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Ross Corbett

Associate in Chicago

Admissions

  • Illinois

Clerkships

  • USDC - Northern District of IL for the Honorable Milton Shadur

Court Admissions

  • Northern District of Illinois
  • USCA – 2nd Circuit

Education

Ross Corbett represents clients in complex litigation and investigative matters, including class action defense, professional liability, and suits to enforce his clients’ rights. His clients are primarily in the financial, consumer products, and professional services sectors.

Ross has extensive experience addressing claims of consumer fraud, whether cast as a violation of state consumer protection statutes, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, or common-law torts. His matters frequently involve issues of federal preemption, including FDA regulation of health-related claims on food labels and dietary supplements and federal regulation of consumer bank fees. Clients also consult him while conducting M&A due diligence for his expertise in consumer advertising litigation.

Ross has represented clients in state and federal courts around the country at both the trial and appellate court level. He has advised individuals subject to criminal investigation by federal authorities. He also has experience addressing matters with the Chicago Board of Ethics and the Chicago Office of Inspector General.

Ross joined Winston’s litigation team after clerking for Hon. Milton Shadur in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Experience

Ross represents clients in a range of industries. Some of his work in civil litigation has included:

  • defending an international financial institution in several putative nationwide consumer fraud class actions concerning various account fees, including garnishment fees and overdraft fees
  • representing a major dietary supplement manufacturer in several putative nationwide consumer fraud class actions concerning its products’ contents and labeling
  • obtaining dismissal of a consumer fraud claim against a major retailer threatened with a potential nationwide class action over how much “true” aloe was in its products
  • defending a hospital in a putative consumer fraud class action concerning its Medicare billing practices
  • assisting a major technology firm in investigating and combatting an international criminal fraud targeting its customers
  • bringing a constitutional and administrative law challenge on behalf of licensees in the electronic gambling industry
  • representing a financial consulting firm in various lawsuits arising from its M&A services
  • seeking indemnification for breach of representations and warranties following a business acquisition on behalf of a pet supply company
  • defending a professional services firm from allegations of secondary liability under state “blue sky” securities laws in related federal and state cases
  • representing an auditing firm against claims of malpractice and fraud in connection with its audit opinions

Ross’s pro bono activities include obtaining asylum for detained refugees, representing Illinois prisoners held in extreme isolation, representing a Chicago legal aid service from which a litigant sought discovery, and managing an internal investigation on behalf of a Chicago non-profit.

Honors & Awards

Ross was recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America in the area of Commercial Litigation (2021-2023).

Credentials

Ross received a B.A., cum laude, in Government and Politics in 1999 from the University of Maryland – College Park, a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2005 from the University of Toronto, and a J.D., magna cum laude, in 2015 from Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, he was executive articles editor of the Journal of International Human Rights and served as an extern at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General in the Civil Prosecutions & Administrative Review Unit.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Ross J. Corbett & James E. Pfander, An Empirical Assessment of Bivens Claims, in Constitutional Torts and the War on Terror, by James E. Pfander (2017)
  • Recusant Witnesses and the McCarthyite Congressional Investigations, 5 Brit. J. Am. Legal Stud. 123 (2016)
  • Kiobel, Bauman, and the Presumption Against the Extraterritorial Application of the Alien Tort Statute, 13 Nw. J. Int’l Human Rts. 50 (2015)

Ross Corbett

Associate in Chicago

Ross Corbett represents clients in complex litigation and investigative matters, including class action defense, professional liability, and suits to enforce his clients’ rights. His clients are primarily in the financial, consumer products, and professional services sectors.

Ross has extensive experience addressing claims of consumer fraud, whether cast as a violation of state consumer protection statutes, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, or common-law torts. His matters frequently involve issues of federal preemption, including FDA regulation of health-related claims on food labels and dietary supplements and federal regulation of consumer bank fees. Clients also consult him while conducting M&A due diligence for his expertise in consumer advertising litigation.

Ross has represented clients in state and federal courts around the country at both the trial and appellate court level. He has advised individuals subject to criminal investigation by federal authorities. He also has experience addressing matters with the Chicago Board of Ethics and the Chicago Office of Inspector General.

Ross joined Winston’s litigation team after clerking for Hon. Milton Shadur in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Honors and Awards

Ones to
Watch
Best Lawyers

Ross was recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America in the area of Commercial Litigation (2021-2023).

Ross received a B.A., cum laude, in Government and Politics in 1999 from the University of Maryland – College Park, a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2005 from the University of Toronto, and a J.D., magna cum laude, in 2015 from Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, he was executive articles editor of the Journal of International Human Rights and served as an extern at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General in the Civil Prosecutions & Administrative Review Unit.

Education

Northwestern University
JD, 2015
University of Toronto
PHD, 2005
University of Maryland
BA, 1999

Clerkships

N.D.
Ill.
USDC - Northern District of IL for the Honorable Milton Shadur

Admissions

IL
Illinois

Court Admissions

N.D.
Ill.
Northern District of Illinois
2d
Cir.
USCA – 2nd Circuit

Ross represents clients in a range of industries. Some of his work in civil litigation has included:

  • defending an international financial institution in several putative nationwide consumer fraud class actions concerning various account fees, including garnishment fees and overdraft fees
  • representing a major dietary supplement manufacturer in several putative nationwide consumer fraud class actions concerning its products’ contents and labeling
  • obtaining dismissal of a consumer fraud claim against a major retailer threatened with a potential nationwide class action over how much “true” aloe was in its products
  • defending a hospital in a putative consumer fraud class action concerning its Medicare billing practices
  • assisting a major technology firm in investigating and combatting an international criminal fraud targeting its customers
  • bringing a constitutional and administrative law challenge on behalf of licensees in the electronic gambling industry
  • representing a financial consulting firm in various lawsuits arising from its M&A services
  • seeking indemnification for breach of representations and warranties following a business acquisition on behalf of a pet supply company
  • defending a professional services firm from allegations of secondary liability under state “blue sky” securities laws in related federal and state cases
  • representing an auditing firm against claims of malpractice and fraud in connection with its audit opinions

Ross’s pro bono activities include obtaining asylum for detained refugees, representing Illinois prisoners held in extreme isolation, representing a Chicago legal aid service from which a litigant sought discovery, and managing an internal investigation on behalf of a Chicago non-profit.