Russell J. Chibe

Senior Attorney
russell.chibe dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1494 (312) 569-1494
Fax: (312) 569-3494

About

Russell J. Chibe works on state and federal complex litigation matters at the trial and appellate phases and has significant experience with multidistrict litigation on behalf of major pharmaceutical companies. At the local level and as a member of national litigation teams, Russ defends manufacturers of medical devices and prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Additionally, Russ provides guidance to product manufacturers regarding safety, labeling, data security and regulatory compliance. Russ has assisted clients developing a variety of products from mobile apps to wearable technology to industrial lubricants. He has drafted manuals and warning labels and successfully represented clients being investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Russ’s mass tort experience includes ethylene oxide, latex glove, benzene, blood thinner, antibiotic, NSAID, and artificial knee and hip products liability litigation. Russ also is a primary litigator in the firm’s asbestos defense practice in Cook County and Madison County, Illinois, and has appeared regularly before Madison County judges since 2006. He has co-authored and co-presented seminars on the topics of preemption for generic over-the-counter medications, premises liability and the regulation of mobile medical apps, and published on the opioid crisis, data security and the Internet of Things. Additionally, Russ has gained exposure to immigration law, family law and federal civil rights litigation and argued before the Illinois First District Court of Appeals through the firm’s pro bono practice.

Russ is uniquely suited for working with science and engineering clients and witnesses due to his STEM background. Russ studied meteorology at Valparaiso University and went on to receive his master’s degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University’s School of Engineering. He has completed research at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres and the Desert Research Institute’s Snow Peak Laboratory.

In addition to his products liability practice, Russ consults with local craft breweries regarding business development, regulatory compliance and intellectual property matters. Russ’s familiarity with the craft beer industry goes beyond the law; he has won multiple home-brewing awards and helped develop the recipe for Ironworks Altbier, a seasonal beer from Metropolitan Brewing in Chicago.

While a student at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, Russ worked in Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, where he helped draft a clemency petition on behalf of an Indiana Death Row inmate whose sentence was subsequently commuted.

A native southsider, Russ resides in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and is active in the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative. When he’s not at the office you are most likely to find him at one of the city’s ice rinks, either playing hockey himself or coaching his daughter and her Chicago Horned Frogs teammates.

Experience

  • Serves as defense counsel for manufacturers of knee replacement systems in multiple state and federal jurisdictions.
  • Achieved a defense verdict on behalf of a manufacturer of an over the counter ibuprofen product in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Assisted in severing a multi-plaintiff claim against the manufacturer of a prescription antibiotic and then obtained dismissals of the individual plaintiffs’ claims in multiple Illinois state jurisdictions.
  • Drafted pretrial motions for national hip replacement litigation in multiple state and federal jurisdictions.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a brake manufacturer in Madison County, Illinois, asbestos litigation.
  • Argued before the Illinois First District Court of Appeals on behalf of pro bono client in partnership with the Family Defense Center.
  • Successfully defended client under investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Advises manufacturer clients regarding necessary labeling and warning language.
  • Has assisted client in developing program to monitor for recalled products.
  • Serves as defense counsel for manufacturers of knee replacement systems in multiple state and federal jurisdictions.
  • Represented three rap artists whose names and likenesses were misappropriated by the National Tobacco Co., a subsidiary of Phillip Morris, for use on a web site.
  • Assisted new craft brewery in developing and protecting their brand and related intellectual property.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2006, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Colorado State University, M.S., 2003
  • Valparaiso University, B.S., 2001, summa cum laude

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Organizations

  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization
  • Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative
  • Homebrewers’ Pride of the Southside, Legal Advisor (2004–2016)
  • Chicago Composers Forum, Board of Directors (2007–2009)