Founder and Managing Partner,
Siprut PC

Illinois “Super Lawyer”
“Top 40 Under 40” Illinois Attorneys

“Top 40 Under 40” – National Trial Lawyers
“Multi-Million Dollar Advocates” forum
Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers – ALM Legal

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law


Joseph Siprut is the founder and managing partner of Siprut PC. He was named a “Super Lawyer” in Illinois for Class Action Litigation, and holds an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubble, the highest possible peer review rating. He has been called a “fearless game-changer in class actions” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Mr. Siprut was previously named one of the Top 40 attorneys in Illinois under the age of 40, and was also named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in the country by the National Trial Lawyers Association. ALM Legal Leaders named Mr. Siprut one of “Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014.” Mr. Siprut was also selected for membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, and fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

Mr. Siprut has appeared in dozens of publications and television and radio broadcasts worldwide, including CBS Radio, NPR, ESPN, Bloomberg Law, Law360, the Chicago Tribune, and more. He has been deemed by the media as the “Friend of the Frequent Fliers” for his successful litigation crusades against the airline industry on behalf of airline customers, as well as a “Leading Sports Reformer” for his advocacy to combat the problem of concussions and head injuries in college sports.

Mr. Siprut frequently speaks at national class action and consumer litigation seminars. He has substantial first-chair trial experience, and previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law in the Trial Advocacy program. He is also a frequent author and speaker, having published over 25 articles in the nation's leading law reviews and legal journals on topics including the right of privacy, copyright litigation, and contract doctrine, as well as litigation strategy and tactics. He was appointed as a member of the Illinois ARDC Hearing Board, and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Fair Contracts Project, an initiative focused on counteracting the implications of fine print in standard form consumer contracts.

Mr. Siprut is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Northwestern Law Review and was selected to represent Northwestern in national competition as a member of its National Moot Court team. He was also awarded the Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship, a national fellowship competition for law and graduate study.

Prior to founding Siprut PC, Mr. Siprut spent his career practicing at some of the top corporate litigation firms in the country. Mr. Siprut has been recognized by the Law in Public Service Committee of the ABA for his dedication to pro bono work. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including its Trial Bar), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. For over five years, Mr. Siprut served as an arbitrator in the Cook County Arbitration Program.

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NCAA Concussion Litigation: An Overview and Analysis [Presenter]
Valparaiso University Law School Sports Law Symposium, November 21, 2014

The Borrower’s Perspective: Insights From The Plaintiffs’ Bar and Consumer Advocates [Presenter]
ACI Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation Conference, July 29, 2014

Co-Chair, National Consumer Class Action Conference
Bridgeport Continuing Education, June 12-13, 2014

Standing and Injury: Can You Have One Without The Other? [Presenter]
Bridgeport National Consumer Class Action Conference, June 13, 2014

Getting Your Settlement Approved [Presenter]
Bridgeport National Consumer Class Action Conference, June 13, 2014

Roundtable on Class Actions in America, Decisions and Practice [Presenter]
Bridgeport National Consumer Class Action Conference, June 12, 2014

The Ethics and Mechanics of Coupon Settlements Under the Class Action Fairness Act [Presentation]
Chicago Bar Association Class Action Committee, March 26, 2014

CAFA Coupon Settlements [Presentation]
Litigating Class Actions conference, December 9, 2013

NCAA Concussion Litigation [Presentation]
Chicago Bar Association symposium, Concussion Litigation, June 13, 2012

Are Ideas As Free As The Air [Presentation]
Lawyers for the Creative Arts publishing symposium, Pen to Digital Press: DIY Publishing in the Digital Age, February 11, 2012

The Manufacturer-Sales Representative Relationship: Why Transparency and Clarity Make Good Business Sense for Everyone
28(1) The Toy Book 293 (2012)

That's What She Said: Suing for Defamation and Related Claims on Behalf of a Corporation and Its Officers
28(5) The Computer & Internet Lawyer (May 2011)

Are Ideas Really Free As The Air? Recent Developments In The Law Of Ideas
51(1) IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review 111 (2011)

"They're Bad-Mouthing the Business": Suing for Defamation and Related Claims on Behalf of a Corporation and its Officers
98 Ill. B. J. 528 (2010)

The Law of Ideas [Presentation]
Chicago Bar Association webcast, April 27, 2010

Jordan v. Knafel: A Troubling Take on Mutual Mistake?
97 Ill. B. J. 308 (2009)

How to Meet (and Exceed) the Expectations of In-House Counsel
ABA Litigation Update (June 2008)

Greenberg v. National Geographic Society: The Eleventh Circuit Clarifies The Privileged Revision Doctrine Of The Copyright Act
30 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 521 (2008)

Don't Sit Down At The Table If The Stakes Are Too High: A Lesson Litigators Can Learn From Poker Pros
ABA Litigation Update (August 2007)

Becoming A Superstar Associate [Presentation]
ABA Spring Conference, Montreal, Quebec, May 2007

Privacy Through Anonymity: An Economic Argument For Expanding The Right Of Privacy In Public Places
33 Pepp. L. Rev. 311 (2006)

The Uproar Concerning Steroids In Baseball: A Slippery Slope With No Clear Answers
23(4) Entertainment & Sports Lawyer 13 (2006)

Build Your Referral Network Using YLD Committees
10 The Young Lawyer 1 (2006)

The Trials and Tribulations of Being A Young Litigator [Presentation]
International Bar Association annual conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 2006

Why Nominal Consideration Should Be Binding
Perspectives on Contract Law 261 (Randy E. Barnett, 3d ed. 2005)

Third-Party Beneficiary Basics: When Can Noncontracting Parties Sue for Breach?
93 Ill B. J. 462 (2005)

Taking Your First Deposition
ABA Litigation 101 Project (2005)

Defending Your First Deposition
ABA Litigation 101 Project (2005)

Letters of Credit: Enforcement and Defenses
Practicing Law Institute Newsletter, All-Star Toolbox, Vol. 3, Issue 35 (2005)

The Naked Newscaster, Girls Gone Wild, and Paris Hilton: True Tales of the Right of Privacy and the First Amendment
16 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 35 (2005)

Justice Isn't Free: Consider Costs When Formulating Litigation Strategy
ABA Litigation Update (November 2005); republished in ABA Second Chair (November 2005)

A Little Client Service Goes A Long Way
ABA Litigation Update (September 2005); republished in ABA Second Chair (September 2005);
featured as Section of Litigation "Podcast"

An Old Sales Maxim Will Help Your Business Development
ABA Litigation Update (July 2005); republished in ABA Second Chair (July 2005)

The Lessons Of BATNA
ABA Litigation Update (April 2005); republished in ABA Second Chair (April 2005)

Avoid the Smoking Gun: How In-House Counsel Can Preserve the Attorney-Client Privilege
92 Ill B. J. 586 (2004)

Be Not Afraid: Why Lawyers' "Fancy Contracts" Help Musicians, Not Hurt Them
Practicing Law Institute Newsletter, All-Star Toolbox, Vol. 2, Issue 16 (2004)

Rational Irrationality: Why Playing the World Trade Organization as a Scapegoat Reduces the Social Costs of Armchair Economics
29 Brook J. Int'l. L. 709 (2004) First Place, Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition (national writing competition sponsored by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association)

It Takes Two To Cooperate
ABA Litigation Update (December 2004); republished in ABA Second Chair (December 2004); republished in Committee On Pretrial Practice & Discovery Newsletter, Vol. 13. No. 2, at 12 (Spring 2005)

Calling All Angels: How Outside Investors Can Finance A Demo Album
Star Polish Newsletter (September 23, 2004)

The Peppercorn Reconsidered: Why A Promise to Sell Blackacre for Nominal Consideration Is Not Binding, But Should Be
97 N.W. L. Rev. 1809 (2003)

Why Gratuitous Promises Should Be Enforced For Nominal Consideration [Presentation]
The Institute for Humane Studies Liberty and Law Conference, Washington D.C., 2002