Amit B. Patel is an associate in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, with substantial experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Amit has represented a variety of clients, including private and public companies, non-profit institutions and quasi-governmental entities in their most critical business disputes. He has helped clients litigate individual and class action claims under federal statutes such as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Commodity Exchange Act and the Lanham Act, along with state-law contract, fraud, trade secret, unfair competition and shareholder derivative claims. His previous career as an engineer and information technology professional uniquely enables him to help clients navigate through highly technical issues that can arise in litigation, whether they involve coordination of client IT personnel to collect and preserve electronically stored information (ESI), computation of damages in connection with financial products or the examination of complex technology in a patent or trade secret dispute. Clients engaged in transactions also rely on his combination of legal and technical experience for counsel in evaluating future litigation risks.
Amit’s recent pro bono work includes the defense of a client charged with first-degree murder and the representation of a prisoner-plaintiff in an action under the federal Civil Rights Act, helping both clients achieve favorable results on the eve of trial. As a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago, Amit also volunteers with the association’s Pro Bono Legal Clinic to provide free legal advice to low-income members of Chicago’s South Asian community.