Michael J. Summerhill is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group. He is a seasoned litigator with extensive appellate and trial court level experience. He represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups in a variety of industries, including health care, software, health information technology, financial services and FinTech, medical device, consumer products, and venture capital.
Mike also arbitrates commercial disputes before the American Arbitration Association and other alternative dispute resolution forums.
I have more than 20 years of experience litigating cases in federal and state courts. My services range from complex commercial disputes involving a variety of industries, to specialized appellate work, to significant experience in the health tech, FinTech and GreenTech industries.
I represent clients in a variety of substantive areas including complex mass torts, securities fraud, shareholder derivative claims, fraudulent transfer claims, and complex commercial claims.
I argue appellate matters and draft briefs for various appeals, in all appellate courts, including the U.S. and state Supreme Courts.
I have significant experience litigating fraudulent transfer claims, particularly those brought by court-appointed receivers/trustees.
Artificial intelligence will continue to improve, particularly in the health care space. With technological improvement comes new and emerging litigation risks, and I have been closely following developments and best practices toward helping clients manage these risks.
Economic disruptions following COVID-19 and geo-political developments will continue to impact businesses. All disruptions, however, present opportunities, particularly for an innovation-based economy. We constantly monitor emerging technologies with an eye toward predicting risk as well as capital flows.
Consolidation in all industries continues to be a major contributor of company expansion as well as litigation risk, whether from shareholders, regulators or from unforeseen risks from acquired assets.
Mike has represented clients in many significant matters, including:
Adjunct faculty member, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Law
Before joining Nixon Peabody in August 2019, Mike was a partner at a leading midsize law firm in Chicago. Prior to that, Mike was a partner in the Chicago offices of an NLJ 500 firm as well as an Am Law 200 firm.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
The John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, The John Marshall Law Review
The Ohio State University, B.A.
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