Rich Tilghman 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 benefit-related disputes.
Many of the disputes I handle involve the health care and life sciences industry, including commercial disputes with vendors and customers, breach of contract actions, and claims for violation of restrictive covenants and theft of confidential information and trade secrets. I have prosecuted several high-stakes litigation claims against companies that have acted as third-party service providers for our clients’ health, welfare, and retirement plans.
I keep the client’s interests at the forefront at all times 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 tried numerous cases to verdict in various state and federal courts as well as arbitration forums. I have also successfully argued appeals before state and federal appellate courts.
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 breach 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.
I am currently monitoring the development of cases filed under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act, an Illinois statute that is currently subject to hundreds of putative class action cases. The case law on biometric privacy issues in Illinois is likely to continue developing rapidly given the number of putative class actions that are percolating through Illinois state and federal courts.
Law360 | January 15, 2021
In this article on the increasing regulatory scrutiny around biometric data, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Rich Tilghman are quoted for their outlook on New York’s bill introducing a biometric privacy bill and the move toward more disclosure and transparency in the way companies collect biometric data.
Law360 | December 17, 2020
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rich Tilghman is quoted in this article for his thoughts on two major BIPA cases in 2020: Bryant v. Compass Group USA Inc. and McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park LLC.
HR Magzine | September 28, 2020
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Rich Tilghman and John Ruskusky, and associate Henry Caldwell contributed this article, based on their recent blog post, on the rise in putative class actions in Illinois by employees against entities that employ biometric technology.
The American Lawyer | February 05, 2020
This article features Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Richard Tilghman analyzing Facebook’s recent $550 million settlement in a class action suit alleging violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Law360 | December 19, 2019
This article includes quotes and legal insights from Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath and Richard Tilghman discussing some of year’s biggest Illinois decisions.
Business Insurance Magazine | August 20, 2019
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.
Retail Environment | February 07, 2019
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rich Tilghman authored this article about how legal trends related to data protection and monetization, ADA accessibility, and leasing will impact retailer strategies.
Privacy Alert | 01.15.21
Data Privacy | 11.17.20
Class Action Alert | 04.13.20
Privacy Alert | 01.30.20
Commercial Litigation Alert | 08.12.19
Privacy Law Alert | 01.24.19
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DePaul University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude; Managing Editor of Notes and Comments, DePaul Law Review; Order of the Coif
Boston College, B.S., cum laude
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit