Martin Tully
Founding Partner

"A lawyer’s duty of technical competence requires appropriate knowledge and use of technology to effectively and efficiently meet client obligations." – Martin Tully

Martin T. Tully is a veteran trial lawyer with over 25 years of national experience representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation concerning a broad array of fields and industries.

Empowered by his commercial litigation practice, Martin is nationally recognized for his knowledge and experience in the fields of electronic discovery, information governance and data security/data privacy. His expertise helps clients to stay ahead of the curve in each of these fields with respect to developing law, technology, and best practices, whether in the context of active litigation and regulatory matters, or in seeking to avoid them. Martin is also adept at leveraging both technology and strategic partnerships with technologists to achieve client objectives.

Martin advances thought-leadership in data law as a member of the Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG-1), as an active member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability (WG-11), the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee, the ABA Section of Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Committee, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

In addition, Martin has published and presented extensively on the subjects of e-discovery, information governance, cybersecurity, and legal technology; has been recognized by Chambers USA, Nationwide, for Litigation: E-Discovery; and has been acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal as being “steps ahead of his competitors” and “widely regarded for his ‘superior knowledge’ of electronic discovery and information governance.”

Outside of his legal career, Martin is committed to public service and making a difference in his hometown of Downers Grove, Illinois, where he has served as Mayor since 2011.

  • Education

  • Admissions

    • Illinois

  • Courts

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Representative Matters

  • Target Corporation: Represented a national retailer in multiple data breach class action lawsuits pending in Illinois courts prior to their consolidation in Minnesota by the Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation. Served as co-lead counsel at early hearings concerning motions for entry of preservation orders, transfer and consolidation, and for class certification, among others.

  • Children’s Memorial Hospital (CMH): Represented a children’s hospital in an alleged wage-fixing antitrust class action brought by registered nurses against CMH and four other Chicago-area healthcare providers. Led the defense team that defeated class certification.

  • Insurance Broker: Represented an international insurance broker in defending breach of duty and negligence claims by an insured regarding the placement of insurance coverage for $80 million in damages caused by an explosion at a Florida pulp and paper plant. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client on all claims.

  • International Market Research Firm: International Market Research Firm: Represented a French market research company in defending charges of fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair trade practices, false advertising, and breach of contract, and a claim for damages in excess of $75 million. Second-chaired a four-week jury trial in that resulted in a complete defense verdict, which was featured in The National Law Journal’s “Defense Verdicts of the Year, Part II.”

Published Decisions

  • Top Tobacco, L.P. et al. v. Midwestern Cash & Carry, LLC, et al., 11 C4460, 2014 WL 243431 (N.D. Ill., Jan. 22, 2014)

  • Reed, et al. v. Advocate Health Care, et al.,2009 WL 3146999 (N.D. Ill., Sept. 29, 2009)

  • The People ex. Rel. The Board of Trustees of Chicago State University v. Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.,387 Ill.App.3d 606, 900 N.E.2d 414 (1st Dist. 2008)

  • Commonwealth Insurance Co. v. Stone Container Corp.,(N.D. Ill. 2002), aff’d323 F.3d 507 (7th Cir. 2003)

  • Research Systems Corp. v. IPSOS Publicité, et al.,(S.D. Ind. 2000), aff’d 276 F.3d 914 (7th Cir. 2002)

  • Bachman v. Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc.,(N.D. Ill. 1998), aff’d178 F.3d 930 (7th Cir. 1999)

Published Work & Speaking Engagements

  • The Sedona Conference Journal, Co-Editor-in-Chief, “The Sedona Conference Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2) Primer: Practice Pointers for Responding to Discovery Requests,” 19 Sedona Conf. J. 447 (March 2018).

