Jenner & Block

Michael McNamara is a seasoned trial lawyer who has won a long list of favorable verdicts, judgments and settlements for his clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters involving malpractice, securities, fraud, RICO, patent, antitrust, intellectual property, insurance, class action, breach of contract, real estate and employment issues. A member of the firm’s national Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and co-chair of the Professional Responsibility practice, Mr. McNamara is known as a “lawyer’s lawyer” who regularly litigates professional liability matters for many of the largest law firms in the United States.

Mr. McNamara is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in North America. He is also a Fellow of the invitation-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), which limits membership to 500 fellows in the United States. Additionally, Mr. McNamara has been recognized in Chambers USA every year since 2012 in the area of General Commercial Litigation, with clients describing him as a "big-picture guy who is very sharp and thinks outside of the box." Other clients describe him as “energetic and sophisticated,” a “clever, hardworking, and trustworthy trial lawyer” with “a robust reputation for a range of general commercial disputes.”

Mr. McNamara has been certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law. Mr. McNamara was appointed to ACTL’s Legal Ethics and Professionalism Committee for 2017-2018 with the mandate “to advance, improve and promote ethical standards and professionalism in the trial bar in all its aspects in both the United States and Canada.” Given his specialty and experience, Mr. McNamara serves as co-chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice, as well as Deputy General Counsel to the firm.

Mr. McNamara performs several important leadership roles within the Los Angeles legal community. For the last eight years he has been a member of the Board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and is the organization’s immediate past president. Mr. McNamara also serves on the State Committee for Southern California of the ACTL, and served a one-year term from 2016 through 2017 on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.