Areas of Practice
Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1979
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., summa cum laude, 1976
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • US Supreme Court
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • US District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Robert L. Shuftan

Partner
115 South LaSalle Street
Suite 3100
Chicago IL 60603
TEL: +1 312 577 1245
FAX: +1 312 577 1370

Robert L. Shuftan, a partner in Steptoe’s Chicago office, has established a national reputation in high-profile mass actions in which environmental law and toxic tort intersect.  He concentrates his practice in civil litigation and counseling of corporate clients, with particular emphasis on chemical, toxic tort, and environmental site issues.  LawDragon Magazine calls him “bright, articulate, well-versed in the law and handles himself as well on the shop floor as in the Boardroom. …The results obtained by Bob and his firm have been nothing short of outstanding.”

With more than 30 years of experience on many class actions and mass tort matters that have posed industry-wide or business changing implications, Mr. Shuftan has handled a broad range of chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical products at issue in litigation and counseling engagements during his career.  In the chemical industry, these include coke and coal-tar based materials, wood preservatives, asbestos, agricultural pesticides, heavy metals, PCBs, solvents, and nanotechnology.  Within the pharmaceutical and medical products industry, these include products and medical devices related to treatment of cardiac, orthopedic, thyroid, and arthritis conditions.   He also spends a considerable amount of his time advising clients on reputation management issues related to litigation matters and regulatory requirements.

Mr. Shuftan serves as national counsel to leading manufacturers and chemical companies and is a key advisor to top business executives, general counsel, and boards of directors.  Additionally, Mr. Shuftan brings substantial leadership to his practice, having served as managing partner of two law firms over the last two decades.

Representative Matters

  • Represented various product industries since 1985 on a national basis, successfully trying cases and handling litigation in over 25 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico 
  • Counsels manufacturers and industry associations on matters related to warnings and regulatory issues 
  • Assists industrial corporate clients on a national basis on issues of risk management and environmental, health, and safety compliance programs 
  • Handled high-profile complex litigation involving multiple claim and putative class action cases related to commercial issues, industrial operations and community environmental concerns
  • Has assisted, over the last 20 years, chemical, pharmaceutical, product and medical device manufacturer clients in responding to government regulatory inquiries and actions, and in dealing with litigation and corporate reputation management situations
  • Oversees and manages a broad range of high-profile, complex litigation matters involving multiple claim and putative class action cases related to commercial issues, industrial operations and community environmental concerns

Noteworthy

  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Toxic Tort, 2016-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Environment: Litigation, 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2008-2017

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Law Practice Management
  • Board of Advisors, Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry, Harvard Law School
  • Member, President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs