Vedder Price

Blaine C. Kimrey

Shareholder

Blaine C. Kimrey is a Shareholder in the Litigation practice in Vedder Price’s Chicago office, Chair of the firm’s Media & Entertainment Litigation group and a member of the firm’s Privacy, CyberSecurity & Media group.

Clients regularly hire Mr. Kimrey to defend putative consumer class actions on a nationwide basis. He is often retained on multiple cases simultaneously by clients or at the suggestion of insurance carriers because no client of Mr. Kimrey’s has ever suffered a final decision of class certification or an adverse final judgment –and Mr. Kimrey has never exhausted a limit on an insurance policy that paid defense or indemnity related to an underlying case.

Mr. Kimrey prides himself on having resolved every putative class action he has ever been involved in, easily more than 100, short of an adverse final judgment (whether that be by achieving outright victory or cost-efficient resolution). Class and direct litigation topics that Mr. Kimrey regularly handles include:

  • State law consumer protection claims 
  • Data breach and security 
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) 
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) 
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) 
  • Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) 
  • Communications Decency Act (CDA) §230 
  • CAN-SPAM Act 
  • Common law and statutory privacy and right of publicity rights 
  • Intellectual property 
  • Defamation 
  • Trade secrets 
  • Insurance coverage 
  • Miscellaneous other theories of alleged consumer harm, often with a communications or technology focus

Mr. Kimrey is defending or has defended cases in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin.

Given the nature of his practice, Mr. Kimrey regularly performs internal investigations for his clients and often is in contact with the FBI, IRS, OCR, FCC, FTC, and various other state and federal regulators and attorneys general.

A former journalist at two daily newspapers (the Austin American-Statesman and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette), Mr. Kimrey uses his background as a journalist to investigate matters and identify solutions for his clients. While his journalism background makes him an easy choice for retention by media, entertainment, advertising and technology companies, that background also serves him well in learning about and understanding other industries and areas of law and bringing his writing, investigatory, and communicative skills to bear on behalf of clients of all types.

Recognized since 2011 by Chambers USA as a leading Media and Entertainment Litigation lawyer in Illinois, Mr. Kimrey also was named in 2008 to Chicago Law Bulletin’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” list and designated a 2009 Benchmark Litigation Future Star in Illinois. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Litigation—Intellectual Property from 2015 to 2017. He holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating), was selected for inclusion from 2012 to 2016 in Illinois Super Lawyers, and was selected as a Leading Lawyer in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Kimrey is also dedicated to pro bono work, having served for six years on the Chicago Bar Foundation Board of Directors (the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Bar Association) and having won the U.S. Northern District of Illinois/Federal Bar Association 2012 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service.

He also provides prepublication and prebroadcast review of content for media (including Internet) entities and drafts and negotiates web development, licensing and other technology, publishing, and entertainment agreements.

Mr. Kimrey served on a team featured in The American Lawyer for its success in representing a major property and casualty insurance carrier with respect to homeowners’ policy claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina (Mr. Kimrey was  a subject matter expert on design, construction, and maintenance of the levees in New Orleans). He also has participated in corporate internal investigations and proceedings brought by multiple state regulatory authorities against Fortune 500 companies.

Blaine C. Kimrey

Shareholder

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1998, with honors
  • University of Kansas, B.S., 1992, Journalism, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Tau Alpha

Blaine C. Kimrey

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Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1998
  • Illinois, 2003

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2014

Affiliations

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Chair, Teleseminar Committee, ABA Forum on Communications Law, 2012

Chair, ABA TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee, 2009–10

Co-Chair, KCMBA Media Law Committee, 2009–11

Member, Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Circle of Justice

Member, Chicago Bar Foundation Nominating and Governance Committee, 2008–present

Supporter, Foundation 65

Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Bar Foundation,
2010–16

Member, Illinois Bar Association

Soccer Coach, Evanston AYSO, 2007–present

Chair, Missouri Bar Media Law Committee, 2000–03

 

Blaine C. Kimrey

Shareholder

Blaine C. Kimrey

Shareholder

Blaine C. Kimrey

Shareholder

Blogs

Mr. Kimrey contributes to our Media & Privacy Risk Report blog. To view it, please click here.