Jenner & Block

April A. Otterberg concentrates on professional liability litigation, with more than a decade of experience litigating complex professional liability disputes.  She defends lawyers and law firms in pending or threatened legal malpractice and related claims, including aiding and abetting claims, claims from non-clients, and claims brought by receivers, and she defends other types of professionals targeted for alleged errors or defects in the services they provide.  Ms. Otterberg has substantial experience investigating professional liability claims and developing and mounting effective and practical defense strategies, whether pre-complaint or through the litigation process.  She also represents corporate clients in breach of fiduciary duty and related claims under ERISA, and she has experience representing corporations and employees in trade secret and restrictive covenant cases.

Ms. Otterberg has represented clients in a range of civil litigation matters, including putative class actions, appellate matters, cases litigated successfully at trial, and several matters involving pre-suit counseling, mediation, and settlement negotiations.  She is a member of the firm’s Professional Responsibility, ERISA Litigation, and Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenant Litigation and Counseling practices.  

Ms. Otterberg has focused her pro bono efforts on criminal defense matters, including her longtime representation of a client on federal death row in connection with his appeal and post-conviction proceedings.  She is co-author of the Illinois portion of the American Bar Association’s The Law of Lawyers’ Liability and of the firm’s outline of Illinois trade secrets law.  Ms. Otterberg also regularly speaks and writes on professional responsibility topics.