Bruce Howard is a partner at Siprut PC. He was named National Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and was named a “Super Lawyer” in Illinois for Class Action Litigation, Securities Litigation, and ERISA Class Action Litigation. He was also named as a one of the Top Attorneys in Illinois by Chicago Magazine.
Mr. Howard has over thirty years of commercial litigation trial experience. Mr. Howard has significant experience with complex business litigation, including matters involving antitrust issues, shareholder fraud and corporate derivative class action claims, ERISA class actions claims, mass tort issues, trademark matters, deceptive trade practices issues, insurance defense matters, actions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, issues arising under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, and whistle blower actions under the False Claims Act. He was also appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois for purposes of prosecuting eminent domain matters. In addition to having devoted a substantial portion of his career to antitrust and securities fraud matters, for the last twenty years, Mr. Howard has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to whistle blower actions for Medicare, Medicaid, Homeland Security, and defense contractor fraud.
Mr. Howard’s notable cases include: Ohio-Sealy Mattress Mfg. Co. v. Sealy, Inc., an antitrust action in which he was involved in several Seventh Circuit appeals and litigation work-up, resulting in a $77 million jury verdict; Morse v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., a securities fraud class action which resulted in a $15.3 million jury verdict; In re Chicago Flood Litigation, in which he had a prominent role in the work-up of the case, which settled for more than $25 million; Tyco International, Inc., a consolidated securities fraud class action that was jointly settled as part of a $3.2 billion global settlement – the third largest class action recovery ever; Robinson v. Northrop Corporation, a whistle blower action which, after 16 years of litigation, settled prior to trial for $134 million – the largest recovery in a False Claims Act case in this region at the time.
Mr. Howard received his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.