Michael M. Mulder

Michael M. Mulder

Partner since 1986
Evanston, Illinois

Michael M. Mulder is the principal of the firm, and was a partner of the predecessor firm, Meites Mulder, since 1986. His practice is focused on complex federal and state court litigation. Over the years, he has conducted jury and bench trials in federal courts nationwide. He has also litigated over fifty appeals and argued before the United States Supreme Court. He is particularly experienced in handling large, complex class actions and multi-plaintiff lawsuits in federal court, including cases involving employment discrimination, pension, and employee benefits. He also has trial experience in securities fraud cases.

He served as co-lead counsel in Neil v. Zell, N.D. Ill., No. 1:08-cv-06833, on behalf of a class of participants in the Tribune Employee Stock Ownership Plan. That case alleged that defendants breached their fiduciary duty to the class and engaged in prohibited transactions. The case was recently resolved in March 2012 through a $32 million settlement. He 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. Prior to that, he served as lead counsel in the Sears Retiree Life Insurance Litigation, which resulted in a multimillion dollar settlement for a class of over 80,000 former Sears executives and employees. He has also negotiated dozens of severance packages for executives and employees of Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he 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


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


  • 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