Michael A. Pope is a trial lawyer who provides legal counsel on matters related to product liability, consumer fraud and complex business litigation.

Michael has tried complex jury cases to verdict around the country for almost 40 years. He has recently represented numerous Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action in Chicago, and Syngenta Crop Protection in two class actions filed in Central Illinois. He has also represented McDonald’s in a multi-district litigation (MDL) action involving the marketing of its French fries, as well as Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil and State Farm in commercial class actions in Illinois.

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  • Obtained a complete dismissal of all Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) claims and defeated plaintiffs’ motion to certify an ERISA class action on behalf of 11 healthcare plans in a putative nationwide class action alleging violations of RICO and ERISA in connection with the plans’ efforts to recover fees erroneously paid to providers for medical services rendered to subscribers
  • Secured a jury verdict in favor of Leprino Foods Company in Federal Court in Denver, Colorado, in an insurance coverage dispute with Factory Mutual Insurance Company over an All Risk property policy in which the insurer had denied Leprino’s claim after approximately eight million pounds of its cheese was damaged in storage; at trial, the jury found the loss to be covered under the insurance policy and awarded a verdict that, with interest, resulted in a return to Leprino of approximately $25 million—the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the jury verdict

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  • Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance, Commercial Litigation 2016
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
  • Chambers USA 2003 to 2019
  • Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences 2021

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  • American Bar Association
  • American Law Institute
  • Chicago Bar Association

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Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1969
Loyola University Chicago, BS, 1966

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

Michael A. Pope, PC

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