Areas of Practice
Education
  • University of Illinois, J.D., summa cum laude, 1988, Order of the Coif
  • University of Illinois, B.A., English Literature, summa cum laude, 1984, Bronze Tablet
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Anthony G. Hopp

Partner
115 South LaSalle Street
Suite 3100
Chicago IL 60603
TEL: +1 312 577 1249
FAX: +1 312 577 1370

Anthony G. Hopp represents clients in complex commercial, environmental and mass tort matters.  Mr. Hopp has represented clients in commercial and environmental cases in 20 states, and has handled all phases of single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action claims.   

Over the course of his career, Mr. Hopp has tackled a wide variety of litigation and counseling engagements.  His litigation experience includes mass tort matters, CERCLA cases, consumer class actions, insurance coverage disputes including bad faith, unfair competition and Lanham Act claims, trade secret claims, patent claims, actions for violation of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employment discrimination claims, shareholder derivative claims, dealership termination cases, medical malpractice cases, forcible entry and detainer cases, housing discrimination and zoning litigation.  His counseling experience includes risk management and product stewardship issues, product recalls, environmental audits, internal corporate investigations, and local siting of solid waste management facilities.

Mr. Hopp has tried multiple cases to verdict and other successful outcomes in state and federal courts. Some of these matters include defeating class certification for medical monitoring after a multi-day evidentiary hearing, obtaining defense verdicts on medical monitoring claims in a subsequent jury trial, securing defense verdicts in five TCE groundwater contamination claims after a three week jury trial, negotiating a favorable settlement after a two week class action trial involving TCE groundwater contamination, and obtaining multiple preliminary injunctions in cases involving Lanham Act violations, trade secret claims and breaches of post-employment restrictive covenants.

He has also argued and won appeals in Illinois, California, New York, Nebraska and the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 

Pro Bono

Mr. Hopp has been on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) since 2006.  In 2005, he received the LCBH Volunteer of the Year award.  Starting in 2009, he served as president of the Board of Directors for five years.  From 1997 to 2001, he served on the Judicial Evaluations Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, and he has been an Advisory Board member for Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies Program since 1996. 

Representative Matters

Environmental

  • Twenty-five years of experience in CERCLA, RCRA and common law environmental remediation and cost-recovery cases for clients across the United States
  • Currently representing a manufacturer of wood preservative products in connection with the Portland Harbor Superfund Site
  • Represented a regional agricultural cooperative network in five statewide class action cases alleging nuisance and trespass from the presence of atrazine in drinking water
  • Represented a multi-national company in a series of class actions and individual lawsuits alleging property damage from the presence of TCE in groundwater in Illinois and Ohio
  • Represented a municipality in the appeal of a denial of local siting approval for a landfill

Product Liability/Mass Tort

  • Currently representing a regional agricultural cooperative in personal injury litigation claiming exposure to atrazine
  • Currently representing wood preservative manufacturers in personal injury litigation related to chromated copper arsenate wood preservative
  • Represented a manufacturer of dry-cleaning detergent in product liability litigation
  • Represented wood preservative manufacturers in several thousand  personal injury cases in West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Ohio, Washington, New Jersey, New York and California claiming exposure to creosote, pentachlorophenol and chromated copper arsenate
  • Argued and won a products liability/wrongful death case in the Supreme Court of Nebraska arising out of alleged pentachlorophenol exposure
  • Obtained summary judgment in five personal injury cases involving TCE exposure
  • Obtained defense verdicts in multiple property damage actions alleging TCE contamination
  • Represented property owners and manufacturers in personal injury litigation resulting from exposure to lead 

Lanham Act/Trade Secrets

  • Represented a Chicago-based advertising firm in trade secret litigation 
  • Represented a New York-based internet advertising company in trade secret litigation 
  • Represented a New York-based wood preservative manufacturer in Lanham Act litigation
  • Represented an Illinois-based manufacturer of pressure relief valves in Lanham Act, trade secret, trade dress and patent litigation
  • Represented an Illinois-based manufacturer of solar panels in trade secret litigation

