Michael D. Leffel is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Leffel's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, including class actions. Mr. Leffel is the vice chair of the firm’s Consumer Law, Finance & Class Action Practice. He is a member of the firm's Appellate, Consumer Financial Services, and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices.
Mr. Leffel has represented clients, including many Fortune 100 companies, in more than 200 class actions. The cases involved various state consumer protection statutes, the federal securities and antitrust acts, the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Truth-In-Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Real Estate Settlement Practices Act, and product liability claims, among other issues.
Mr. Leffel has served as counsel for clients in fifteen cases before the United States Supreme Court, and has represented parties in numerous cases before courts of appeals at both the state and federal level. He also has represented clients before various regulatory agencies and in congressional investigations.
Prior to joining Foley & Lardner, Mr. Leffel worked for Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on commercial litigation and where he was awarded the John H. Pickering award for his commitment to pro bono representation.
Mr. Leffel is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997). He served as the managing editor of the Michigan Law Review and authored, "A More Sensible Approach to Regulating Independent Expenditures: Defending the Constitutionality of the FEC’s New Express Advocacy Standard." After graduation from law school, Mr. Leffel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has lectured on class actions, the enforceability of arbitration clauses, the constitutional implications of academic freedom, and the constitutionality of student fees.
Mr. Leffel is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, District of Columbia Circuits, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is also admitted in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, the Northern District of Ohio, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois.
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