Amy Rubenstein is a trial lawyer and professional problem solver. She achieves successful outcomes for clients because she understands their objectives and presents practical solutions. She first- and second-chairs trials, argues motions and appeals in federal and state courts, and develops strategies to avoid litigation and arbitration.

Clients from a broad array of industries turn to Amy as their “go-to” lawyer to solve problems, recognizing her unique ability both to develop a big-picture strategy and master the most complex details. Amy partners with her clients to effectively manage cases from pre-dispute through post-verdict, never losing sight of her clients’ goals. Amy's peers likewise recognize her as a tenacious advocate.

Amy was named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2014. Illinois Super Lawyers has selected her as a “Rising Star” in general litigation for five years in a row. The Northern District of Illinois and Federal Bar Association also have recognized Amy’s trial work with the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service.

  • Experience

    Amy has successfully represented clients in a range of issues in a variety of venues.

    • In a partnership dispute, a federal jury returned a verdict for Amy’s client and the court upheld her client’s verdict against a motion for a new trial.
    • Amy secured a new trial for her chemical company client in a case involving fraud and breach of contract after an inconsistent jury verdict.
    • Amy successfully resolved her client’s claims for damage to its seed and herbicide business caused by defendant’s GMO contamination, after the court dismissed the defendant’s $850 million counterclaim.
    • In situations where the government is investigating her clients, Amy  has conducted internal investigations and has worked to resolve alleged violations. 
    • Amy obtained vacatur of an arbitration award entered against her insurance company client after the opposing party defrauded the arbitrators.
    • In a federal trial, a class of plaintiffs turned to Amy to defend their constitutional rights.
    • Amy has been successful in seeking and defending against preliminary injunctive relief involving non-competes, trade secrets and fiduciary duties.
    • Amy obtained summary judgment in favor of a major franchisor on claims of trademark infringement and breach of franchise agreement.
    • In a patent infringement case, Amy successfully pursued a plaintiff’s claims related to hand-washing compliance systems, with defendant agreeing to license plaintiff’s patents.
    • Amy has negotiated contract disputes among business partners that avoided litigation and maintained the business relationship for her client.
    • A client turned to Amy to secure court orders to guard confidential insurance investigations from discovery.
    • Amy protected her client against a motion to bring assets into the state for prejudgment attachment.
  • Credentials


    • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2002
      The University of Chicago Legal Forum, Associate Editor
    • Emory University, B.A., English, 1999, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • California
    • New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

        Professional Memberships

        • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS)
        • American Bar Association
        • Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.
        • Chicago Bar Association
      • Insights

        News Release

        Nineteen Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named Emerging Lawyers

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2017 Emerging Lawyers Network.

        Blog Post

        No Delay for Proposition 65 Listing of Glyphosate

        Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

        Blog Post

        Safe Crossing: The U.S. Supreme Court Gets State Courts on Track with Daimler

        Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

        Blog Post

        It’s a Federal Question: Can Defendants Remove Under the Grable Doctrine?

        Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

        Other Publications

        • “Lessons from NY High Court’s New Umpire Selection Method,” (co-author) Law360 (Mar. 12, 2013)
        • “New York Supreme Court Takes a New Approach to Umpire Selection in Reinsurance Arbitrations,” (co-author) Schiff Hardin Insurance Alert (Feb. 7, 2013)
        • “Challenging the Arbitrator – Themes Emerging from Recent Cases,” ARIAS Quarterly (Second Quarter, 2012)
        • “New York Appellate Court Orders Reinsurers to Follow Cedent's Settlement,” Schiff Hardin Insurance Alert (Jan. 26, 2012)
        • “New York Appellate Court Rewrites the Rules on Disclaiming Coverage,” Schiff Hardin Insurance Alert (Jan. 23, 2011)

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Challenging the Arbitrator: Summary of Recent Cases,” ARIAS U.S. 2012 Spring Conference (May 9, 2012)
        • “For Your Summer, For Your Career: Making the Most of Your Law Degree,” (panelist) Women's Bar Association of Illinois Young Lawyers Committee (Apr. 7, 2011)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        Amy has provided effective representation to a number of pro bono clients.

      Product Liability and Mass Torts Blog

      No Delay for Proposition 65 Listing of Glyphosate

      For the past several months, Monsanto has been in court challenging California’s decision to add the chemical glyphosate—the active ingredient in its herbicide Roundup—to the Proposition 65 list. It recently faced a setback when the California Supreme Court rejected Monsanto’s request to stay a lower court’s decision to include glyphosate among the 960 chemicals on...… Continue Reading