion-dollar patent ownership dispute, a string of dismissals on preemption grounds in nationwide product liability cases, and a rare grant of rehearing and reversal of summary judgment en banc before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Rami’s broad skill set has enabled him to excel whether he is taking and defending depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, or coordinating and implementing strategy in complex litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

  • Tenofovir Product Liability Litigation

    Represents Gilead Sciences, Inc. in multidistrict litigation involving claims alleging kidney and bone injuries related to HIV medications. Taking depositions of bellwether plaintiffs and treating physicians across the country.

    Xarelto Litigation

    Represented Janssen in a case tried in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas claiming personal injuries allegedly caused by Xarelto, an anticoagulant developed by Janssen and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals (Russell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.). The jury returned a complete defense verdict for Janssen and Bayer in April 2018. Also served on MDL case work-up team tasked with taking depositions of plaintiffs and treating physicians in cases across the country.

    SynchroMed Litigation

    Represented Medtronic, Inc. in products liability cases nationwide involving the SynchroMed® II Programmable Drug Infusion System. Argued and won dispositive motions on preemption and other grounds at the trial and appellate levels, took numerous depositions of plaintiffs and treating physicians, and defended a multitude of company witness depositions.

    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. Second-chaired jury trial in New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, in June 2021; cross-examined founder of plaintiff firm.

    Behaviour Interactive, Inc. v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P.

    Represented MLB Advanced Media in litigation regarding the development of a baseball-themed video game.

    Air Line Pilots Association, International

    Represented 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 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

    Lyles v. McNeil-PPC, Inc. et al.

    Defended manufacturer of Extra Strength Tylenol in product liability action in New Jersey Superior Court. The matter settled for a nominal sum on the first day of trial.

    Saybrook Tax Exempt Investors LLC et al. v. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians et al.

    Represented bondholder in federal, state, and tribal courts in a complex commercial dispute stemming from a tribal bond issuance.

    Howard v. City of Detroit, et al.

    Lead counsel in putative class action brought pro bono on behalf of Detroit homeowners whose due-process rights were violated in connection with their residential property tax notices resulting in overassessments, delinquencies, and foreclosures. Case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

    Petties v. Carter

    Lead counsel for an indigent prisoner plaintiff 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. Successfully opposed defendants’ petition for a writ of certiorari before U.S. Supreme Court. Favorably settled the case on remand. More information on the case is found here.

    Northern District of Illinois Settlement Assistance Program

    Represented a former employee pro bono in a court-ordered settlement conference in Section 1983 employment discrimination claim. Negotiated a favorable resolution of client’s national-origin discrimination and retaliation claims.

    • Partner, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
    • Associate, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
    • Associate, Grippo & Elden LLC (now Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.)
    • 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 & Mary (B.A., Government, magna cum laude)
      • Minor in Middle Eastern Studies
      • James Monroe Scholar
    • Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The Most Dangerous Blot in Our Constitution: Retiring the Flawed Electoral College “Contingent Procedure,” 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 705 (2010).

    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service (2021)
    • Selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (2019-2021)
    • Selected by Super Lawyers as an Illinois Rising Star (2019-2021)
    • Selected for Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List (2018-2021)
    • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, John Paul Stevens Pro Bono and Public Service Award (2018)
    • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
    • President (2015-2018) and Member, Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions
    • Member of Associates Board and Scholar Coach, One Million Degrees: The Community College Project
    • Chair, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP pro bono committee
    • Contestant, Jeopardy! (TV broadcast, Dec. 15, 2015)
    • State of Illinois
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • 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 Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan