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Mr. Citera is a shareholder in the Litigation Practice of Greenberg Traurig's Chicago office, and co-chair of the firm's Products Liability Practice Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of class actions, products liability, toxic tort litigation, bankruptcy litigation and commercial litigation. He has tried many cases to verdict, including an action involving the manufacturer of a nutritionally deficient infant formula and a complex product liability, wrongful death case. He also has advised several manufacturers and distributors, concerning product recalls, safety campaigns and indemnification agreements. He also has written and spoken extensively on claims for medical monitoring and class action litigation. He has been active in pro bono litigation for Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an organization dedicated to helping artists in need of legal assistance.
Notable Cases and Results:
National counsel for two wireless telephone manufacturers in a series of complex lawsuits alleging harmful exposure to radio frequency energy. In re Wireless Telephone Radio Frequency Emissions Products Liability Litigation, 216 F. Supp. 2d 474 (D. Md. 2002).
Acts as national coordinating counsel for Lockheed Martin in actions alleging harmful exposure to industrial sand. In one of these actions, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the entry of judgment in favor of Lockheed Martin on the grounds that the plaintiff's employer was a sophisticated user of industrial sand, to whom Lockheed Martin had no duty to warn. Bergfeld v. Martin Marietta Corp., et al. , 319 F. 3d 350 (8th Cir. 2003).
Represents a manufacturer of advanced sheet metal forming equipment and fabricating equipment in a series of actions related to the discharge of a chlorinated solvent onto or into the soil of an industrial site in Illinois.
Represents the City of Chicago in UAL Corporation's bankruptcy proceedings.
Represents a leading international specialty retailer in a putative class action alleging exposure to excessive amounts of lead and seeking relief in the form of medical monitoring.
Representing a leading manufacturer of audio-visual electronics in two putative class actions.
Successfully defended an offshore gaming company in a putative class action brought on behalf of individuals who wagered and lost personal property by placing wages via wire and the Internet.
Obtained summary judgment for Nintendo of America Inc. in a putative class action in which plaintiffs alleged that they developed visually induced seizures while playing video games sold and distributed by Nintendo. Coursey v. Nintendo of America, Inc. , 309 Ill. App. 3d 1069 (1st. Dist. 1999).
Brought suit on behalf of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and others to enjoin the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the FAA from closing Meigs Field, an airport located in the City of Chicago.
Supervised the resolution of the compensatory damages portion of one of the largest product liability class action (Salmonella victims) certified in the United States.
Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth CircuitAreas of Experience
Year of Birth: 1958
Law School: University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1983
Law School Honors/Involvement: cum laude; Student Research/Writing Editor, University of Miami Law Review; Moot Court
Undergraduate School: Columbia University, B.A., English, 1980
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Sony Electronics Inc.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
President, Mid-North Association, 2001-2003
Chicago Bar Association
Chair, Class Litigation Committee, 2001-2002
Member, Nominating Committee, 2002
Member, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Committee on Class Actions
Member, University of Miami School of Law Campaign Committee
Presidential Appointment, University of Miami Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2000-2001
Member, Justinian Society
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, City Club of Chicago
Participant, Principal-For-A-Day Program, City of Chicago
Chairman, Legal Division, National Basketball Association, Players Awards Dinner, 1993
Past Member, Board of Editors of the Fen-Phen Litigation Strategist
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. In Mexico, the firm operates as Greenberg Traurig, S.C., and in the U.K., as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. Greenberg Traurig has a strategic alliance with the independent law firm, Studio Santa Maria with offices in Milan and Rome. The firm was Chambers and Partners' USA Law Firm of the Year in 2007 and among the Top 3 in the International Law Firm of the Year at the 2009 The Lawyer Awards.
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