Robin Hulshizer is a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial and Environmental, Land & Resources Departments. Ms. Hulshizer is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience litigating complex commercial and environmental matters. Her experience is multi-disciplinary, including toxic torts, product liability, consumer fraud, business contract, insurance coverage, and securities litigation. She has represented clients across various sectors such as manufacturing, oil and gas, consumer products, energy, and industrial hygiene.
In the environmental arena, Ms. Hulshizer's experience has spanned every major environmental statute and includes not only litigation but regulatory work, investigation/enforcement actions, and counseling in connection with financial transactions. In addition to her representation of clients in litigation arising out of mobile emissions, toxic tort, and the Superfund/cost recovery arena, her experience includes explosion cases, citizen suits, private cost recovery actions, and claims brought by or against federal and state governments. Ms. Hulshizer has also worked on variances and penalty actions for a variety of clients.
In the business disputes forum, Ms. Hulshizer has extensive trial and court experience, representing various companies in high-stakes commercial litigation, as well as before governmental agencies including the SEC and EPA. She also has served as counsel in numerous complex, multiparty cases as well as class actions and multi-district litigations, in various federal and state courts around the country.
Ms. Hulshizer’s experience includes:
- Defense of Navistar International Corp. and its former CEO in connection with SEC investigations, securities lawsuits, and derivative actions arising out of alleged misstatements regarding its mobile source emission strategy, including complex and highly technical analysis of engine certification applications, testing requirements, and diesel engine programs
- Defending client in multiple state actions, as well as a multi-district litigation and Canadian class actions, alleging emissions-related defects in big bore diesel engines
- Defended various multi-plaintiff actions related to alleged exposure to hazardous substances whether by air, soil, or groundwater, such as claims brought by 1,600 commercial fisherman against Occidental Chemical and chemical plant explosions — one involving a 20,000-plaintiff personal injury class action suit
- Two-week contractual indemnification arbitration hearing regarding HSWA environmental cleanup exposure at the fourth largest refinery in the US
- Four-week trial in Louisville, Kentucky, establishing takings value of property allegedly contaminated
- Five-week trial concerning Robinson Pattman Act claims in Northern District of Illinois
- Two-week trademark infringement and unfair competition trial also in Northern District of Illinois
- One-week insurance defense trial in the Central District of California
- Defense of high profile litigation pending in seven forums relating to a company’s near US$1 billion restatement, resulting SEC accounting and financial reporting investigation, SOX complaint, and other related litigation
- Defense of International Truck and Engine and other defendants in a US$260 million breach of contract action filed in state court, as well as related actions filed in various federal courts concerning patents at issue
Ms. Hulshizer currently serves as Local Chair of the Chicago Environmental, Land & Resources Department, and Vice Chair of the firm's Global Diversity Leadership Committee. In 2020, she was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of their “Women Worth Watching in Leadership.” She is a frequent participant in various diversity initiatives, including the fall 2019 Equal Pay Initiative Summit in Chicago.
Ms. Hulshizer is also passionate about various child related initiatives, serving for over ten years on the board of The REACH Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing methods for addressing the mental health needs of children. For over 12 years she has chaired the Chicago Do The Write Thing Program, an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence aimed at middle school students.