Barry Levenstam is a retired litigator. Before his retirement, his practice emphasized civil and criminal appellate litigation, as well as complex civil litigation in the trial courts, relating to a broad range of issues ranging from complex commercial matters to product liability law to constitutional issues and criminal law. He served as counsel for parties or amici in more than 100 appeals in the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals across the country, the Illinois Supreme Court and appellate courts, and various other states’ appellate and supreme courts.
Mr. Levenstam is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. In 1995, the Federal Bar Association recognized Mr. Levenstam with the Walter J. Cummings Award “for excellence in advocacy on the part of appointed counsel” before the Seventh Circuit. In 2010, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association honored him with its First Annual Justice John Paul Stevens Pro Bono Award in recognition of “outstanding pro bono service in the Seventh Circuit.” Mr. Levenstam is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, the Class Action Practice and the ERISA Litigation Practice.
Mr. Levenstam has lectured for the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the DuPage County Bar Association on preserving error for appeal and on appellate practice generally. He serves as editor of the firm’s online Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense Resource Center, providing information on the latest legal developments in these areas.