Tom Wiegand is a trial lawyer who represents clients across the country in complex business litigation, class actions, white collar criminal matters, personal and family trust disputes, antitrust matters, and state and federal government investigations. Mr. Wiegand wrote his third-year thesis for Prof. Phillip Areeda, the author of the definitive treatise on antitrust law. After law school Mr. Wiegand worked with the negotiation think tank and consulting business of Prof. Roger Fisher, author of Getting to Yes. Mr. Wiegand then gained his litigation and trial experience over 20 years at Winston & Strawn LLP before joining MoloLamken in 2011.
Mr. Wiegand has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation matters involving a wide variety of claims, including common law and UCC contract claims, statutory and common law fraud, fiduciary duty, and myriad federal and state statutory claims, including RICO, TILA, FCRA, the Lanham Act, the Sherman Act, and various securities laws. He also has represented clients in numerous state and federal class actions, including federal classes that are grouped through the federal Multidistrict Litigation Panel, which have involved cutting edge procedural and substantive issues.
- Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of Atlas Van Lines defeating claims in two separate putative class actions under the Motor Carrier Act (Mervyn v. Atlas Van Lines, Inc., 2017 WL 1437159 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 20, 2017), aff'd 882 F.3d 680 (7th Cir. 2018) and Mervyn v. Nelson Westerberg, Inc. and Atlas van Lines, Inc., 2016 WL 1270416 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 31, 2016))
- Representing and advising beneficiaries and trustees in matters relating to significant trusts
- Representing RMBS Trustees in repurchase claims against originators of subprime home mortgage loans based on breaches of representations and warranties
- Obtaining at arbitration an order to refund client’s entire investment in a feature-length film project based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Interpreter of Maladies (April 2015)
- Representing former NFL athletes in objecting to class settlement regarding concussions
- Obtaining favorable settlement for professional service firm against group of former employees and their new employer for breach of fiduciary duty
- Obtaining favorable settlement for group of Google employees who were sued by their former employer Groupon relating to a non-compete agreement
- Obtaining favorable settlement against ad agency and its client that infringed Car-Freshner’s famous trademarks
- Defeating motion for class certification of a set of consolidated class actions involving the recall by the CPSC of over 4 million units of a children’s arts and crafts toy (In re Aqua Dots Prods. Liab., 270 F.R.D. 377 (N.D. Ill. 2010))
- Defeating named plaintiffs' motion for class certification involving claims of cybersquatting relating to domain names on the internet (Vulcan Golf, LLC v. Google Inc., 254 F.R.D. 521 (N.D. Ill. 2008))
- Winning summary judgment dismissing the claims against all named plaintiffs seeking to represent a putative class of home equity borrowers in Alameda County, California, against a consumer finance company
- Winning dismissal of the claims of a putative class action relating to accessing credit report information to advertise for loans (Zawacki v. Discover Fin. Servs., No. 06 C 4925, 2007 WL 625454 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 23, 2007))
- Winning summary judgment dismissing all claims brought against UOP LLC by Archer Daniels Midland Company on UCC warranty theories
- Obtaining dismissal of a consumer class action against DaimlerChrysler in Cook County, Illinois (Evitts v. DaimlerChrysler Motors Corp., 834 N.E.2d 942 (Ill. App. Ct. 2005))
- Defending Lear Corporation in federal court jury trial over a $75 million contract claim by a supplier
- Obtaining summary judgment against plaintiffs in Jefferson County, Mississippi, on behalf of a consumer finance company in a “mass joinder” fraud action
- Obtaining dismissal by the court of a federal RICO count at the conclusion of a six-week criminal trial (United States v. Serpico, No. 99 CR 570, 2001 WL 803703 (N.D. Ill. July 10, 2001))
- Representing Sears, Roebuck and Co. in several putative national consumer class action lawsuits and state attorney general investigations (including Poe v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., No. 96-cv-358, 1998 WL 113561 (N.D. Ga. Feb. 13, 1998); Kelly v. Sears Roebuck and Co., 720 N.E.2d 683 (Ill. App. Div. 1999); and Feuerman v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., No. 96 Civ. 0120, 1996 WL 648966 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 6, 1996))
- Representing Reader’s Digest in its successful Illinois appeal that reversed a trial court’s class certification decision
- Representing Interstate Brands in a 22-state product recall of Twinkies and other snack cakes due to allegations of improper asbestos removal from the bakery (including class actions and government investigations)
- Successfully representing Interstate Brands in a DOJ antitrust division contest over its acquisition of Continental Baking
- Defending Gateway, Inc. in a putative national class action of purchasers of a certain PC configuration, which concluded successfully when the trial court’s certification of a nationwide class was overridden by the Seventh Circuit’s direction that an arbitration clause had to be enforced and that a class arbitration was not permissible (Hill v. Gateway 2000, Inc., 105 F.3d 1147 (7th Cir. 1997))
- Serving as national coordinating counsel for a series of class actions involving consumer lending
- In New York, a Trust Beneficiary Has Powerful Rights, Law360 (Jan. 23, 2018) (with Justin Ellis)
- Virtual Round Table: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2014, Corporate LiveWire (Feb. 2014)
- Opting Out of a Class Action: Timing Crucial for Plaintiff Companies, Corporate Counsel (Fall 2013) (with Lucas M. Walker)
Mr. Wiegand has served in several positions, including on the Board of Governors for the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. He also is a member of the Chicago Inn of Court. He has taught courses for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and he served for five years on the board of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.
In his community, Mr. Wiegand has served as a board member of the Over the Rainbow Association, and the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Illinois.