Michael M. Mulder

Michael M. Mulder

Partner since 1986
Location:
Evanston, Illinois
Phone:
312-263-0272
Fax:
312-263-2942
Email:

Mike served as co-lead counsel in In re JPMorgan Stable Value Fund ERISA Litigation (S.D.N.Y), a case that resulted in a $75 million settlement for a class of 401(k) plan participants. He also served as co-counsel in Tracey v. Mass. Inst. Of Tech. (D. Mass.) that resulted in a settlement of $18.1 million as well as nonmonetary relief for the MIT retirement plan participants. Mike also served as co-lead counsel in Neil v. Zell, (N.D. Ill.), No. 1:08-cv-06833, a case that resulted in a $32 million settlement for a class of participants in the Tribune Employee Stock Ownership Plan. These cases alleged that defendants breached their fiduciary duties to the class and engaged in other violations under ERISA.

Prior to that, Mike also served as co-lead counsel in litigation against McDonnell-Douglas, in which he established liability and a settlement of $44 million on behalf of a class of 1,100 former employees in a trial that was one of the few successful ERISA plant closing cases in recent years.

He has also negotiated dozens of severance packages for executives and employees of Fortune 500 companies. Mike provides counsel to individuals in all kinds of employment-related matters, including the negotiation of employment contracts and non-compete agreements.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Pension, Benefits and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Oil & Gas Royalty Rights
  • Federal Practice
  • Complex Litigation
  • Securities

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Western Michigan University
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Honors: Honors Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School, Appellate Practice Clinic, 1978 - 1980
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law, Federal Court Clinical Program, 1980 - 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Council of Lawyers, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Illinois State Appellate Defender, Assistant Defender, 1975 - 1980
  • Legal Director, Project Justice and Equality, 1980 - 1982
  • Meites & Frackman, Associate, 1982 - 1986