Ilan Rosenberg

Ilan concentrates his practice in the areas of complex international commercial litigation and arbitration.
Ilan RosenbergPartner

For me, the courtroom is the place where David really can stand up to Goliath.

My clients, individuals and their families, have gone up against the largest health systems, the biggest insurance companies, the most bad-ass chemical company, the richest pharmaceutical company, and even the United States government.

After college, I started as a foreign correspondent and then an investigative journalist. For each article, I would conduct interviews and often review reams of documents. Often, my stories were about those in powerful positions who had misused those positions. Those skills gave me a taste for cross-examination.

For my final project as a journalist, I wrote a historical account of the Nazi war crimes trials in Germany, told through the story of one of the last major Nazi figures to stand trial. (For more on that, here is a write up on the book.) I attended the trial in Stuttgart, Germany and listened to the stories of Holocaust survivors who testified to the crimes the Nazi officer had committed. I saw just how much the law matters, how the law really is a means to a measure of justice.

When my book manuscript was completed and off to the publisher, I turned to the law myself. I found a way to channel my experiences and skills – writing, investigating, questioning, challenging – so that I, too, could help people achieve a measure of justice.

The cases I take often involve complex issues of medicine and science. A medical procedure that went bad. A devastating medication error that caused a brain or spinal cord injury. A toxic exposure that caused cancer. A product or drug that was defective and caused a serious loss or permanent injury. Of course, the goal is to obtain maximum compensation for the serious wrongs my clients have suffered. We have won millions of dollars in jury verdicts and have obtained millions more in settlements to achieve that goal. The goal also has to be to help the client achieve a measure of justice, to restore dignity and respect.

From the first meeting I have with a new client until the moment that person’s case is completely resolved, I always try to remember the road that led me to where I am and the reasons I do what I do.

Ilan Rosenberg, a partner in the firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of complex international commercial litigation and arbitration.

Ilan was born and raised in Mexico City, and is a native speaker of both English and Spanish. He received his law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, Mexico, and earned his Master of Laws and Master of Comparative Law degrees from Penn Law.

For more than twenty years, Ilan has prosecuted and defended claims on behalf of foreign and domestic corporations in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration, throughout the United States and Mexico. He has first-chaired trials and arbitrations resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts and awards for his plaintiff clients, and obtained defense verdicts for clients in actions filed by both private and governmental claimants. Additionally, Ilan has achieved hundreds of successful settlements for both plaintiff and defendant clients in the United States and abroad.
Ilan’s experience includes prosecuting and defending breach of contract and commercial tort cases, products and premises liability actions, international catastrophic aviation matters, consumer class actions, insurance coverage disputes, and civil rights claims at the trial court and appellate level. Additionally, Ilan has been recognized by federal and state courts throughout the United States as an expert in the field of Mexican law.

Ilan’s experience also includes representing parties and amici curiae before state and federal appellate courts, and has briefed and argued commercial, insurance coverage, civil rights and constitutional appeals throughout the United States and Mexico.

In addition to his law practice, Ilan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Ilan is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and every court in Mexico. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, Northern District of Illinois, and Eastern District of Wisconsin.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of HIAS, Inc., HIAS Pennsylvania, and Justice at Work.