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Constantine L. Trela, Jr. has been a litigation partner in the Chicago office since 1986. Mr. Trela is one of the coordinators of the firm's national Appellate Practice group. He has handled a variety of matters in the United States Supreme Court, most of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and in various state supreme and intermediate appellate courts. At the trial level, Mr. Trela, a member of the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, focuses on securities and commodities suits, complex commercial disputes, and intellectual property litigation.
Notable Cases and Results:
Continental Casualty Co. v. Northwestern National Insurance Co., 427 F.3d 1038 (7th Cir. 2005); represented appellee Continental Casualty: result - summary judgment affirmed.
Marley Mouldings Ltd. v. Mikron Industries, Inc., 417 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2005); represented Appellant Marley Mouldings; result - reversed.
Combined Insurance Co. of America v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds London, 826 N.E.2d 1089 (Ill. App. 1st Dist. 2005); represented Appellant Combined Insurance; result - judgment against Combined reversed.
Eolas Technologies Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., 399 F.3d 1325 (Fed. Cir. 2005); represented Appellant Microsoft Corp.; result - $560 million infringement judgment against Microsoft vacated and remanded for new trial on validity.
Power MOSFET Technologies, LLC v. Siemens AG, et al., 378 F.3d 1396 (Fed. Cir. 2004); represented Appellee STMicroelectronics Corp.; result - judgment for STMicroelectronics affirmed.
Microsoft Corp. v. Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., 357 F.3d 1340 (Fed. Cir. 2004); represented Appellee Microsoft Corp.; result - judgment for Microsoft affirmed.
Tracy v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., 74 Fed. Appx. 44 (Fed. Cir. 2003); represented Appellee Kimberly-Clark Corp.; result -judgment for Kimberly-Clark affirmed.
Rollins, Inc. v. Butland, 852 So.2d 895 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003); represented appellants Rollins, Inc. and Orkin, Inc.; result - class certification order vacated and remanded.
Simon Property Group v. mySimon, Inc., 282 F.3d 986 (7th Cir. 2002); represented Appellee mySimon, Inc. - appeal dismissed.
In re Mexico Money Transfer Litigation, 267 F.3d 743 (7th Cir. 2001); represented Appellees First Data Corp., Western Union Financial Services, Inc., Orlandi Valuta Nacional, and Integrated Payment Systems, Inc.; result - judgment in favor of appellees affirmed.
Horwitz v. Bankers Life & Casualty Co., 319 Ill. App. 3d 390, 745 N.E.2d 591 (1st Dist. 2001); represented Appellee Bankers Life & Casualty Co.; result - dismissal affirmed as to six of seven counts; remanded for further proceedings on seventh count.
In re Inland Steel Corp., 265 F.3d 1354 (Fed. Cir. 2001); represented Intervenor USX Corp.; result - judgment in favor of appellee and intervenor affirmed.
GFI, Inc. v. Franklin Furniture Corp, et al., 265 F.3d 1268 (Fed. Cir. 2001); represented appellee Washington Furniture; result - judgment of inequitable conduct affirmed.
Bober v. Glaxo Wellcome, Inc., 246 F.3d 934 (7th Cir. 2001); represented Appellees Warner -Lambert Company and Warner- Lambert Consumer Healthcare and argued case on behalf of all appellees; result - judgment in favor of appellees in consumer fraud case affirmed.
Apex Automotive v. Deloitte & Touche, 233 F.3d 1063 (7th Cir. 2000); represented Appellee Deloitte & Touche; result - judgment in favor of Deloitte in accountant's liability case affirmed.
C & F Packing Co. v. IBP inc., 224 F.3d 1296 (Fed. Cir. 2000); represented Appellant IBP inc.; result - trade secret judgment against IBP reversed in part and affirmed in part.
AT & T Corp. v. Excel Communications, 172 F.3d 1352 (Fed. Cir. 1999); represented Appellant AT & T; result - summary judgment against AT & T reversed.
American Stores Co. v. Illinois Department of Revenue, 296 Ill. App. 3d 295, 694 N.E.2d 644 (1st Dist. 1998); represented Appellee American Stores; result - judgment in favor of American Stores in state tax dispute affirmed.
Morley-Murphy Co. v. Zenith Electronics, 142 F.3d 373 (7th Cir. 1998); represented Appellant Zenith Electronics; result - $2.4 million jury verdict against Zenith under Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law reversed and remanded for new trial.
Lawyers Title Insurance Co. v. United Financial Mortgage, 118 F.3d 1157 (7th Cir. 1997); represented Appellant United Financial Mortgage; result - summary judgment against United Financial vacated in part.
Freislinger v. Emro Propane, 99 F.3d 1412 (7th Cir. 1996); represented Appellants Emro Propane and Marathon Oil Co.; result - $3.8 million jury verdict reversed and remanded for new trial.
Miller v. LeSea Broadcasting, 87 F.3d 224 (7th Cir. 1996); represented Appellant LeSea Broadcasting; result - summary judgment and injunction against LeSea reversed.
Mark I Marketing Corp. v. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 66 F.3d 285 (Fed. Cir. 1995); represented Appellee R.R. Donnelley; result - summary judgment for R.R. Donnelley affirmed.
Sander v. Dow Chemical Co., 166 Ill. 2d 48, 651 N.E.2d 1071 (Ill. 1995); represented Appellants Dow Chemical and 12 other chemical manufacturers; result - Appellate Court judgment reinstating complaint against Dow and other Appellants reversed and case dismissed with prejudice.
State of Illinois
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Federal Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
Hourly Rate: $501 or more/hour
Retainer: Varies By Case
Date of Birth: 1955
Law School: Northwestern University School of Law,J.D., 1979
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Magna Cum Laude
Editor in Chief, Northwestern University Law Review
Order of the Coif
John Henry Wigmore Scholar (three-year full-tuition scholarship)
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, Economics, 1976
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:
Degree received "With Highest Distinction"
Phi Beta Kappa
Departmental Honors in Economics
American International Group
Baxter Healthcare; Johnson & Johnson
The Chicago Stock Exchange
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Sidley Austin LLP
1981 to present
Law Clerk to the Honorable John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court of the United States
Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Sprecher, United States Court of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Member of American, Illinois, Chicago, Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Federal Circuit Bar Associations.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. Selected as Person of the Year by Chicago Lawyer magazine in 1993. Recipient of the 2002 Walter J. Cummings Award from the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
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