JOEL S. FELDMAN is the practice area co-leader for Sidley Austin LLP’s Insurance Disputes Practice Team, a group of over 35 litigators nationwide, and also heads Sidley’s Insurance Class Action Defense practice. Mr. Feldman has served as lead defense counsel in over 100 class actions venued in over 35 federal and state courts throughout the United States. These class actions have covered a wide variety of financial services and consumer subjects, including ERISA benefit plans, annuities, property and casualty insurance, health benefits and health coverage, service warranties, life insurance, and California 17200 claims.
Mr. Feldman has won a series of precedent setting class action defense victories. These include winning the only complete class certification denial and summary judgment victory among the many ERISA revenue sharing class actions, and the only complete class certification denial and only complete summary judgment victory amid the myriad of senior citizen annuity class actions. Mr. Feldman has also successfully tried a securities fraud class action to a jury verdict, named by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten trials of the year.
Mr. Feldman is a frequent lecturer and author on class actions. His most recent article, “Comcast’s Lasting Impact: Crystallization and Affirmation of the Rule 23(b)(3) Predominance Requirement,” 15 BNA Class Action Reporter 574 (May 23, 2014), won a 2015 Burton Award for excellence in legal writing.
Mr. Feldman is a 1974 graduate of Oberlin College and a 1979 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Case and Note Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.