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. He also has assisted in, or supervised, the briefing of numerous other appeals in those courts and in other federal and state appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Among other substantive areas, Mr. Brody has argued appeals involving federal preemption, breach of contract, tort and personal injury, civil rights, bankruptcy, and criminal law. For example, on behalf of a well-known consumer-facing company Mr. Brody recently convinced the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to overturn a $57 million class action judgment that had arisen under a state regulatory statute.
As a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, he tries cases in state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Mr. Brody has represented policyholders in coverage disputes with insurance companies and in insurance regulatory proceedings, defended media and non-media clients in libel actions in federal and state court, defended financial institutions in challenges to their lending practices, and tried cases concerning failed business deals.
Before coming to Jenner & Block, Mr. Brody was a law clerk for the Honorable Antonin Scalia, 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 the Immediate 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 also a member of the firm’s Media and First Amendment Practice and the Real Estate Finance Litigation and Workout Task Force. He is a member of the firm's Associate Development and Evaluation Committee as well as the Finance, Hiring, and Hiring Executive Committees.