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Joshua D. Yount

Joshua D. Yount

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Josh Yount, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s top-ranked Supreme Court & Appellate practice, focuses his practice on class certification defense and appellate litigation. With experience successfully representing a wide variety of businesses, he offers clients sophisticated legal analysis, careful strategic thinking and vigorous advocacy.

Josh has been defending class actions for over 15 years, accumulating deep and wide experience. He has represented defendants in securities, consumer and insurance class actions in state and federal courts. He has obtained trial court denials and appellate court reversals of class certification. He has handled petitions for interlocutory appeals from class certification rulings. He has defeated class actions at the dismissal and summary judgment stages. He has served as preservation counsel at a class action trial. And he has litigated jurisdictional issues under the Class Action Fairness Act.

In his appellate work, Josh has briefed and argued appeals in numerous federal and state courts. He also has assisted clients with trial and post-trial strategies to develop and preserve arguments for appeals. Josh’s work has been instrumental in achieving significant successes for major corporate clients in the US Supreme Court and other appellate forums.

Josh also has represented clients in some of the largest securities fraud cases ever litigated. He has participated in all phases of such litigation, from discovery to class certification to dispositive motions to appeals. His cases have involved the major securities laws (the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act, and the Investment Company Act), as well the various preemption and immunity doctrines that govern common law and antitrust suits involving securities transactions.

Beyond his extensive work on appellate, class action, and securities matters, Josh has experience with a wide variety of business litigation in the areas of insurer defense, bankruptcy, accountant’s liability, antitrust, tort, contract, products liability, commercial disparagement and white collar criminal. In addition, Josh has worked on a number of pro bono appeals through Mayer Brown’s Seventh Circuit Project.

Josh is an Associate Editor of The Circuit Rider (the Bar Journal of the Seventh Circuit), in which capacity he has written articles on oral argument, motions practice, preserving issues for appeal and pleading requirements. He is the author of the motions chapter of the Attorney’s Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the attorneys’ fees and costs chapter of Federal Appellate Practice. And he is a co-author of a chapter on class certification in the treatise, Litigating Securities Class Actions. Josh also is a regular contributor to Class Defense, the firm’s blog on key issues affecting class action law and policy.

Before joining Mayer Brown in 2001, Josh worked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, first as a staff attorney and a temporary law clerk for Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood, then as a law clerk to Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams.

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