Derek Y. Brandt


Derek Y. Brandt joined McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, as a partner in 2017, bringing with him over twenty years of experience litigating high-stakes disputes involving some of the most powerful corporate and financial interests in the world. His current plaintiff-oriented practice focuses on competition, antitrust, and other commercial and consumer disputes.

Mr. Brandt has deep experience litigating both individual and representative matters, including class actions and derivative suits. He has represented clients large and small, ranging from “name brand” Fortune 100 and Fortune 150 multi-national companies to smaller publicly-traded market innovators, privately held businesses, municipalities, and innumerable individual consumers and investors.

Examples of Mr. Brandt’s individual client engagements include his prosecution of an antitrust “tying” claim on behalf of an innovative ophthalmological surgical device manufacturer against its dominant global competitor, resulting in an eight-figure pre-trial settlement. Mr. Brandt currently acts as lead or co-lead counsel for major corporate plaintiffs in the ongoing In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation action, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Brandt’s class action engagements have included a wide variety of subject matters and disputes. He has represented motorists challenging the constitutionality of the City of Chicago’s red light camera program before the Illinois Supreme Court. He currently represents an investor pursuing a “double derivative” action in the Delaware Court of Chancery relating to the launch of commercial satellites in Russian-controlled geostationary orbital locations. The latter engagement has resulted in a favorable ruling of first impression by the Delaware Supreme Court, sitting en banc, see Reid v. Alenia Spazio, Alcatel Alenia Space Italia S.p.A. and Finmeccanica S.p.A., 970 A.2d 176 (Del. 2009). In 2014, he was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to serve as Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel in In re AIG Workers Compensation Insurance Policyholder Litigation (MDL No. 2519). He has also represented plaintiffs in False Claims Act “whistleblower” actions and in various litigations relating to consumer, commercial, and investment transactions.

Mr. Brandt has been named an Illinois “SuperLawyer” each year from 2012-2018, an honor reserved by Thomson Reuters for the top 5% of practitioners, based on peer nominations and its independent research.

Mr. Brandt is a 1992 graduate of DePauw University (B.A.), and a 1995 graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He primarily practices from the firm’s Midwest office and is admitted to practice in all Illinois state and federal courts, as well as in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. He regularly represents clients in federal trial courts around the country.

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  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., DePauw University, 1992


  • Illinois Super Lawyer 2012-2018

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