Overview

Michael Slade is a trial lawyer with a broad commercial and appellate litigation practice. His cases involve all types of complex commercial litigation, including products liability, professional liability, consumer fraud, labor and employment law, trade secrets, and construction related matters. Michael also has extensive experience and a proven track record of success in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation.

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Speaker, “Modifying Labor and Retirement Obligations in Bankruptcy,” 38th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, November 14–15, 2019.

Speaker, “Discovery in Aviation Cases: A Potpourri of Issues and their Practical Implications,” 23rd Annual Institute on Aviation Litigation Conference, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL, June 8, 2017.

Speaker, “Flag of Convenience: Foreign Maintenance of U.S. Aircraft – Ignorance is Not Bliss,” 22nd Annual Institute on Aviation Litigation Conference, American Bar Association, New York, NY, June 1, 2016.

Publications 

Democracy In The Details: A Plea For Substance Over Form In Statutory Interpretation, 37 Harvard Journal on Legislation 189 (2000).

Book Review: Justice Antonin Scalia's "A Matter of Interpretation," 36 Harvard Journal on Legislation 259 (1999).

Recognition

Named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer in 2019 

Recognized by The American Lawyer as winner of the award for Transatlantic Litigation in 2016

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Aerospace/Aviation (2012, 2014, and 2015), Consumer Products (2013 and 2015), and Trade Secrets (2016)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999Texas
  • 2001Illinois

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1999
  • Emory UniversityB.A., Political Science & History

    magna cum laude

    1996
    Phi Beta Kappa