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George Lombardi, Co-Chair of Winston & Strawn’s Litigation Department and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been described by IAM Patent 1000 as a “truly gifted lawyer and one of the finest trial lawyers anywhere in the world.” He routinely serves as lead trial counsel for companies in highly publicized patent cases. His $1 billion jury verdict on behalf of Monsanto in Monsanto Co. v. E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co. was recognized as the number three verdict in The National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2012, and was featured as the cover story in the Spring 2013 American Lawyer Litigation supplement. This verdict also earned him a “Litigator of the Week” mention by the American Lawyer Litigation Daily and recognition as an “Intellectual Property MVP” for 2012 by Law360. The case involved Monsanto’s ground-breaking Roundup Ready® technology, which farmers worldwide use to make their crops herbicide-resistant.
George has handled and continues to handle various other patent cases. Notably, he has obtained trial wins in matters involving a number of top-selling drugs, including: NuvaRing®, Zubsolv®, Prozac®, Yasmin®, Baraclude®, Razadyne ER/Razadyne IR®, Temodar®, Amrix®, and Testim®, among others. Many of his cases have involved first-of-their-kind wins. Outside of the patent arena, George has secured numerous victories for client Philip Morris in its ongoing tobacco litigation cases. Most recently, he served as first-chair trial counsel and obtained a complete defense jury verdict in the retrial of Craft v. Philip Morris, a billion-dollar consumer fraud class action. In connection with his product liability work, The Legal 500 described him as “a bet-the-company trial lawyer who is extremely easy to work with and strikes up a great rapport with juries.” George was named “Intellectual Property Attorney of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation in 2017, recognized as a “Leading Trial Lawyer” by The Legal 500 in 2018, and named “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer in 2014.
Education/Alumni: University of Michigan, J.D., 1984
Last updated October 2018