About Michael Tomlinson


Michael P. Tomlinson is a shareholder at Tomlinson & Shapiro.  Prior to founding Tomlinson & Shapiro, he was a shareholder at Tomlinson Law Office, P.C., which he founded in 2010.  He began his legal career at a large national law firm, where he represented clients involved in various types of complex business litigation.  At Tomlinson & Shapiro, Mr. Tomlinson continues to represent clients in complex litigation, including in the following types of disputes:

  • Restrictive covenants(non-competition, non-solicitation, etc.)
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Ownership Disputes
  • Securities and commodities litigation
  • Securities and commodities enforcement actions
  • Appeals (federal and state)
  • Employment law
  • Statutory fraud (e.g., the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act)
  • Class action defense
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Products liability
  • General contract and tort law
  • False Claims Act
  • White collar crime

Mr. Tomlinson also provides business counseling and other non-litigation legal services to clients, including the following:

Mr. Tomlinson also has experience in conducting internal investigations on behalf of both securities and health care clients.

Some of Mr. Tomlinson’s representative engagements include the following:

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a breach of contract case claiming in excess of $1 million in damages brought by a large retailer against the firm’s printing company client. (October 2018)
  • Obtained six-figure judgment for credit card company in breach of contract claim against seller of accounts who later tried to interfere with and take back the accounts sold to the company. (August 2018)
  • Obtained FINRA arbitration award of expungement of a customer allegation from broker-dealer client’s FINRA record. (September 2018)
  • Obtained dismissal of children’s learning facility from Illinois Department of Human Rights investigation with respect to claims by former employee seeking $1 million. (October 2018)
  • Successfully negotiated executive compensation agreement for President of multi-million dollar company. (April 2018)
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal case for company client against employee bringing claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. (November 2017)
  • Obtained preliminary injunction, pre-judgment asset freeze, and judgment of more than $2 million for company client against employee who falsified wire instructions to fraudulently obtain funds from the company’s customers. The case also resulted in a federal criminal investigation and conviction.  (February 2017)
  • Won reversal of a $2.7 million judgment against clients in a case involving claims of negligent misrepresentation by a children’s furniture manufacturer through, among other things, successfully arguing the application of the economic loss doctrine. JMB Mfg. v. Child Craft, LLC, 799 F.3d 780 (7th Cir. 2015)
  • Won summary judgment for client hospital and medical facilities operator against developer that brought claims for breach of contract for lost profits with respect to multi-million dollar medical facility development. The district court also dismissed the developer’s claim for breach of the duty to negotiate in good faith.  The Seventh Circuit affirmed the judgment and dismissal on appeal.  Citadel Grp. v. Wash. Reg’l Med. Ctr., 692 F.3d 580 (7th Cir. 2012)
  • Secured a reversal of order of removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals on behalf of HIV-positive individual facing deportation to Nigeria. Bosede v. Mukasey, 512 F.3d 946 (7th Cir. 2008).
  • Regularly represent waste hauling and other companies in administrative proceedings before the City of Chicago and other municipalities.
  • Outside general counsel to businesses ranging from multi-million dollar companies to startups.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, May 2003
    Juris Doctor with High Honors
    Order of the Coif
    Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, May 1999
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Industrial Distribution Management)

Mr. Tomlinson is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

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