Robert Michaels

Partner

Robert Michaels

Partner

Chicago Office

208 South LaSalle St
Suite 1750
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 337 - 7700
  • Summary

    Rob Michaels is skilled and experienced litigator who represents individual, corporate, and governmental clients in a wide range of commercial disputes. As counsel for receivers, trustees and shareholders, Rob has prosecuted numerous fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and professional liability cases, recovering tens of millions of dollars for his clients. Rob has also successfully represented businesses in a range of disputes involving information technology and the internet, including claims for trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret theft, and online defamation. He also counsels and litigates for executives in change-of-control and compensations disputes. Rob has practiced in state and federal courts around the country, and successfully argued multiple federal appeals.

  • Background

    Prior to joining Goldstein and McClintock LLLP, Rob was a shareholder at Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C. He also served as a Staff Attorney and Project Director at the Midwest’s premier environmental advocacy organization (Environmental Law & Policy Center) and an associate at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Representative Matters

    • Obtained a $413 million judgment in a complex RICO, money laundering, and fraud case representing a closely held corporation and its shareholders on individual and derivative claims, and successfully defended judgment on appeal.
    • Obtained injunction to stop an online defamation and extortion campaign orchestrated by a client’s disgruntled former customer.
    • Represented an insurance company receiver in a RICO, fraud, and negligence case against multiple persons and entities (including a major financial institution, a foreign government, and a Swiss bank) involved in a massive looting and money laundering scheme. Claims against multiple defendants were favorably settled on behalf of the receiver. Successfully argued two federal appeals in cases arising from the scheme.
    • Represented a financial institution receiver in a director and officer liability case in federal court. Defeated multiple motions to dismiss and participated in obtaining favorable settlement.
    • Represented a software developer in a trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claim. After extensive litigation in two federal courts, matter was favorably settled.
    • Represented an insurance company receiver in a RICO, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty case against former officers and directors of three looted insurance companies. After defeating motions to dismiss and extensive pre-trial litigation, the case was favorably settled on behalf of the receiver.
    • Represented a major telecommunications company in a multi-billion dollar complex software ownership dispute. Lengthy investigations and negotiation led to a favorable pre-filing resolution.
    • Obtained a favorable pre-arbitration settlement for executive in change-in-control benefit dispute.
    • Represented a gender discrimination victim in a Title VII claim against the discriminating employer. Successfully obtained a reversal of grant of summary judgment in the Seventh Circuit, followed by a favorable settlement.
    • Successfully represented environmental and neighborhood groups in a suit under the National Environmental Policy Act challenging the approval of a flawed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a major toll highway extension.
  • Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • United States. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
    • United States Supreme Court
  • Speaking Engagements

    • Presenter - “So You Think You Want to Go There?: Chasing Assets and Enforcing Judgments Outside the United States,” Annual Bankruptcy Trustees' Seminar, Chicago Illinois February 23, 2015
    • Moderator - Numerous webinars in the  “Newbie Litigator School” series, sponsored by Financial Poise (2015- present)
    • Panelist - “Legal Developments in Combating Money Laundering,” sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago April 8, 2006
    • Panelist -  “Fighting Back in Court Against Money Laundering,” sponsored by Money Laundering Alert/Alert Global Media March 16, 2006
  • Publications

    • “Litigation Funding for Federal Equity Receivers,” The Receiver (published by the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers) August 2015
    • “Twice the Effort but Three Times the Reward: RICO Claims for Receivers and Trustees,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal July 1, 2013
  • Organizations

    • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers
    • Turnaround Management Association
    • American Constitution Society
  • Education

    • Duke University School of Law, J.D. with High Honors; Note Editor, Duke Law Journal
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A.
  • Community Service

    • Member of Advisory Board, Active Transportation Alliance
    • Volunteer Attorney, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation

    Litigation

Rob Michaels is skilled and experienced litigator who represents individual, corporate, and governmental clients in a wide range of commercial disputes. As counsel for receivers, trustees and shareholders, Rob has prosecuted numerous fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and professional liability cases, recovering tens of millions of dollars for his clients. Rob has also successfully represented businesses in a range of disputes involving information technology and the internet, including claims for trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret theft, and online defamation. He also counsels and litigates for executives in change-of-control and compensations disputes. Rob has practiced in state and federal courts around the country, and successfully argued multiple federal appeals.

Prior to joining Goldstein and McClintock LLLP, Rob was a shareholder at Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C. He also served as a Staff Attorney and Project Director at the Midwest’s premier environmental advocacy organization (Environmental Law & Policy Center) and an associate at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Obtained a $413 million judgment in a complex RICO, money laundering, and fraud case representing a closely held corporation and its shareholders on individual and derivative claims, and successfully defended judgment on appeal.
  • Obtained injunction to stop an online defamation and extortion campaign orchestrated by a client’s disgruntled former customer.
  • Represented an insurance company receiver in a RICO, fraud, and negligence case against multiple persons and entities (including a major financial institution, a foreign government, and a Swiss bank) involved in a massive looting and money laundering scheme. Claims against multiple defendants were favorably settled on behalf of the receiver. Successfully argued two federal appeals in cases arising from the scheme.
  • Represented a financial institution receiver in a director and officer liability case in federal court. Defeated multiple motions to dismiss and participated in obtaining favorable settlement.
  • Represented a software developer in a trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claim. After extensive litigation in two federal courts, matter was favorably settled.
  • Represented an insurance company receiver in a RICO, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty case against former officers and directors of three looted insurance companies. After defeating motions to dismiss and extensive pre-trial litigation, the case was favorably settled on behalf of the receiver.
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in a multi-billion dollar complex software ownership dispute. Lengthy investigations and negotiation led to a favorable pre-filing resolution.
  • Obtained a favorable pre-arbitration settlement for executive in change-in-control benefit dispute.
  • Represented a gender discrimination victim in a Title VII claim against the discriminating employer. Successfully obtained a reversal of grant of summary judgment in the Seventh Circuit, followed by a favorable settlement.
  • Successfully represented environmental and neighborhood groups in a suit under the National Environmental Policy Act challenging the approval of a flawed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a major toll highway extension.
  • Illinois
  • United States. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Presenter - “So You Think You Want to Go There?: Chasing Assets and Enforcing Judgments Outside the United States,” Annual Bankruptcy Trustees' Seminar, Chicago Illinois February 23, 2015
  • Moderator - Numerous webinars in the  “Newbie Litigator School” series, sponsored by Financial Poise (2015- present)
  • Panelist - “Legal Developments in Combating Money Laundering,” sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago April 8, 2006
  • Panelist -  “Fighting Back in Court Against Money Laundering,” sponsored by Money Laundering Alert/Alert Global Media March 16, 2006
  • “Litigation Funding for Federal Equity Receivers,” The Receiver (published by the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers) August 2015
  • “Twice the Effort but Three Times the Reward: RICO Claims for Receivers and Trustees,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal July 1, 2013
  • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Constitution Society
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. with High Honors; Note Editor, Duke Law Journal
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A.
  • Member of Advisory Board, Active Transportation Alliance
  • Volunteer Attorney, Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Commercial Litigation

Litigation