Derek Y. Brandt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Edwardsville, IL

Brandt Law LLC
 | P.O. Box 487, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 618-307-6116
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

Derek Y. Brandt is the founder and owner of Brandt Law LLC, where he focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in complex litigation matters pending in state and federal courts around the country.  Mr. Brandt represents large and small private or publicly-held businesses in individual and class action litigations, or as opt-outs from ongoing class litigations.  These representations chiefly include prosecution of antitrust or unfair competition actions, but also include actions based on fraud or violations of federal racketeering statutes, breach of contract, securities or financial disputes. 

Mr. Brandt also represents individuals and/or consumers in class, derivative, or collective action lawsuits.  These engagements often involve claims based on fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, mass torts, product liability, negligence, environmental issues, wage actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, or other "exotic" class actions.  Examples include Mr. Brandt's representation of putative classes of Illinois motorists presenting claims that the City of Chicago's red light camera program was, and always had been, operated without authority of state law and that adoption of the purported enabling legislation for this program was unconstitutional under the Illinois Constitution of 1970.  Mr. Brandt's red light camera constitutional challenge was argued to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2014, though the Court was unable to reach a majority decision; a follow-on case is currently pending in the Illinois Appellate Court.  Mr. Brandt also represents putative classes of ticket purchasers and retail sales outlets in an action against the Illinois Lottery's outside private manager. In yet another engagement, since 2007 Mr. Brandt has represented an investor in a "double-derivative" action pending in the Delaware Court of Chancery asserting claims against an Italian aerospace and defense company related to a multi-billion dollar venture to launch commercial satellites in Russian-controlled orbital locations.  One appellate aspect of that case resulted in a decision of first impression from the Delaware Supreme Court, sitting en banc, about the application of Delaware's savings statute to actions first commenced out-of-state. 

Mr. Brandt represents several major opt-out corporate plaintiffs in the ongoing In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, pending in the Southern District of New York and the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Beginning in 2012, Mr. Brandt served as lead outside counsel to the Village of Roxana, Illinois, and as counsel for a class of property owners, in certain litigations pertaining to environmental contamination emanating from a nearby oil refinery.

In 1992, Mr. Brandt earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from DePauw University. He subsequently enrolled in Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  At Indiana, he earned Dean's List honors, received a top legal writing award, served as managing editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal from 1994 to 1995, and received his Juris Doctor in 1995.

To stay up to date with the latest developments in his areas of practice, Mr. Brandt maintains active memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He has authored a regular column on complex litigation for Chicago Lawyer magazine.

Mr. Brandt is admitted to practice in Illinois. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 9th Circuits.  He was a partner in the firm now known as Simmons Hanly Conroy from 2006-2015.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Class Action/Mass Torts (40%): Class Actions

Business Litigation (30%)

Antitrust Litigation (30%): Antitrust & Trade Litigation

Focus Areas

Class Action/Mass Torts: Class Actions

Antitrust Litigation: Antitrust & Trade Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017

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About Derek Brandt

Admitted: 1995, Illinois

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2016
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Section on Litigation, 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2004 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1995
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1995

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Regular column in Chicago Lawyer magazine entitled "Complex Litigation Corner." (2012-15), 2015
  • Law Journal: Managing Editor, Federal Communications Law Journal, Indiana University School of Law, 1994 - 1995

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Secured $32 million settlement and negotiated business arrangement for Synergetics USA, Inc., an O'Fallon, Missouri-based medical device manufacturer, in antitrust action brought against competitor in market for ophthalmological surgical devices., 2010

Representative Clients:

  • Mr. Brandt serves as lead litigation counsel for several major industrial purchasers of aluminum pursuing opt-out claims in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation (MDL No. 2481, S.D.N.Y., CA2).  Mr. Brandt acts in Delaware Chancery and appellate actions as counsel in a derivative action on behalf of an investor in a multi-billion dollar venture to finance, build, and launch Russian communications satellites.  This litigation, against a partially state-owned Italian industrial entity, has proceeded in the federal court system and two separate state court systems since 2002.  It has reached the supreme courts of both Texas and Delaware, with the latter issuing a (favorable) decision of first impression about the application of Delaware's savings statute. Over the last 6 years, Mr. Brandt has represented putative classes of Illinois vehicle owners challenging the legal basis for the City of Chicago's half-billion-dollar red light camera program from 2003 through present.  One of those actions was argued to a rare non-precedential no-decision by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2014; the other action is now in the Illinois Appellate Court.  Mr. Brandt also represents retailers and purchasers of Illinois scratch-off lottery tickets in a putative class action challenging the practices of Illlinois' lottery private manager in discontinuing lottery games early in order to maximize revenues.  Mr. Brandt has acted as lead outside counsel for the Village of Roxana, Illinois, in certain environmental litigations pertaining to pollution and underground contamination emanating from the Wood River Oil Refinery, the third-largest such refinery in the United States.  He also currently acts for a putative class of private property owners relating to the same contamination. The Roxana litigation was chronicled on American Public Media's series Burn: An Energy Journal, which aired on NPR affiliate stations around the country in 2012. Mr. Brandt was appointed co-lead interim class counsel for the plaintiffs in the multi-district litigation entitled In re AIG Workers Compensation Insurance Policyholder Litigation (MDL No. 2519, N.D. Ill.).  That action involved claims brought by businesses from states around the country alleging that they paid fraudulently inflated state insurance surcharges.  Mr. Brandt has also represented other businesses and individuals in assorted contract, fraud, and consumer-oriented litigations.

Educational Background:

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, B.A., 1992
Office Location for Derek Y. Brandt

P.O. Box 487
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Phone: 618-307-6116


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Last Updated: 6/20/2017

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