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  • Education
    • J.D., with honors, DePaul University College of Law, 2005, Herzog Scholar; Hinshaw Scholar
    • B.A., University of Illinois, 1992, President's Award Scholar
Rodney Lewis is an experienced and seasoned litigator and has assisted corporate clients in complex commercial litigation matters across an array of industries in state and federal courts, including consumer class action defense under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, various state consumer protection laws, construction litigation, False Claims Act defense, privacy and data security matters, and complex commercial disputes. 

Since joining Polsinelli, he has successfully defended several clients in civil trials, defeated motions for class certification, won cases on summary judgment, obtained favorable results for clients through alternative dispute resolution processes, and negotiated favorable settlements for clients where appropriate. Honed by a decade of running his own business in the competitive entertainment industry, Rodney is dedicated to understanding his clients’ business and possesses project management skills necessary in helping him to identify and implement unique strategies for clients.
  • Obtained dismissal of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) matter in Northern District of Illinois on behalf of financial institution that contacted Plaintiff numerous times to collect on a delinquent loan. Successfully argued that the telecommunications system used to make the collection calls lacked capacity and features sufficient to qualify as an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) or a predictive dialer, as these terms are defined under the statute and in case law interpreting the TCPA.
  • Defeated a motion for class certification and subsequently won summary judgment on behalf of a consumer reporting agency client in a Fair Credit Reporting Act  (“FCRA”) class action filed in the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs’ claims included allegations of impermissible purpose and lack of reasonable procedures to ensure that consumer reports are furnished only for permissible purposes under Sections 1681(b) and (e) of the FCRA, and challenges to well-established Native American tribal lending laws. Won the case on summary judgment and the court dismissed all counts, with prejudice. The proposed class, as defined, would have included over one million consumers, each claiming at least one violation, and the FCRA imposes statutory penalties between $100-$1,000 per violation. Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-07802
  • Won a 2014 Circuit Court of Cook County trial in a construction-related dispute concerning the interpretation and application of final lien waivers. Joyce Bros. v. JK Logistical, Case No. 12 L 8725.
  • Defended consumer reporting agency client in Eastern District of Virginia putative class action alleging various violations of the FCRA, including impermissible purpose and failure to implement reasonable procedures, as well as failure to properly investigate disputes under Section 1681(i) and failure to disclose required information under Section 1681(g). Filed opposition to motion for class certification and negotiated favorable settlement during mediation before a ruling on class certification.
  • Leads team that supports one of “Big-3” consumer reporting agency’s national counsel defending FCRA claims in federal courts across the country. At any given time the team is handling 30-40 FCRA matters in six federal jurisdictions.
  • Part of team defending putative class action in federal court brought by multiple financial institutions against a major national retailer client.  The claims arise out of an alleged data security breach.
  • Positioned case filed in Circuit Court of Cook County Chancery Division for favorable settlement in dispute between LLC members over $92 million commercial real estate development.
  • Successfully defended at trial a breach of fiduciary duty claim brought under the Illinois Uniform Partnership Act.
  • Second chaired successful trial defense against breach of contract action between producers of life insurance products.
  • Defended a client sued on behalf of investors who lost $700 million as victims of a Ponzi scheme and the legal team positioned the matter for a very favorable settlement.
  • Won summary judgment in the amount of $500,000 for client in dispute with former real estate investment partner.
  • Successfully defended health and wellness benefits provider that was sued by a medical facility for alleged violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Defended franchisee sued by franchisor for allegedly breaching the franchise agreement. The team uncovered several accounting mistakes on the part of the plaintiff and leveraged those mistakes to negotiate a favorable resolution during mediation.
  • Won dismissal of claim brought in Circuit Court of Cook Country Chancery Division involving interpretation of declarations of high-end condominium association.