Biography

Jay Edelson is the Founder and CEO of Edelson PC, which has been recognized by Law360 as an “Illinois Powerhouse” and named a "Consumer Protection Group" of the year (2017). He is considered one of the nation’s leading class and mass action lawyers, having secured over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for his clients. Law360 has described Jay as a “Titan of the Plaintiff’s Bar.”

Jay has been recognized by the American Bar Association for being one of the “most creative minds in the legal industry” and has “taken on some of the biggest companies and law firms in the world, and has had success where others have not.” He has also been called of the most “feared” litigators in Silicon Valley and, according to a New York Times profile, his success in the privacy space has made him Tech’s “least friended” man. Put plainly, according to Chicago Lawyer Magazine, “when it comes to legal strategy and execution, Edelson is simply one of the best in the country.”

Commentators have singled out Jay’s willingness to tackle problems other lawyers shy away from and his creativity in finding winning strategies.  He has successfully litigated cases of first impression against the national banks in the wake of the housing collapse, leading to the reinstatement of over $3 billion in home credit lines. Through his privacy cases, he has “fostered a reputation for his uncanny ability to come up with creative standing and damages arguments” leading to “momentum-shifting rulings in challenges to the data security and information-gathering practices of companies.”

Jay has been chosen by courts and other institutions to handle some of the most complex and significant issues facing the nation today. He is leading the student-athlete concussion multi-district litigation against the NCAA, considered to be “one of the largest actions pending in the country.” His victory in the United States Supreme Court in Robins v. Spokeo has been called the most significant consumer privacy case in recent times.

Jay is representing dozens of governmental entities in lawsuits against the drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for the opioid epidemic in primarily state-based actions.