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Michael L. McCluggage

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Education

J.D., University of Chicago

B.A., Ohio Wesleyan

  • magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Over the course of a three decade practice in business litigation, Mike McCluggage has represented corporate clients throughout the United States in a wide variety of complex proceedings. He has extensive experience in antitrust litigation, government antitrust investigations, internal investigations of client business practices, and the counseling of clients on antitrust and other business risks. He has had lead roles in major litigation throughout the country including a number of antitrust lawsuits brought parallel to government investigations, class actions and other business lawsuits. He currently serves as head of a group of defendants in 22 lawsuits in multidistricted antitrust, RICO, and class action proceedings.  His prior experience includes leadership of a joint defense group in the successful resolution of 14 related conspiracy cases filed throughout the country. He has significant background in formulating defenses to certification of classes in antitrust and other business-based commercial cases. His experience encompasses representation of a variety of industries including pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers, airlines, and equipment manufacturers.  Many of these engagements have encompassed counseling clients on management of disputes involving governmental and media attention.  Mike is counsel to the legal affairs committee of the board of one of the nation's largest corporations.

Other recent experience includes trial defense of a client in a federal false claims lawsuit in southern Mississippi and successful defense of a client in the Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, the civil class action litigation stemming from former New York Attorney General Spitzer’s investigation of the insurance brokerage industry. Among other engagements, Mike’s current responsibilities include representation of international airline clients in purported nationwide class action litigation challenging their compliance with European Union regulations.

Mike would be pleased to provide further information concerning past and current representations, as well as client references.

Before joining Eimer Stahl, Mike was a partner at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon in Chicago, where he was head of the firm’s antitrust practice and a member of the Executive Committee for over twenty years.  While carrying on an active law firm practice, he also served for over 3 years as acting head of the litigation department of a major corporate client.  The experience enhanced his perspective on management and resolution of major, high-profile disputes from the client perspective.

Highlighted Cases

  • In re Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation
  • In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation
  • Giannapoulos v. Iberia Airlines
  • Sandwich Chef of Texas, Inc. v. Reliance National Indemnity Insurance Co., et al.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Great American, et al.

Over the past 5 years, Mike has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading antitrust lawyer in Illinois.  He was named an Illinois Super Lawyer for antitrust litigation by the corporate counsel edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

  • In re Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation
  • In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation
  • Giannapoulos v. Iberia Airlines
  • Sandwich Chef of Texas, Inc. v. Reliance National Indemnity Insurance Co., et al.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Great American, et al.
  • Weatherford Roofing, et al. v. Employers National Insurance Company, et al.

  • State of Illinois v. Novartis, et al.

  • Brand Name Prescription Drug Antitrust Litigation

  • AARP v. Home Insurance, et al.

  • BCBSM, Inc. v. Abbott Laboratories, et al.

  • Bristol Hotel Management, et al. v. NCCI, et al.

  • State of Louisiana, ex rel., Charles C. Foti, Jr. v. McKinsey, et al.