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Harold C. Hirshman

Harold C. Hirshman

Dentons US LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Harold Hirshman is a partner at Dentons and was an associate and partner at its predecessor firm Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal which he joined after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1969.  He has spent his career litigating cases around the country.  His practice focuses on securities and fiduciary matters but he has tried antitrust, patent and banking cases.  He has argued in many Courts of Appeals and in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Harold was an adjunct professor at IIT-Kent Law School from 1986 to 1988 where he taught Securities Regulation. He has been a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1984. 

  • Harold Hirshman and Alan Gilbert represented Allmerica in a jury trial in federal court. Plaintiff sought $18 million and was awarded $1.2 million which award was vacated on appeal.
  • Harold won a jury verdict of $125,000 for sexual assault on a prisoner against the warden and assistant warden of Dwight Correctional Center.
  • Harold represented Experian in a jury trial in Little Rock, Ark., where plaintiff sought $400 million and was awarded $0.
  • He successfully represented Experian in obtaining injunctive relief in Maryland.
  • Harold achieved another defense jury verdict in November 2001 in the Northern District of Illinois in a securities fraud, common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty case.
  • Harold successfully tried Dodson v. Prudential to a jury in Little Rock, Ark., winning a defense victory.
  • He tried Sherman v. Salton, a contract dispute, in the Eastern District of Michigan before Judge Tarnow.
  • Harold represented Charles Schwab successfully in the Appellate Court and in the Illinois Supreme Court in defeating a nationwide class action challenging fees Schwab received for order flow.
  • Throughout his career, he has handled many pro bono cases.
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