Johanna Spellman

  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA

Johanna Spellman is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department.

Since joining Latham & Watkins in 2008, Ms. Spellman has worked on a variety of complex litigation matters in state and federal court. She has litigated putative class action claims relating to alleged defects in engine emission control systems, the marketing of nutritional supplements, and concussions in college sports. She is currently Defense Liaison Counsel in In re NCAA Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation and In re NCAA Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation-Single Sport / Single School (Football).

Ms. Spellman has also litigated matters concerning toxic torts, product liability, alleged violations of environmental law, and other complex commercial matters. She has experience in all aspects of complex cases, including fact and expert discovery, motions practice (including dispositive motions), and trial.

Before joining Latham, Ms. Spellman served as a judicial clerk for Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

While attending Yale Law School, Ms. Spellman was a member of the Yale Law Journal and an executive editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation.

Ms. Spellman’s experience includes representation of:

  • A major global automobile manufacturer in class action litigation alleging RICO and other claims stemming from the alleged maintenance of undisclosed emissions “defeat devices.”
  • A nutritional supplement manufacturer in defending false advertising claims brought on behalf of putative nationwide and California classes.
  • An athletic association in multi-district litigation related to incidence of concussions in college sports.
  • A national pipeline company in defending toxic tort claims of approximately 400 plaintiffs relating to a gasoline pipeline release. Plaintiffs alleged personal injuries, emotional distress, and diminution of property value as a result of the contamination of well water in the area.
  • A national pipeline company in defending environmental claims brought by State authorities following gasoline pipeline release.
  • An energy trading company in a trial concerning a breach of contract claim involving a crude-by-rail facility in Houston, Texas.
  • An energy company in a trial concerning recovery of costs under CERCLA.
  • A dispersant manufacturer in class action and other litigation arising out of Gulf of Mexico 2010 oil spill. Obtained summary judgment.
  • A global corporation in a variety of investigations involving potential corruption and trade sanctions matters.   
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