With nearly 25 years of experience, Jeffrey J. Bushofsky is an accomplished trial lawyer who represents clients in litigation across a broad range of matters. Jeff co-leads Ropes & Gray’s commercial litigation practice. He has taken national consumer fraud class actions to trial, litigated multi-district actions in the health care and securities areas, and led cases involving technology, professional malpractice, sports and entertainment law, and white-collar crime.
Jeff has particular expertise in litigation related to private equity transactions, health care fraud, and disputes where those two areas overlap. Drawing from his litigation experience, Jeff leads internal investigations of portfolio companies for private equity clients to assess and minimize risk to fund managers and their investors.
He also advises on deals for private equity clients regarding litigation risk and due diligence, as well as the negotiation and drafting of terms bearing on post-closing disputes. Jeff’s class action expertise began in 1994, with his dispositive examination of the class representative and his post-trial briefs in the landmark case Avery v. State Farm.
Jeff is committed to pro bono work. In early 2014, he led a pro bono team in the first civil rights case under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That effort secured new anti-discrimination protections for people living with HIV. Jeff also handles fraud and family law matters for indigent and disabled individuals, as well as asylum cases.
- JD, with Honors, The University of Chicago Law School, 1994
- BA, summa cum laude, University of Florida, 1990; Phi Beta Kappa; Outstanding Four-Year Scholar
- Illinois, 1994
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS :
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois Bar Association
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES :
- Established Ropes & Gray’s relationship with the University of Chicago’s Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (2011)
- Chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Securities Law Section (2005)
- Chicago Bar Foundation, Firm Campaign Chair, Investing for Justice Campaign
- Mayberry v. Walgreens Co., et al. (N.D. Ill. 2017): secured dismissal of a putative national class action alleging fraudulent billing and reimbursement practices against leading pharmacies in the sale and distribution of insulin.
- Coordinating litigation counsel advising and representing the independent directors of a leading health care company in disputes arising from alleged product defects, including consumer fraud class actions, securities claims, False Claims Act cases, fiduciary duty claims, and indemnification disputes.
- Representing a major lodging company in litigation against its former credit card processor and clearing bank related to a data breach.
- Zolna-Pitts v. ATI Physical Therapy (Cook Co. Ill., 2014): full dismissal of one of the first major cases brought under Illinois’ “private payer qui tam” statute, alleging fraudulent billing practices.
- Recovered a multi-million dollar arbitration award for a private equity client defrauded in a fund-to-fund portfolio company sale.
- Obtained dismissal of a $50 million federal action against a major Internet company in the Northern District of Illinois alleging violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
- Obtained dismissal of a federal consumer fraud class action against a well-known food manufacturer in the Northern District of California.
- Defeated numerous state and federal consumer class actions against hospital systems related to billing and collection practices.
- Defeated a string of arbitrations brought by investors alleging securities fraud against a leading financial services company.
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