hayes-michael

MICHAEL HAYES

PARTNER

HUSCH BLACKWELL

Over the past 30 years, Mike has litigated a wide range of complex legal issues. He is especially recognized for his experience and results in defending class action lawsuits, having for many years been named as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of class litigation.

Mike represents colleges and universities in many types of cases, including class actions. He successfully defended a law school against class action claims brought by former students concerning disclosure of post-graduation employment statistics. Mike also represents higher education clients in suits brought by faculty members concerning tenure, discharge and medical leave determinations; by students involving suspension, expulsion and other disciplinary issues; and by faculty, staff and students involving assertions of discrimination.

Mike assists product manufacturers in the sporting goods, food and beverage, and other industries in defending class action cases alleging product defect and deceptive advertising brought under state consumer protection statutes and warranty theories. He has represented banks, mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers and finance companies in hundreds of consumer class action lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. Recently, Mike has litigated, and provided compliance counseling about, federal and state privacy statutes, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. He has also represented businesses in employment-related litigation, including class action and collective action cases involving working conditions and wage and hour issues.

Mike also regularly litigates all types of business-to-business and professional–to-professional commercial litigation claims.