Employment

  • Represents the largest US commercial roofing contractor in employment and trade secret litigation
  • Represented a regional hospital system in a series of employment matters

Reported Decisions

  • Stevens v. Arch Wood Protection, et al., 2016 WL 5660362, CA No. 12-46-HRW (E.D. Ky., 2016)
  • McCarty et al v. Arch Wood Protection, Inc. et al.,  2016 WL 1306067, CA No. 11-109-HRW (E.D. Ky., 2016)
  • Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co, Beazer East Inc., 802 F.3d 876 (7th Cir., 2015)
  • Turnell v. CentiMark Corp., 796 F.3d 656 (7th Cir., 2015)
  • Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co. v. Beazer East., Inc., No. 14 C 2434, 2014 WL 4414537 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 8, 2014)
  • Turnell v. CentiMark Corp., No. 13 C 2660, 2014 WL 3396490 (N.D. Ill. July 10, 2014)
  • Fox Moraine v. United City of Yorkville, 960 N.E. 2d 1144 (Ill. App. 2011)
  • CentiMark Corp. v. Vitek, et al., 2011 WL 856641 (N.D. Ill. 2011)
  • CentiMark Corp. v. Vitek, et al., 2010 WL 549066 (N.D. Ill. 2010)
  • Osmose, Inc., v. Viance, LLC, et al., 612 F3d 1298 (11th Cir., 2010)
  • Fred Beck; et al., v. Koppers, Inc., et al., 2009 WL 230036 (N.D. Miss. 2006)
  • Wroble v. Lockformer Co, et al., No. 02 C 4992 (N.D. Ill. March, 17, 2006)
  • Meyer, et al., v. Lockformer Co, et al., No. 02 C 2672 (N.D. Ill. August 2, 2005)
  • Hallmer v. Lockformer Co, et al., No. 02 C 7066 (N.D. Ill. August 2, 2005)
  • Farber v. Lok-N-Logs, Inc., 270 Neb. 356, 701 N.W.2d 368 (Neb. 2005)
  • Sirico v. Beckerle Lumber Supply Co., 227 A.D.2d 396, 642 N.Y.S. 55 (N.Y. App. 1996)
  • Louisiana Pacific Co. v. Koppers Co., 32 Cal. App. 4th 599, 38 Cal. Rptr.2d 257 (Cal. App. 1995)
  • Pelzer v. Lockformer, 2005 WL 1651729 (N.D. Ill. 2005)

Noteworthy

  • Adjunct faculty member, The University of Illinois College of Law
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Toxic Tort, 2016
  • Leading Lawyer for Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Products Liability Defense Law, Toxic Torts Defense Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2013-2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, Martindale Hubbell, 2013

Select News & Events

Selected Publications

  • February 3, 2017, Toxic and Hazardous Substance Litigation Committee Newsletter
  • February 1, 2017, Defense Counsel Journal
  • Co-author, "Encyclopedia of Toxicology: Law and Toxicology," Elsevier Inc., Academic Press, 3rd Edition Vol 3. pp. 48–57. Hopp, A.G., Stedeford, T. In: Wexler, P. (Ed.)
    2014
  • Co-author, "Class Certification for Non-Damaged Plaintiffs in the 7th Circuit: Will Comcast Change Anything?," Westlaw Journal Environmental
    May 15, 2013
  • Contributing Editor, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources: Science and Technology Committee Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 1
    January 2013
  • Co-author, “Four Years Later: How Has BNSF Changed CERCLA Practice?,” InsureReinsure.com
    November 20, 2012
  • Co-author, "Arranger Liability Post-BNSF: Is Aceto Still Good Law?," BNA’s Toxics Law Reporter
    June 21, 2012
  • Co-author, "Q&A: The FDA Takes On BPA," Food Manufacturing
    March 29, 2012

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) Science and Technology Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)