Phillip A. Bock


Mr. Bock obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia’s School of Law in 1994. For more than twenty years, Mr. Bock has practiced law in Chicago, Illinois. He currently presides as the lead attorney and manager of Bock, Hatch, Lewis & Oppenheim, LLC. Mr. Bock not only manages personnel matters, but also handles many of the cases taken by the firm. Mr. Bock has acted as a leading attorney in a number of class-action lawsuits, as well as drafted complaints, argued before many courts of law, and negotiated settlements with success.

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 1994

·        Florida, 2011

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5501


Robert M. Hatch


Mr. Hatch obtained his J.D. from Wayne State University in 1990. He is a member of Order of the Coif and is the author of “State Survey of Class Action Law” (Hawai’i Section, ABA 2015); “RICO Theories, Cases and Strategies in Consumer Litigation: Strategies for Defending Section 1962 Claims”, 53 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report 140 (1999); and “Taylor v. Quality Hyundai, Inc.: Assignee Liability Under Section 1641(a) of the Truth in Lending Act”, 52 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report 354 (1998). He has extensive consumer class action experience in trial and appellate courts across the country.

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 1990

·         Michigan, 1992

·         Hawaii, 2002

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5504


Tod A. Lewis


Mr. Lewis obtained his J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1998 (Honors). Mr. Lewis litigates class actions on behalf of consumers, employees, and small businesses. He has extensive experience in handling all facets of class litigation from drafting substantive summary judgment and class certification papers,to pursuing written and oral discovery, to arguing before various courts. Mr. Lewis has also brought several class actions to trial, before both juries and bench trials. He also published “The Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act and its Qui Tam Provisions”, 88 Illinois Bar Journal 392 (2000).

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 1998

·         Texas, 2014

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5515


David M. Oppenheim


Mr. Oppenheim litigates class actions, insurance claims, and various Federal and State Appellate Court matters. He has extensive experience in the advanced stages of class action litigation, from drafting substantive, merits briefs, to arguing before various courts, to trial; in addition, he has led the negotiations in dozens of successful mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Oppenheim obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002, after receiving his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Yale University in 1999. He published “Hawala Banking: A Potential Tool for Funding Terrorism,” 14 Bank & Lender Liability Litigation Reporter 09 (2008). Mr. Oppenheim was named to the Illinois SuperLawyers list of “Rising Stars” in 2008, 2009, and each year from 2012 through 2016.

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 2002

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5525


Jonathan B. Piper


Mr. Piper obtained his J.D. from The Yale Law School in 1987, and his A.B. in Religious Studies from Princeton University in 1981. He has practiced law in Chicago for nearly 30 years, specializing in complex litigation of all kinds, including plaintiff class actions, as well as commercial, insurance, personal injury and criminal law disputes. He has provided substantialpro bono (public good) legal services, including a year writing criminal appeals for defendants who could not afford their own lawyers. His publications include contributions to “Race for Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fight Against the Death Penalty” (1995).

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 1987

Email: Phone: (312) 609-0906


James M. Smith


Mr. Smith obtained his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2005. Since 2005, he has litigated class actions on behalf of consumers, employees, and small businesses. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in handling all facets of class litigation from drafting complaints, and other persuasive legal papers, to pursuing written and oral discovery, to arguing before various courts, and negotiating successful settlements. Mr. Smith also provides free legal service for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 2005

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5502


Kimberly M. Watt


Ms. Watt obtained her J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2008, graduating magna cum laude and earning the Alumni Award for Excellence. She is the author of Eminent Domain, Regulatory Takings, and Legislative Responses in the Post-Kelo Northwest 43 Idaho L. Rev. 539 (2006-2007) and was the Managing Editor for the 2008 Idaho Law Review Symposium Edition, Law & Healthcare: Bridging the Divisions. Ms. Watt served as a law clerk/staff attorney for the Honorable Judge Ronald Wilper and the Honorable Judge Michael Wetherell of the Fourth Judicial District of the State of Idaho. She was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Canyon County, Idaho. Ms. Watt also volunteered with the Idaho Law Foundation, serving as a coordinator for the Fourth District Citizens’ Law Academy, and with the Girl Scouts. Ms. Watt currently volunteers with the Boys Scouts of America.

Bar Admissions

·         Idaho, 2008

·         Illinois, 2012

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5505


Molly S. Gantman


Ms. Gantman obtained her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2015. She has litigated on behalf of small business owners in state and federal court, and on behalf of employment discrimination plaintiffs before the Northern District of Illinois, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Illinois Department of Human Rights. Ms. Gantman currently attends to matters in federal court, and spends her time in the office researching issues pertaining to TCPA class actions, processing large volumes of discovery, and drafting class-related motions. Ms. Gantman is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a member of the Chicago Bar Association, and a member of the National Association for Professional Women.

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 2015

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5516


Mara A. Baltabols


Ms. Baltabols obtained her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009. Mara is an accomplished consumer lawyer with a wide-range of experience litigating in state and federal court. Mara was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for civil defense litigation in 2013, and for consumer law in 2016-2018. She was a key attorney in the Hammer v. Residential Credit Solutions, Inc. (2013-cv-06397) jury trial against a major mortgage servicer that resulted in a $2,000,000 verdict upheld on post-trial motions. Mara has a been a featured speaker at the NACBA’s 23rd Annual Convention 2015 discussing effective adversary proceedings and taking your best cases to trial.

Bar Admissions

·         Illinois, 2009

Email: Phone: (312) 658-5527