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Illinois MCLE Marathon 2013

 
Author(s): Harold C. Hirshman, Eric H. Sussman
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Ethics/Professional Responsibility, Litigation
Published: May 2013
PLI Item #: 42795
CHB Spine #: H912

Harold Hirshman is a partner at Dentons and was an associate and partner at its predecessor firm Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal which he joined after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1969.  He has spent his career litigating cases around the country.  His practice focuses on securities and fiduciary matters but he has tried antitrust, patent and banking cases.  He has argued in many Courts of Appeals and in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Harold was an adjunct professor at IIT-Kent Law School from 1986 to 1988 where he taught Securities Regulation. He has been a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1984. 

  • Harold Hirshman and Alan Gilbert represented Allmerica in a jury trial in federal court. Plaintiff sought $18 million and was awarded $1.2 million which award was vacated on appeal.
  • Harold won a jury verdict of $125,000 for sexual assault on a prisoner against the warden and assistant warden of Dwight Correctional Center.
  • Harold represented Experian in a jury trial in Little Rock, Ark., where plaintiff sought $400 million and was awarded $0.
  • He successfully represented Experian in obtaining injunctive relief in Maryland.
  • Harold achieved another defense jury verdict in November 2001 in the Northern District of Illinois in a securities fraud, common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty case.
  • Harold successfully tried Dodson v. Prudential to a jury in Little Rock, Ark., winning a defense victory.
  • He tried Sherman v. Salton, a contract dispute, in the Eastern District of Michigan before Judge Tarnow.
  • Harold represented Charles Schwab successfully in the Appellate Court and in the Illinois Supreme Court in defeating a nationwide class action challenging fees Schwab received for order flow.
  • Throughout his career, he has handled many pro bono cases.


Eric Sussman is Kaye Scholer's Chicago Co-Chair of the White Collar Litigation and Internal Investigations Practice. Mr. Sussman concentrates his practice in complex civil and white collar criminal litigation, representing individuals and corporations in proceedings involving the SEC, DOJ and other governmental agencies. He regularly counsels healthcare companies and private equity funds on compliance and regulatory matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices issues.

Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Mr. Sussman was Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section for U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, where he supervised the successful prosecution of a wide array of cases, including complex securities fraud, tax offenses, regulatory violations, money laundering, racketeering, and computer-related investigations.

Mr. Sussman was also the Food & Drug Administration Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he worked with officials at the FDA and USDA to investigate and prosecute numerous criminal enforcement actions. He served as the lead prosecutor for a broad range of complex corporate fraud and regulatory investigations involving securities violations, corporate tax offenses, bank fraud, violations of food safety laws and workplace safety laws. Mr. Sussman has tried 29 federal cases, serving as first chair in 23 of them, and has briefed and argued multiple appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Among the cases that Mr. Sussman handled personally were the successful corporate securities and tax fraud prosecution of Conrad Black and other top executives of Hollinger International, relating to the embezzlement of millions of dollars from the corporation; the successful prosecution of one of the largest electrical contracting companies in the country for willfully violating OSHA regulations; the successful prosecution of the largest food-storage warehouse company in the Midwest and its president for fraud and food safety violations for their storing of tons of adulterated food products; and the successful prosecution of the former Chicago Police Department's chief of detectives and other organized crime associates who were convicted of operating a multi-million dollar jewelry theft ring.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Sussman served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable George M. Marovich, N.D. of Illinois.

Mr. Sussman began his legal career at Sidley & Austin in the Product Liability Litigation Group, where he coordinated the defense of multi-district state and federal AIDS/Hemophilia litigation.