Michael T. Brody is co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and co-chair of its Class Action Practice. Clients turn to him for help with litigation and appellate matters related to a variety of issues, including securities, antitrust, torts, contract claims, consumer fraud, fiduciary duties, and other statutory and regulatory claims.
He has argued more than a dozen appeals in various courts of appeal, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. Among other substantive areas, Mr. Brody has argued appeals involving federal preemption, statutory claims, breach of contract, tort and personal injury, civil rights, defamation, bankruptcy, and criminal law. For example, on behalf of a well-known consumer-facing company Mr. Brody successfully argued before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, convincing the court to overturn a $57 million class action judgment that had arisen under a state regulatory statute. He successfully convinced the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit to revive an $111 million antitrust suit. In addition, he also has assisted in, or supervised, the briefing of numerous other appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
As co-chair of the firm’s Class Action practice, Mr. Brody has represented clients in class actions at the trial and appellate level. In a recent case, he assisted a trial team in the successful trial of a major class action, successfully argued the case on appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court, and successfully argued the case in the Illinois Supreme Court.
Before coming to Jenner & Block, Mr. Brody was a law clerk for the Honorable Antonin Scalia, who was then a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability, and has been consistently recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network in the areas of Civil Appellate Law, Class Action/Mass Tort Defense and Commercial Litigation.
In addition to his private practice, Mr. Brody teaches a seminar on class action practice at the University of Chicago Law School and has spoken and written extensively about class actions, appellate and other topics related to his practice areas. He is a past president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, having previously served as first vice president, secretary, member of the Board of Governors and a Committee Chair, and he regularly organizes and presents training programs for appellate and trial lawyers. Mr. Brody is currently the chair of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation.