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Jason is an accomplished business litigator, with significant experience also representing corporate policyholders in a wide range of insurance coverage disputes. He serves as chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation group.

Previously, Jason served for five years as the Managing Partner of a Chambers-ranked boutique business litigation firm and then served for five additional years as the Managing Partner of its successor firm's Chicago office. As a result, he understands the challenges of running a business and brings a practical, results-oriented approach to his work.

That approach is best characterized by the title of a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin profile of his work, “Rosenthal Emphasizes Results Over Talk.” A Chicago Lawyer magazine profile of Jason also noted that “he sees the human dimension, the potential public perception, as well as the business perspective, and, most importantly, he finds ways to properly balance those interests.”

Those interests include finding insurance coverage to pay for litigation and other losses. As a result of his knowledge in this area, Jason has testified before juries and in arbitration as an expert witness on insurance issues, and he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel. He is a regular speaker, author, and commentator on both business litigation and insurance topics, and he previously served as a regular contributor to CPA Insider, a publication of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Much More Than My Work

Since 2017, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association’s Chicago Chapter, and I previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Theater Company.

I have volunteered for the U.S. District Court Hibbler Memorial Pro Se Assistance Program and the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Lawyers in the Classroom program. I also was a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent Career Strategies Task Force. I’m proud that as a testament to my commitment to clients, regardless of their status, a U.S. District Court Judge praised my “strong result” in a pro bono case, noting that “[t]he case was a challenging one, and the performance of Mr. Rosenthal was exemplary.”

I am an avid traveler, and have visited approximately 60 countries on six continents.

Client Successes

  • Biometric Information Privacy Act Litigation: Obtained $10.85 million from four insurance companies to fund 100 percent of class action settlement.
  • EMCOR Group, Inc. v. Lloyd’s of London (AAA Arbitration): Testified as expert witness for claimant on representations and warranties insurance issues; arbitration panel granted seven-figure summary judgment award to claimant, and cited testimony in decision.
  • Financial Institution: Obtained coverage under representations and warranties insurance policy for $7.5 million settlement of class action lawsuit filed against acquired company.
  • M & J Wilkow v. Fairbourne Properties, et al.: Defended real estate firm, its partners and its investors against multi-count complaint seeking over $15 million.
  • Staffing Company: Obtained 100 percent indemnification from insurer for staffing company’s $5.375 million settlement of class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
  • Staffing Company: Obtained 100 percent indemnification from insurers for staffing company’s $4.7 million settlement of class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
  • Hanover Insurance v. Highland Baking Co., Inc.: Won motion for judgment on the pleadings in litigation regarding insurance coverage for underlying class action lawsuit involving the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
  • Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale: Represented international financial institution in action seeking to secure insurance proceeds for $100 million-plus loss to property securing loan.
  • Sandy Alexander, Inc. v. Manroland, Inc. (co-counsel): Obtained $3.6M judgment in breach of contract action and sanctions order awarding attorneys’ fees in complex litigation involving two federal judges and a special master.
  • County of Cook v. AIG: Testified on behalf of Cook County at jury trial regarding insurance coverage issues; jury awarded County over $50M.
  • Ace Management v. ICC Holdings, et al.: Represented majority investor in shareholder dispute regarding medical marijuana cultivation company.
  • Private Equity Sponsor: Represented private equity sponsor in dispute over alleged breach of representations and warranties in connection with sale of portfolio company to Fortune 50 company.
  • American Home Assurance Company v. Checkpoint Systems, Inc.: Represented policyholder in litigation over insurance coverage for antitrust lawsuit seeking over $100 million in damages.
  • Industrial Manufacturer: Recovered more than $11 million from insurance company for contract lawsuit in which insurer claimed to have mistakenly revised D&O policy.
  • Young v. County of Cook: Advised Cook County, Illinois in connection with insurance coverage for $55 million class action settlement.
  • Travelers Property Casualty Company of America v. Lucas Williams, et al.: Represented judgment creditor seeking insurance coverage for $37 million verdict obtained in underlying lawsuit.
  • Zurich Capital Management v. Oceanic Bank and Trust, et al.: Successfully defended Bahamian bank and fund administrator against several multimillion-dollar lawsuits alleging securities fraud and related claims.
  • Tribune Company: A.P., et al. v. M.E.E., et al.: Represented Tribune Co. and the Chicago Tribune in gaining access to courtroom and court files regarding the highly publicized Pritzker family litigation, and further secured the public and media’s right of access.
  • Carter v. Commonwealth Edison, et al.: Won successive summary judgments and trial against third-party defendant for indemnification and attorneys’ fees totaling nearly $4 million.
  • Glen Ellyn Pharmacy, Inc. v. Sepracor, Inc.: Obtained 100 percent indemnification from insurer of defense costs and $2.43 million settlement payment made by pharmaceutical company.
  • Am Law 100 Firm: Defended one of the world’s largest law firms against 12-count complaint brought by former partner; case resolved after winning successive sanctions motions against plaintiff.
  • AA Sales v. Coni-Seal: Won reversal of summary judgment in Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; case was remanded for trial on sales representative company’s claims that defendant wrongfully denied commissions on sales to nation’s leading auto parts retailer.
  • American Express: Represented dozens of former managing directors in arbitration resulting from corporate acquisition, including claims to recover stock options and restricted stock awards.
  • West Bend v. Action Bio-Care: Obtained judgment on the pleadings recovering 100 percent of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred defending federal copyright infringement and fraud lawsuit.
  • Industrial Manufacturer: Obtained summary judgment on behalf of manufacturing company seeking insurance coverage for multimillion-dollar federal and state lawsuits arising out of alleged environmental contamination.
  • Sure Start v. Zurich American Ins. Co.: Won summary judgment for insured on defense and indemnification obligations and bad faith claim, entitling insured to attorneys’ fees and costs in bringing coverage lawsuit.
  • Ringo v. Linde: First-chaired trial and obtained directed judgment (affirmed on appeal) for former corporate president in breach of contract lawsuit regarding bank notes used to finance corporation.
  • Pribble v. United States: Won habeas corpus petition resulting in reversal of six-count bank fraud conviction of former bank president, obtaining his immediate release from federal prison.
  • Harris v. Coldwell Banker: Obtained dismissal of lawsuit seeking to hold national real estate brokerage firm responsible for failing to disclose special assessment enacted by village ordinance; dismissal was affirmed on appeal.

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