  • ABA TECHSHOW, Co-Presenter, “Playing in the Big Leagues: eDiscovery in Large, Complex Litigation,” March 8, 2018

  • RMA International 2018 Annual Conference, Speaker, “Mastering the Transactional and Data Privacy Challenges of Buying and Selling Debt Internationally,” February 8, 2018

  • LegalTech New York, Panelist, “A Day in the Life of a Futurist Jurist Empowered by Artificial Intelligence: An Ethical Dilemma,” January 31, 2018

  • LegalTech New York, Panelist, “Rise of the Robolawyer – Increased Efficiency While Overcoming Disruptors to Your Career by Embracing Cutting Edge Technology,” January 30, 2018

  • The Sedona Conference Principles, Third Edition, Co-Author, October 2017

  • International Legal Technology Association Convention, Panelist, “Artificial Intelligence – What is it and why should I be attentive to it?” August 14, 2017

  • RMA Executive Summit, Speaker, “Data Security Breaches – Obligations in a Cyber-Sensitive Regulatory Environment,” August 1, 2017 

  • Florida Hospital Association’s 14th Annual Health Care Corporate Compliance Education Retreat, “Liability Arising from the Internet of Things.” June 8, 2017

  • Cyber Security In the Trump Administration Conference, Moderator, “Responding to a Data Breach,” and, “Navigating the Sea of Cyber Security Threats,” May 31, 2017

  • CJCC State and Federal Judges Conference, Speaker, “21st Century Technology for the Bench, Bar, and Beyond,” April 6, 2017

  • DBA International 2017 Annual Conference, Speaker, “Cybersecurity Roundtable: What You Don’t Know Can and Will Hurt You,” February 8, 2017

  • Third Annual Innovation in E-Discovery Conference, Presenter, November 29, 2016

  • The Sedona Conference Journal, Co-Author, “The Sedona Conference Commentary On Rule 34 And Rule 45 ‘Possession, Custody, or Control,’” 17 Sedona Conf. J. 467 (2016)

  • eTERA Consulting, Webinar Panelist, “Apples to Oranges - A Comparison of eDiscovery Pricing Models,” June 21, 2016

  • The Tenth Annual ABA National Institute on E-Discovery, Panelist, “A Discussion of the Stickiest Issues Involving TAR,” May 20, 2016

  • 3rd Annual Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum 2016, Speaker, “eDiscovery: Federal Rules, Recent Rulings & Strategy,” April 21, 2016

  • ABA TECHSHOW, Co-Presenter, “Legal Survey: Cyber Security and Data Protection Laws,” March 17, 2016

  • ABA TECHSHOW, Co-Presenter, “Breach Response: Security Breaches Inside & Out,” March 17, 2016

  • 2015 Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI) Leadership Summit, Moderator, “Risky Business: Governing Information During Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures,” October 15, 2015

  • The 2015 EDI Judges’ Guide to Discovery, Co-Author, “Chapter 1: Introduction To Information Systems At Organizations- It’s Not A ‘Just Push A Button’ World,” 2015

  • Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, Speaker, “The Social Media (R)Evolution: How Social Media Content Impacts E-Discovery Risks and Costs,” July 21, 2015

  • 5th Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, Speaker, “TAR Wars: Debating the Sticking Points,” March 10, 2016

  • ABA Techshow 2015, Speaker, “Don’t Get in Over Your Head - Collaboration in E-Discovery Issues,” April 17, 2015

  • LegalTech New York, Panelist, “The E-Discovery Question Challenge, If You Choose to Accept,” February 2, 2016

  • Lexisnexis.com, Co-Author, “2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments- Not to be Taken Lightly,” January 15, 2016

  • Innovation in E-Discovery, Speaker, “’Net, ’Net, ’Net: BYOD, Cloud, Privacy, Cyber, and Data Protection” and “Disputes Involving Technology-Assisted Review (TAR) or Predictive Coding,” December 3, 2014

  • The 11th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute, Moderator, “Social Media: Is Anyone Really Appropriately Addressing Privacy Issues?” November 21, 2014

  • ABA Techshow 2014 Conference and Expo, Panelist, “E-Discovery Caselaw Update,” March 27-29, 2014

Affiliations

  • Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production

  • Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability

  • Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Committee

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Du Page County Bar Association

Honors

  • Chambers Global2017, Ranked for Litigation: E-Discovery (USA)

  • Chambers USA2015-2017, Ranked Nationwide for Litigation: E-Discovery

  • Super LawyersMagazine 2011-2012, 2015-2017, Listed in Illinois for Business Litigation

  • Who’s Who Legal, Ranked for eDiscovery, 2015, 2017

Community Involvement

  • Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, Mayor, 2011-Present

  • Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, Trustee, 2001-2009, Mayor Pro Tem, 2003-2009

  • DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference, President, 2014-2015

  • Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation, Ex-officio member, 2007-2009, 2011-Present

  • DePaul University College of Law Center for Public Interest Law, Board Member, 2010-Present

  • Hope’s Front Door, Board Member, 2009-Present

  • UIC Campus Alumni Advisory Board, Member, 2001-2005; 2011-Present

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Martin T. Tully is a veteran trial lawyer with over 25 years of national experience representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation concerning a broad array of fields and industries.

