Mike Conway, an experienced commercial litigator, has handled dozens of trials and arbitrations, encompassing a variety of industries and substantive areas. Much of his work has been for financial services firms, including national and regional banks, brokerage firms, hedge funds, and trading firms. He has represented financial institutions in litigation flowing from the credit crisis, including litigation concerning mortgage-backed securities and mortgage put-back litigation. Mike also has defended financial services firms in class action litigation involving consumer lending and protection statutes, as well as in individual claims alleging fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and contract claims.
Mike has extensive experience representing private equity firms, including more than a dozen significant post-closing disputes involving contract, tort, and statutory claims. In addition, he has represented private equity firms in matters relating to representation and warranty insurance policies, including policy negotiation and coverage disputes. Mike also has represented private equity firms in disputes with co-investors, partners, and third-party advisors.
Mike has tried and arbitrated cases across the country for a variety of clients in other industries. He has represented large privately held and family-owned companies in trials and injunctive proceedings alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and minority oppression. He was involved in two successful antitrust trials and appeals regarding restriction on the telecasts of NBA games. Mike has represented many clients in litigation and emergency hearings involving the enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants and trade secrets and won an arbitration in a nationally publicized retaliatory discharge case involving the U.S. Women's soccer team.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented several regional and national banks in mortgage put-back litigation and financial institutions in lawsuits involving the sale of mortgage-backed securities.
Represented a private equity firm in fraud and breach of representation and warranty litigation relating to a client’s purchase of a manufacturing business. Case settled after victory on a dispositive motion.
Defended several class actions for clients including financial institutions and consumer products corporations. Substantive claims included purported violations of consumer lending and protection statutes and common law theories. Results in these cases have included denials of class certification as well as victories on summary judgment and motions to dismiss.
Lead defense counsel for a bank in litigation alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with misappropriation of funds by a customer’s accountant.
Lead trial counsel representing a private equity firm in an arbitration concerning coverage under a representation and warranty policy.
Counsel for electronics manufacturer in defense of litigation filed by state attorney general alleging global price fixing conspiracy.
Trial victory in derivative litigation filed against the officers and directors of a closely-held business by minority shareholders.
Lead counsel defending a private equity firm in breach of contract litigation following the sale of a portfolio company.
Lead counsel representing a consumer products company in arbitration involving the alleged breach of a $1.6 billion supply agreement.
Represented television station in two antitrust trials against a professional sports league stemming from the league’s efforts to block the station from telecasting games.
Lead counsel in an arbitration victory in a nationally publicized retaliatory discharge case involving the U.S. women’s soccer team.
- The University of Chicago (J.D. cum laude 1989; University of Chicago Law Review); University of Illinois (A.B. cum laude with high distinction 1986; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Illinois; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar) and Eastern District of Michigan; and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits
The Best Lawyers in America (commercial litigation and securities litigation)
Illinois Leading Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyers
Chicago Leading Lawyers (commercial litigation, class action, arts, entertainment & sports law)
- Law Clerk to Judge Marvin Aspen, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1989-1990)