With a background in areas as diverse as atmospheric science, jazz piano and craft brewing, Russ Chibe brings a unique perspective to addressing clients' needs. For over a decade, Russ has helped pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers navigate complex matters in both state and federal court.
Russ focuses his product liability practice on multifaceted litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. He has particular experience managing multidistrict litigation (MDL) and mass torts on behalf of major pharmaceutical companies for products such as ethylene oxide, latex glove, benzene, blood thinner, antibiotic, NSAID, and artificial knee and hip products liability litigation, and asbestos.
Russ counsels product manufacturers regarding safety, labeling, data security and regulatory compliance and in connection, he drafts manuals and warning labels. He has helped clients respond to Consumer Product Safety Commission investigations. Russ also assists clients in developing a variety of products from mobile apps to wearable technology to industrial lubricants.
Russ is uniquely suited for working with science and engineering clients – primarily medical device, prescription and over-the-counter medication manufacturers – due to his STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) background. He worked with engineers, computer scientists, physicists and chemists while completing his master’s degree at Colorado State University’s School of Engineering. Russ also completed research at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres and the Desert Research Institute’s Snow Peak Laboratory.
Russ has authored and presented seminars on topics ranging from preemption for generic over-the-counter medications, premises liability to the regulation of mobile medical apps. He has also published articles on the opioid crisis, data security and the Internet of Things.
Outside of his product liability clients, Russ consults with local craft breweries regarding business development, regulatory compliance and intellectual property matters. His familiarity with the craft beer industry goes beyond the law as he has won multiple home-brewing awards and helped develop the recipe for Ironworks Altbier, a seasonal beer from Metropolitan Brewing in Chicago.
While attending law school, Russ worked in Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, where he helped draft a clemency petition on behalf of an Indiana Death Row inmate whose sentence was subsequently commuted.
A native southsider, Russ resides in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and his active in his community. When he is not counseling or representing clients, Russ can be found at one of the city’s ice rinks, either playing hockey himself or cheering for his goalie daughter and her Chicago Jets teammates.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar
Member, International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization
Member, Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative
Church council member, Bethlehem Lutheran (ELCA)
Former legal advisor, Homebrewers’ Pride of the Southside
Former board of directors, Chicago Composers Forum