Mike has tried cases to verdict in courts across Illinois. Highlights of his trial results include:
- Served as trial counsel for a manufacturer in a multi-plaintiff action under the Fair Labor Standards Act. After Mike and his Ogletree colleagues obtained decertification of the 400+-member class, Mike and his trial team obtained a full defense verdict at trial on the remaining plaintiffs’ claims.
- Served as court-appointed trial counsel for an incarcerated inmate alleging violation of his Constitutional rights. In that case, Mike won a directed verdict on his client’s claims at the close of the evidence.
- Served as trial counsel for a large chemical company in state court injunction proceedings involving more than 1,000 picketers and demonstrators outside the company’s facility, and resulting in the judge issuing a restraining order in his client’s favor.
- Mike has often served as lead counsel for companies of all sizes in labor arbitration matters with successful results.
Class and Collective Actions:
Mike regularly represents employers in class and collective actions under state and federal laws. Mike has represented employers in a myriad of different industries and has significant experience in high-stakes and “bet the company”-type litigation. He has defended clients faced with both statewide and nationwide class actions. Mike has defended clients across many different industries including manufacturing, retail, temporary staffing and many others. Examples of his work include:
- On behalf of a large window manufacturer, obtaining summary judgment on named plaintiff’s claims in a case of first impression under the Illinois Employee Classification Act resulting in dismissal of the state-wide class action, and successfully defending that result before the Illinois Appellate Court, resulting in a published opinion.
- Defending multiple clients facing large class actions under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, including a statewide class action with 50,000-plus member class and multiple class actions with class sizes well in excess of one thousand members and reaching favorable resolutions of those matters.
- Defending employers in connection with multiple nationwide class actions filed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and reaching favorable resolutions to those cases.
- Defending employers in collective actions under the FLSA and obtaining decertification and/or partial decertification of the class.
- Defending employers against class action claims under the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act and successfully resolving those matters, including several matters resolved on a “walk-away” basis.
Wage and Hour Compliance
In addition to his litigation practice, Mike regularly helps companies navigate through complicated wage and hour issues. In addition to providing general advice and counsel on wage and overtime matters, Mike regularly leads audits of wage and hour practices and procedures, to ensure that employers fix any potential issues before they can lead to litigation. Further, Mike also represents and counsels employers in connection with audits conducted by the United States Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Labor.
Mike regularly defends employers against discrimination and retaliation claims in the federal and state courts. Mike has obtained summary judgment at the district court level and has defended those judgments on appeal in the Seventh Circuit and other courts of appeal. Several of the cases Mike has argued and prevailed on in the appellate courts have resulted in published decisions. Mike also regularly defends employers before various federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. In addition to litigating employment matters, Mike also regularly provides advice and counsel to companies on employment issues to help those clients avoid litigation in the future.
Mike’s traditional labor practice involves representing clients in arbitrations, labor injunction proceedings, and before the National Labor Relations Board.