Michael J. Sheehan - Employment Litigation - McDermott Will & Emery


Michael J. Sheehan concentrates his practice on employment litigation with a focus on prosecuting and defending unfair competition litigation involving large scale raiding, inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and noncompete agreements. A nationally recognized litigator, Michael has extensive courtroom experience, having tried dozens of cases to verdict across the United States. He has acted as lead counsel and successfully defended private and public companies against age, gender, race, retaliation, sexual harassment, and trade secret and raiding cases. He has also litigated numerous large scale wage and hour class actions in state and federal court.

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  • Chambers USA, Illinois Labor & Employment, 2012-2020 and 2023-2024
  • The Legal 500 US 2020, 2023 and 2024
  • American Lawyer Media, Top Lawyers in Illinois
  • Super Lawyers Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Chicago, IL, 2005 and 2012-2019
  • Chicago Magazine, Top Attorneys in Illinois, 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation: Labor & Employment Star, 2020


  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow
  • American Bar Association, member
  • New York State Bar Association, member
  • Wake Forest University, Law Board of Visitors


Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, 1984
Hillsdale College, BA, cum laude, 1981

New York

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