Deirdre A. Fox concentrates her practice on complex litigation, intellectual property and employment. Ms. Fox has represented companies in many industries, including consumer products, building products, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, automobiles, and health insurance in federal and state courts nationwide. She had extensive experience developing strategy and managing all facets of large, complex cases including high stakes, multi-jurisdictional litigation involving novel legal theories, and has first-and second-chaired trials. Her experience extends to complex contract disputes, intellectual property, employment disputes, dealer and distribution disputes, class action defense, and product liability.
Ms. Fox's commercial and intellectual property litigation practice encompasses a wide array of disputes, claims and risk management. These disputes include breach of contract, dealer/franchise, copyright, trademark and patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secret, and false advertising. Ms. Fox defends consumer fraud claims and violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other consumer protection statutes, including class actions. Additionally, she counsels clients on commercial agreements, protecting intellectual property rights, licensing, data privacy and security, advertising issues, and art law. She regularly writes and speaks on intellectual property issues.
Ms. Fox's employment law practice includes counseling and representing companies on discharge and discrimination claims and the crossover of employment law and intellectual property protection including non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure protections. She also counsels clients on developing employment policies. A recipient of a development fellowship from the American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment, Ms. Fox has written on employment issues.
Ms. Fox has defended companies against product liability claims involving tobacco, asbestos, pharmaceuticals and building products. She defended landmark aggregated actions by asbestos companies/trusts and medical recoupment actions by state attorney generals involving novel and developing legal theories. Ms. Fox leverages both her sophisticated product liability experience and science background in developing scientific and other defenses to personal injury and property damage claims.
Ms. Fox received her B.S. from Northwestern University in Materials Science and Engineering in 1986. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors in 1990.