Managing Partner, Chicago Office
Winston & Strawn LLP
Linda Coberly is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s litigation practice and chairs the firm’s Appellate and Critical Motions practice. She also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Coberly focuses her practice on appeals and on motions practice that resolves complex commercial lawsuits before trial. She is known for her strong business sense, excellent briefs, and clear and compelling oral advocacy. She counsels clients on appellate and strategic issues at all stages of litigation, from before trial through and including proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has briefed and argued appeals in six different federal courts of appeals and a variety of state appellate and supreme courts.
Ms. Coberly has particularly extensive experience in corporate fraud and securities litigation – including defending issuers, auditors, and others in tort and securities fraud actions following allegations of fraud. These cases frequently implicate complex issues of pleading, class certification, agency law, damages, standing, and loss causation – as well as the doctrine of in pari delicto, which arises whenever a corporation or trustee attempts to sue a third party for a fraud committed by the corporation’s own management. Ms. Coberly has been at the forefront of some of the most high-profile cases in these areas.
A significant portion of Ms. Coberly’s practice centers on advising and representing clients with regard to proceedings in the United States Supreme Court, drawing upon her experience as a law clerk to Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the Supreme Court and to Judge Douglas H. Ginsberg on the D.C. Circuit. She also frequently represents amici in important business cases before the Court.