Jenner & Block Partner Robert L. Byman has been named a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the first member of the firm to be asked to join this prestigious organization of trial advocates. Like the American College of Trial Lawyers – of which Bob will be president-elect in October – the Academy Fellowship is by invitation only. Unlike the College, which limits its Fellows to the United States and Canada, the Academy is international, to date counting 150 Fellows in 30 countries outside the United States. And while the College limits its Fellows to 1 percent of the active bar, the Academy’s U.S. membership is strictly limited to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70.
In Illinois, Bob joins such high-profile Fellows as Fred Bartlit, Phil Beck, Patti Bobb, Bob Clifford, Tom Demetrio, Peter John, Dan Reidy and Dan Webb. Nationally, Fellows include Jim Brosnahan, David Boies, Joe Jamail, Ted Wells and Mary Jo White.
Bob is a litigator who represents clients in complex commercial cases on diverse issues ranging from patents and intellectual property, securities and commodities, civil rights, and contractual disputes concerning such fields as construction, insurance, financing, franchising and corporate acquisitions. He is a regular columnist on federal civil procedure issues for the National Law Journal and has authored more than 80 articles, chapters and texts on various trial practice subjects