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Michael R. Cedillos

Michael R. Cedillos focuses her practice on a variety of financial services industry litigation, as well as general commercial litigation. She regularly defends class and individual matters involving checks, wires, electronic funds transfers, negotiable instruments, consumer credit cards, and loan participations in both federal court and in arbitration. She also represents broker-dealers and their management in arbitration and in responding to regulatory investigations and inquiries. As part of her national practice in state and federal courts, Michael also represents developers and lenders in real estate and real estate financing litigation.

Concentrations

  • Financial services litigation and arbitration
  • Broker-dealer arbitrations and securities litigation
  • Banking, negotiable instruments and bank collection
  • Real estate financing litigation

Capabilities

Experiencia

  • Represented national financial institutions in connection with claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code in connection with check and wire transactions in individual and business banking accounts.
  • Represented national financial institutions in connection with claims arising under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.
  • Represented national credit card companies in connection with claims arising under the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Represented national mortgage lender in suit alleging violation of Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and breach of fiduciary in connection with origination of adjustable rate mortgage. Obtained dismissal with prejudice, affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented financial institution on claims for breach of contract in connection with multimillion-dollar loan participation.
  • Represented primary lender in connection with multimillion-dollar mechanics lien dispute in connection with major condominium conversion in Chicago, IL.
  • Represented construction lender in connection with dispute between the borrower’s partners.
  • Represented insurance producer in suit involving life insurance products used to fund tax-advantaged benefit plans. Obtained dismissal with prejudice, which was not appealed.
  • Represented insurance producer in connection with California state court suit seeking over $20 million in damages for claims of breach of fiduciary duty and deceptive practices arising out of sale of life insurance. Obtained tentative ruling dismissing all claims against prior to settlement.
  • Represented national broker-dealer before FINRA in connection with various cases asserting claims for unsuitability, negligent supervision, fraud ,and fiduciary duty claims arising out of purchase or sale of investment products.
  • Represented national broker-dealer before FINRA in connection with wrongful termination suit brought by former broker. Obtained dismissal with prejudice.
  • Represented individual brokers in connection with FINRA expungement requests. Successfully obtained expungements.
  • Represented national broker-dealer in court defending claims arising under the Uniform Commercial Code in connection with Ponzi-style scheme.
  • Represented national broker-dealers and registered investment advisors in connection with responding to inquiries and examinations from regulators, including FINRA and the SEC.
  • Represented a publicly-traded company in securities class action litigation, SEC proceedings, and bankruptcy proceedings arising out of certain discrepancies and issues identified by auditor as relating to the company and its subsidiaries’ financial records.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2017-2018
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
  • Recipient, "Corporate Advocate Award," Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Young Professionals Board, December 2015
  • Recipient, "YPB Corporate Ambassador Award," Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Young Professionals Board, December 2014
  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award, "Insolvency Deal of the Year – Middle Markets," for the Chapter 11 restructuring of ShengdaTech, Inc., 2013
  • Appointed, Associate Judge, American Bar Association's Awards and Subgrants Team, 2010-2011
  • Appointed, Touch 10,000 Ambassador, American Bar Association, 2010
  • Board Member, Interfaith Family, 2013-Present
  • Board Member, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Young Professionals Board, 2012-Present
  • Member, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Young Leadership Cabinet, 2012-2018
  • Vice-Chair, Chicago Bar Association, Young Leadership Section, Executive Council, Diversity Committee, 2014-2015
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Hispanic Bar Association

Credentials

Educación
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2008
    • Executive Editor, First Impressions, Michigan Law Review’s online symposium forum, Volume 106
    • Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review, Volume 105
    • Raymond K. and John R. Dykema Scholarship Award
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • B.A., Rhetoric, with distinction, University of California at Berkeley, 2003
Clerkships
  • Hon. Noël Anketell Kramer, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2008-2009
Con licencia para ejercer en
  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Idiomas
  • Spanish