Robert L. Byman is a litigator and former president of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He 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 was lead trial counsel in the largest jury verdict ever in the State of Connecticut; he served as lead counsel to the firm's then-chairman, Anton R. Valukas, in his capacity as examiner in the Lehman Bankruptcy. Mr. Byman also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator.
Mr. Byman served as president of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2013-14. The College limits its members to 1% of the bar, who are selected by invitation only after an extensive investigation of their trial records and integrity. The College is recognized as the premier organization of trial lawyers in North America; it is the only organization of lawyers in which every member of the US and Canadian Supreme Courts have addressed the group in order to accept honorary Fellowship.
Mr. Byman is an adjunct professor of law at the Notre Dame University College of Law and is a frequent speaker and faculty member at seminars, continuing legal education and law school trial advocacy programs. Mr. Byman was 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. In 2001, Mr. Byman was selected by the American Bar Association to be one of four Showcase Trial Lawyers to retry the “Chicago Seven” case at its annual meeting. Mr. Byman devotes a substantial amount of his practice to pro bono work, and has represented clients in a number of cases that have attracted national media attention and have been the subject of books and feature films.