Empowered by his commercial litigation practice, Martin is nationally recognized for his knowledge and experience in the fields of electronic discovery, information governance and data security/data privacy. His expertise helps clients to stay ahead of the curve in each of these fields with respect to developing law, technology, and best practices, whether in the context of active litigation and regulatory matters, or in seeking to avoid them. Martin is also adept at leveraging both technology and strategic partnerships with technologists to achieve client objectives.

Martin advances thought-leadership in data law as a member of the Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG-1), as an active member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability (WG-11), the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee, the ABA Section of Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Committee, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

In addition, Martin has published and presented extensively on the subjects of e-discovery, information governance, cybersecurity, and legal technology; has been recognized by Chambers USA, Nationwide, for Litigation: E-Discovery; and has been acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal as being “steps ahead of his competitors” and “widely regarded for his ‘superior knowledge’ of electronic discovery and information governance.”

Outside of his legal career, Martin is committed to public service and making a difference in his hometown of Downers Grove, Illinois, where he has served as Mayor since 2011.

  • Education

  • Admissions

    • Illinois

  • Courts

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar

    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Representative Matters

  • Target Corporation: Represented a national retailer in multiple data breach class action lawsuits pending in Illinois courts prior to their consolidation in Minnesota by the Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation. Served as co-lead counsel at early hearings concerning motions for entry of preservation orders, transfer and consolidation, and for class certification, among others.

  • Children’s Memorial Hospital (CMH): Represented a children’s hospital in an alleged wage-fixing antitrust class action brought by registered nurses against CMH and four other Chicago-area healthcare providers. Led the defense team that defeated class certification.

  • Insurance Broker: Represented an international insurance broker in defending breach of duty and negligence claims by an insured regarding the placement of insurance coverage for $80 million in damages caused by an explosion at a Florida pulp and paper plant. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client on all claims.

  • International Market Research Firm: International Market Research Firm: Represented a French market research company in defending charges of fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair trade practices, false advertising, and breach of contract, and a claim for damages in excess of $75 million. Second-chaired a four-week jury trial in that resulted in a complete defense verdict, which was featured in The National Law Journal’s “Defense Verdicts of the Year, Part II.”

Published Decisions

  • Top Tobacco, L.P. et al. v. Midwestern Cash & Carry, LLC, et al., 11 C4460, 2014 WL 243431 (N.D. Ill., Jan. 22, 2014)

  • Reed, et al. v. Advocate Health Care, et al.,2009 WL 3146999 (N.D. Ill., Sept. 29, 2009)

  • The People ex. Rel. The Board of Trustees of Chicago State University v. Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.,387 Ill.App.3d 606, 900 N.E.2d 414 (1st Dist. 2008)

  • Commonwealth Insurance Co. v. Stone Container Corp.,(N.D. Ill. 2002), aff’d323 F.3d 507 (7th Cir. 2003)

  • Research Systems Corp. v. IPSOS Publicité, et al.,(S.D. Ind. 2000), aff’d 276 F.3d 914 (7th Cir. 2002)

  • Bachman v. Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc.,(N.D. Ill. 1998), aff’d178 F.3d 930 (7th Cir. 1999)

Published Work & Speaking Engagements

  • The Sedona Conference Principles, Co-Author, October 2017

  • International Legal Technology Association Convention, Panelist, “Artificial Intelligence – What is it and why should I be attentive to it?” August 14, 2017

  • RMA Executive Summit, Speaker, “Data Security Breaches – Obligations in a Cyber-Sensitive Regulatory Environment,” August 1, 2017 

  • Florida Hospital Association’s 14th Annual Health Care Corporate Compliance Education Retreat, “Liability Arising from the Internet of Things.” June 8, 2017

  • Cyber Security In the Trump Administration Conference, Moderator, “Responding to a Data Breach,” and, “Navigating the Sea of Cyber Security Threats,” May 31, 2017

  • CJCC State and Federal Judges Conference, Speaker, “21st Century Technology for the Bench, Bar, and Beyond,” April 6, 2017

