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Tamar Kelber is the managing member of the firm. Ms. Kelber became a member in July 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kelber was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois for 13 years, and an associate at Sidley for seven years. Her practice focuses on mass tort litigation, including individual cases in multiple jurisdictions across the country, and national coordination and defense of pharmaceutical and other product liability cases. Her experience spans a variety of areas including consumer products, plasma derivatives, cholesterol lowering drugs, antipsychotics, antithrombotics, and other pharmaceuticals and biologics. She has a range of experience coordinating multi-jurisdictional multi-plaintiff litigation and defense of individual single-plaintiff cases and leads all aspects of litigation from pretrial discovery through fact and expert witness development, trial and appeal in both state and federal courts. She also counsels clients on the prevention and reduction of product liability risks before litigation. She has authored publications on topics ranging from transnational issues in product liability to Qui Tam litigation.
Tamar graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin in 1991 and received her Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1994, where she was Associate Articles Editor of the Northwestern Law Review. After graduating law school, she clerked for the Honorable James B. Loken, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Tamar is co-chair of the ABA Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotech Product Liability Subcommittee, and chaired the ABA Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Seminar in 2013 and 2014. She is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the ABA Women in Product Liability Committee.
Tamar serves the broader community in a variety of ways. For example, she is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Board for Onward Neighborhood House, a settlement house in two Chicago neighborhoods, where she works on counseling, governance and fundraising issues. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Visitors for the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Last Updated August 2019