Ludwig E. Kolman is a Shareholder at Vedder Price, a member of the firm’s Litigation practice area and immediate past Chair of the Litigation department. He has extensive jury trial experience, having tried more than 40 jury trials in commercial, products liability and tort, and white-collar crime litigation. He is a member of the Patent Bar and has a master’s degree in physics which, when combined with his considerable trial experience, has proven invaluable in litigating difficult products liability and patent infringement cases and other cases raising technical or scientific issues. Mr. Kolman has more than 15 years’ experience acting as national trial counsel for major appliance manufacturers and, in that capacity, has tried cases around the country. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Kolman served five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago focusing on financial crimes. Before that, he spent several years in public interest litigation.
Mr. Kolman has devoted considerable time to pro bono work and was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 1992 by Pro Bono Advocates. He is a member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Bar Association, where for a number of years he has been a member of its Judicial Evaluation Committee, which evaluates the fitness of candidates seeking judicial office.
Mr. Kolman has been recognized by his peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer and was selected for inclusion from 2005 to 2016 in Illinois Super Lawyers. In addition, he received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Kolman is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.