  • DBA International 2017 Annual Conference, Speaker, “Cybersecurity Roundtable: What You Don’t Know Can and Will Hurt You,” February 8, 2017

  • Third Annual Innovation in E-Discovery Conference, Presenter, November 29, 2016

  • The Sedona Conference Journal, Co-Author, “The Sedona Conference Commentary On Rule 34 And Rule 45 ‘Possession, Custody, or Control,’” 17 Sedona Conf. J. 467 (2016)

  • eTERA Consulting, Webinar Panelist, “Apples to Oranges - A Comparison of eDiscovery Pricing Models,” June 21, 2016

  • The Tenth Annual ABA National Institute on E-Discovery, Panelist, “A Discussion of the Stickiest Issues Involving TAR,” May 20, 2016

  • 3rd Annual Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum 2016, Speaker, “eDiscovery: Federal Rules, Recent Rulings & Strategy,” April 21, 2016

  • ABA TECHSHOW, Co-Presenter, “Legal Survey: Cyber Security and Data Protection Laws,” March 17, 2016

  • ABA TECHSHOW, Co-Presenter, “Breach Response: Security Breaches Inside & Out,” March 17, 2016

  • Akerman Data Law Seminar, Moderator, “Are You Insecure About Cybersecurity?” November 17, 2015

  • 2015 Electronic Discovery Institute (EDI) Leadership Summit, Moderator, “Risky Business: Governing Information During Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures,” October 15, 2015

  • The 2015 EDI Judges’ Guide to Discovery, Co-Author, “Chapter 1: Introduction To Information Systems At Organizations- It’s Not A ‘Just Push A Button’ World,” 2015

  • Akerman Twentieth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, “Data Security Issues in the Workplace,” September 2015

  • Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, Speaker, “The Social Media (R)Evolution: How Social Media Content Impacts E-Discovery Risks and Costs,” July 21, 2015

  • 5th Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, Speaker, “TAR Wars: Debating the Sticking Points,” March 10, 2016

  • ABA Techshow 2015, Speaker, “Don’t Get in Over Your Head - Collaboration in E-Discovery Issues,” April 17, 2015

  • LegalTech New York, Panelist, “The E-Discovery Question Challenge, If You Choose to Accept,” February 2, 2016

  • Lexisnexis.com, Co-Author, “2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments- Not to be Taken Lightly,” January 15, 2016

  • Innovation in E-Discovery, Speaker, “’Net, ’Net, ’Net: BYOD, Cloud, Privacy, Cyber, and Data Protection” and “Disputes Involving Technology-Assisted Review (TAR) or Predictive Coding,” December 3, 2014

  • The 11th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute, Moderator, “Social Media: Is Anyone Really Appropriately Addressing Privacy Issues?” November 21, 2014

  • ABA Techshow 2014 Conference and Expo, Panelist, “E-Discovery Caselaw Update,” March 27-29, 2014

  • eDiscovery & Info Governance Retreat, Speaker on eDiscovery Issues, September 18, 2014

  • 10th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute, Speaker, November 21-22, 2013

  • ARMA Live! Conference 2013, Speaker, October 28-30, 2013

  • Inside Counsel, Speaker, “E-Discovery FYI for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Corporations,” August 14, 2013

  • Carmel Valley E-Discovery Retreat, Panelist, “Can’t We All Just Get Along? Reaching Consensus with Opposing Parties,” June 19, 2013

Affiliations

  • Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production

  • Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability

  • Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Committee

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Du Page County Bar Association

Honors

  • Chambers Global2017, Ranked for Litigation: E-Discovery (USA)

  • Chambers USA2015-2017, Ranked Nationwide for Litigation: E-Discovery

  • Super LawyersMagazine 2011-2012, 2015-2017, Listed in Illinois for Business Litigation

  • Who’s Who Legal, Ranked for eDiscovery, 2015, 2017

Community Involvement

  • Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, Mayor, 2011-Present

  • Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, Trustee, 2001-2009, Mayor Pro Tem, 2003-2009

  • DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference, President, 2014-2015

  • Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation, Ex-officio member, 2007-2009, 2011-Present

  • DePaul University College of Law Center for Public Interest Law, Board Member, 2010-Present

  • Hope’s Front Door, Board Member, 2009-Present

  • UIC Campus Alumni Advisory Board, Member, 2001-2005; 2011-Present

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