Michael Legg's practice focuses on class actions, regulatory proceedings, and complex commercial disputes. He is also a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches civil procedure, class action, regulatory litigation, and white collar crime courses.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Michael worked at leading Australian and U.S. law firms where he represented an airline in multi-respondent Federal Court of Australia class actions brought by travel agents based on allegations of misleading conduct and breach of contract; represented a bank and a financial services company in Federal Court of Australia class actions brought by investors in financial products; acted in the successful defense of a Fortune 500 company facing novel class actions in the U.S. state courts of West Virginia and Texas; acted for one of the Big 4 audit firms in auditor liability litigation and class actions in the federal courts of New York and California; advised institutional investors on participating in shareholder class actions and litigation funding arrangements; advised on compliance with the Australian Corporations Act including directors' duties, continuous disclosure, accounting, and auditing requirements; represented clients in Australian Securities and Investment Commission investigations; and defended cartel proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Michael has written extensively on litigation and dispute resolution, including Case Management and Complex Civil Litigation (2011) and as coauthor of Australian Annotated Class Actions Legislation (2d ed. 2018). He is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Class Actions Committee.
Australia's Full Federal Court Affirms That Judicial Impartiality Overrides Case Management Considerations
Slowing the Growth of Shareholder Class Actions? Australia Announces Permanent Changes to Continuous Disclosure Laws
- University of California, Berkeley (LL.M. 2001); University of New South Wales (Master of Commerce Hons. 1996; LL.B. 1996; Bachelor of Commerce Hons. 1993)
- New South Wales, Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia, New York, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York