Rich Tilghman, a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Complex Disputes practice, assists clients in resolving complex commercial litigation matters. He represents a broad range of clients in state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution forums throughout the country, with an emphasis on healthcare, life sciences, and biometric privacy disputes. Rich also co-leads the firm’s Biometric Privacy team.
Many of the disputes I handle involve the health care, life sciences, and other highly regulated industries, including commercial disputes with vendors and customers, breach of contract actions, claims for violation of restrictive covenants, internal investigations, and theft of confidential information and trade secrets. I have prosecuted several high-stakes litigation claims against companies acting as third-party service providers for our clients’ health, welfare, and retirement plans. I also work with companies in the medical and adult-use cannabis sector.
I keep the client’s interests at the forefront by looking for efficient, cost-effective ways to avoid or resolve litigation. When cases cannot be resolved, I act as a forceful advocate to meet my clients’ business and legal objectives.
I have defended numerous clients against claims alleging the misuse of biometric data. I also counsel clients on compliance with biometric privacy rules and regulations. My thought leadership in the biometric privacy arena includes news articles, industry presentations, and publications regarding all facets of biometric privacy litigation.
I frequently advise clients on protecting, licensing, and leveraging company data, trade secrets, and other confidential business information. I have litigated numerous cases involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation, breaches of confidentiality provisions, and violations of post-employment restrictive covenants. I also counsel clients on how to avoid the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary data through non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality provisions, and restrictive covenants.
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) has spawned numerous class action cases in Illinois and other jurisdictions. Companies need to mitigate the risks of ensuing class action litigation under legislation like BIPA.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Boston College, B.S., cum laude
DePaul University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude; Managing Editor of Notes and Comments, DePaul Law Review; Order of the Coif
In this article, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rich Tilghman discusses the impact of a recent Ninth Circuit ruling recognizing the plaintiffs’ standing in a class action suit accusing Facebook of violating Illinois’ biometric law through its use of facial recognition technology.
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