Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.

Jeffrey S. Istvan

Jeffrey S. Istvan, a member, received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992, where he was a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Rochester, from which he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He clerked for The Honorable Robert S. Gawthrop, III, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1992-93.

Since joining Fine, Kaplan and Black in October, 1993, Mr. Istvan has had wide-ranging experience in complex cases, including antitrust, securities fraud, RICO, legal malpractice, corporate mismanagement, consumer protection and civil rights cases. Mr. Istvan has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine.

In recent years, Mr. Istvan has served as lead or co-lead counsel in several class actions resulting in excellent – and sometimes unprecedented – recoveries for the class. See, e.g., In re Metoprolol Succinate End-Payor Antitrust Litigation, No. 06-cv-71 (D. Del.) ($11 million settlement for end payors of an illegally monopolized prescription drug); Terrapin Express, Inc. v. Airborne Express, Inc. ($25 million settlement for independent contractors alleging underpayment by express delivery company; largest recovery in AAA class arbitration); In re Remeron Antitrust Litg., No. 02-cv-2007 (D.N.J.) ($36 million settlement for end payors of an illegally monopolized prescription drug); Parsky v. First Union Corp., No. 771, Feb. Term 2001 (C.C.P. Phila. Cty.) ($23 million settlement for trust customers of a bank; largest recovery in a common trust fund conversion case). In addition, Mr. Istvan served as one of the principal counsel to a group of large purchasers of copper in In re Copper Antitrust Litigation, 528 F. Supp. 2d 908 (W.D. Wis. 2007), a complex antitrust case alleging futures market manipulation that settled favorably for a confidential sum on the eve of trial in 2007. Presently, he is co-lead counsel in Standard Iron Works v. ArcelorMittal, et al., No. 08-cv-5214 (N.D. Ill.)

Outside the office, Mr. Istvan is the principal trumpet in the Delaware County Symphony and has served on its board. He also volunteers as a youth sports coach with Mr. Airy Baseball and Rise Up Basketball.

Practice Areas

  • Class Actions
  • Antitrust
  • Complex Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit, 1997

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1992, J.D.
    Honors: Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar
    Honors: Bracewell & Patterson Oral Advocacy Award
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1989
    B.A, Statistics/Political Science; Certificate in Actuarial Studies; Certificate in Management Studies
    Honors: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; James D. McGill Prize (Outstanding Political Science Major); Alumni Regional Scholarship

Representative Cases

  • Standard Iron Works v. ArcelorMittal, et al., 639 F. Supp. 2d 877 (N.D. Ill. 2009) (antitrust class action alleging that major U.S. steel producers conspired to restrict supply of steel, thus fixing prices of steel products; settlements of $164 million have been secured, with litigation continuing)
  • In re Metoprolol Succinate End-Payor Antitrust Litigation, 2010 WL 1485328 (D. Del. 2010)
  • In re Terrapin Express, Inc. v. Airborne Express, Inc., No. 11-199-01536- 05 (AAA 2007)
  • In re Copper Antitrust Litigation, 528 F. Supp. 2d 908 (W.D. Wisc. 2007)
  • In re Remeron End-Payor Antitrust Litigation, 2005-2 Trade Cas. (CCH) 74,966 (D.N.J. 2005)
  • Parsky v. First Union Corp., 2001 WL 535786 (Phila. Com. Pl. 2001)
  • Browne v. Abdelhak, 2000 WL 1201889 (E.D. Pa. 2000)
  • In re Polypropylene Carpet Antitrust Litig., 93 F.Supp. 2d 1348 (N.D. Ga. 2000)
  • Lawrence v. Philip Morris, 1999 WL 51845 (E.D. N.Y. 1999)
  • In re Commercial Explosives Antitrust Litig., 945 F.Supp. 1489 (D. Utah 1996)
  • Allah v. Menei, 844 F.Supp. 1056 (E.D. Pa. 1994)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member