A litigator to the core, Debra Bernard devises efficient, collaborative and novel strategies to resolve disputes across a range of legal issues and practices, including class action defense of claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and other consumer and privacy claims, as well as other areas of commercial litigation. Debra provides counsel to clients in a number of industries, including technology, education, retail and consumer products.
A partner in the Commercial Litigation practice, Debra leads teams in all phases of litigation, including the formulation of discovery plans, motion practice and litigation strategy with the ultimate result of successful summary judgment outcomes, class certification defeats and settlements favorable to her clients. Some examples of Debra’s successes include a recent defeat of class certification in a TCPA case against Obama for America and the DNC; a dismissal with prejudice against Getty Images in a right of publicity class action prior to discovery; and summary judgment in favor of Riddell on a $40 million counterclaim for false advertising.
Debra also provides counseling to corporate clients and political law clients on TCPA compliance issues and other privacy related issues, such as biometrics and data management as well as litigation risk management, and e-discovery-related issues, such as data retention and preservation, technology, e-discovery protocols and best practices. Debra lectures nationally on a number of issues, including issues relating to data security, biometrics, the TCPA and e-discovery. She was recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2015-2017 for Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law.
Debra is strongly committed to pro bono and chaired the Pro Bono Committee for the Chicago office, she also serves and has served on several boards and committees in legal services-related organizations as well as a six-year tenure on the board of directors at her daughter’s Montessori school.