MICHAEL C. ANDOLINA is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, and a Deputy Group Head of the Chicago Litigation group. Mike focuses his practice on working with clients to manage crises and defend and resolve complex multi-party and multi-jurisdiction matters. He has significant experience conducting internal corporate investigations and handling government enforcement matters. Mike also handles a diverse range of civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate level in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on consumer fraud class action, white collar and restructuring litigation.
In June 2019, Mike was named by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable Gen X Leader in Law. Mike was also recognized in February 2018 with the International Law Office’s “2018 Client Choice Award,” which honors partners and law firms worldwide that provide “excellent client care” and are nominated only by corporate counsel. Since 2005, this award has been presented to those who demonstrate a unique ability to provide quality service, contributing value to their clients’ businesses.
Mike has extensive experience advising clients in connection with mass tort and other crisis management situations, including coordinating and conducting investigations, engaging with regulators and law enforcement, developing litigation strategy, and defending clients through all stages of litigation. Most recently, he has represented Honda in numerous capacities in connection with the Takata airbag recalls, the largest vehicle recall in history. Mike represents Honda in multidistrict litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, In re Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation, where plaintiffs allege both economic product defect and personal injury claims against numerous automobile manufacturer defendants and Takata within a single proceeding. Mike also represents Honda in Takata’s worldwide restructuring proceedings, which have been described by industry experts as the most complex multinational proceedings in history.
Internal Investigation Experience
Mike has extensive experience assisting clients with investigating allegations of wrongdoing, and conducting confidential internal investigations intended to provide the client with information relevant to the discharge of its duties. He has conducted internal investigations, in both the United States and abroad, on behalf of public and private corporations in a wide range of industries, including the airline, consumer goods, insurance, manufacturing, medical device, pharmaceutical and professional services industries.
Mike has led investigations concerning a diverse range of alleged misconduct, including investigations relating to potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and investigations relating to allegations of malfeasance by senior executives of public companies. He has also handled enforcement matters, representing clients in civil and criminal investigations by federal and state governments. Mike has advised boards of directors on all aspects of internal investigations, including on issues relating to scoping and timing of investigations, privilege issues, related litigation, and employee discipline and termination.
Mike also has experience assisting clients in the development of FCPA policies, and has counseled and trained clients on those policies, on FCPA enforcement generally, and on other ethics and investigations issues.
Class Action Litigation
Mike has handled putative class action lawsuits for a range of clients, including clients in the automotive, consumer goods, insurance, financial services and publishing industries. He has extensive experience at all stages of class litigation, including arguing dispositive motions, handling all facets of discovery (including international discovery issues), preparing and cross-examining class and merits experts, briefing and arguing motions for class certification, and interlocutory appeals under Federal Rule 23(f).
Mike has assisted clients in winning complete dismissal of putative nationwide class action complaints in cases involving allegations of defective paint used on vehicles (Nguyen v. American Honda Motor Co. (C.D. Cal.) and Matthews v. American Honda Motor Co. (S.D. Fla.)) and defective air conditioning systems on vehicles (Schexnaydre v. American Honda Motor Co. (E.D. La.). He has also recently assisted several clients in defeating class certification in several cases:
- Cowden et al. v. Parker & Associates, Inc. et al., E.D. KY, certification denied on May 22, 2013. In a class action involving the sale of Medicare Advantage Plans, the district court denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, agreeing with Mike’s clients that plaintiffs failed to meet the predominance and superiority requirements of Rule 23(b).
- Jamison v. First Credit Services, Inc., 290 F.R.D. 92 (N.D. Ill. 2013), reconsideration denied, 2013 WL 3872171 (N.D. Ill. July 29, 2013). In a class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the district court agreed with Mike’s client’s arguments and denied plaintiff’s motion for class certification, providing useful precedent for other defendants in similar cases.
- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. v. Allen, 600 F.3d 813 (7th Cir. 2010). As a matter of first impression in the Seventh Circuit, the court held that the district court’s Daubert analysis was inadequate, that plaintiff’s expert was unreliable, and that plaintiffs could not establish Rule 23(b)(3) predominance.
- Doiron v. Conseco, M.D. La., decertification granted on April 7, 2009. In a case involving medical insurance policies, the firm was hired subsequent to the entry of class certification. Mike’s client subsequently won decertification.
Other Litigation and Trial Experience
Mike has prosecuted and defended numerous white collar litigation matters, including matters involving claims under the civil RICO statute. He has prosecuted civil cases on behalf of institutional clients seeking redress for having been victimized by fraud, including several cases brought by institutional clients against former employees.
Mike has also represented clients in a variety of other contexts, including trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets, securities fraud and education law. He has experience handling cases involving injunctions, temporary restraining orders, and other emergency matters. Mike has trial experience in both federal and state courts.
Pro Bono Practice and Firm Leadership
Mike has an active pro bono practice, which includes the representation of indigent parties in both federal and state court. As part of the firm’s Capital Litigation Project, he currently represents an Alabama death row inmate. Mike serves as the Deputy Group Head of the Chicago Litigation group.
Mike also proudly serves on the boards of Leadership Greater Chicago and Special Olympics Chicago.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - Trial Bar
- U.S. District Court, S.D. of Illinois
- The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1999
- Georgetown University, A.B., 1995 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)