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Justin R. Donoho


Justin Donoho has achieved positive results for his clients in a variety of challenging commercial cases. He prides himself in his innovative problem-solving strategies, legal and factual research, brief writing, depositions, courtroom appearances, settlement negotiations, management of complex discovery, dedication, and responsiveness to his clients’ needs.

Representative Cases

  • Prosecuting and defending cases alleging breaches of fiduciary duties by shareholders of closely held companies.
  • Representing a hedge fund in its multi-billion dollar fraud lawsuit against third parties related to its investment in a mobile telecommunications network.
  • Representing both an insured and insurers in multi-million dollar disputes about insurance coverage.
  • Representing financial companies seeking $50 million in damages for an Indian tribe's breach of contract.
  • Secured injunctive relief for a large manufacturing company against a departing employee and competing manufacturer on claims involving misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Achieved favorable settlements on behalf of numerous clients in the internet services, financial services, healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing industries, in litigation about patents, trade secrets, contracts, false advertising, unfair competition, and class actions.
  • On a pro bono basis, tried a civil case to verdict in federal court, and successfully represented immigrants seeking asylum and deferred removal action and amici curiae seeking to maintain Illinois’ standard for habeas petitioners to prove their innocence with newly discovered evidence.

Before law school, Justin spent seven years as a manager and consultant leading clients to improve their information technology departments. Justin has a background in computer engineering and maintains an active interest in technology. Justin serves on the firm’s Electronic Discovery Resource Group and continually seeks ways that technology can make litigation more efficient and effective for his clients.

Speeches and Publications

  • Key Considerations in Collecting Documents (2014) (with Amy Cho and Theresa Peverly)
  • Current Issues in Class Action Litigation (2013) (with Todd Jacobs, Lynn Murray, and Matt Killen)
  • Understanding Corporate IT Systems: A Prerequisite to Successful Electronic Discovery (2011)
  • Achieving Supreme Court Consensus: An Evolved Approach to State Sovereign Immunity, 88 Nebraska Law Review 760 (2010)
  • Insufficient Hedge-Fund Fraud Complaints and Misguided Motions to Dismiss, 11 Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law 161 (2009)
  • Minimalist Interpretation of the Jurisdictional Immunities Convention, 9 Chicago Journal of International Law 661 (2009)


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2009

  • Executive Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law
  • Research Assistant to Hon. Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Senior Lecturer in Law
  • Summer Associate at Grippo & Elden

University of Illinois, B.S., Highest Honors, 1999


Hon. William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2009-2010


State of Illinois

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Patent and Trademark Office