Michael G. Cleveland has practiced labor and employment law since joining Vedder Price P.C. in 1974. He concentrates his practice in employment litigation and has successfully litigated a wide variety of employment cases in the state and federal courts, including equal employment, ERISA, FLSA and wrongful discharge cases. He has defended employers in all phases of class action litigation, including trials of race discrimination and age discrimination class action cases which resulted in complete verdicts for the employer defendants.
Mr. Cleveland represents employers in matters before administrative agencies and advises employers on employment issues and policies and on matters relating to employment agreements.
Mr. Cleveland has lectured extensively on employment law issues. He has also authored a number of articles on employmentrelated issues. Mr. Cleveland has served as the Practice Area Leader for the fi rm’s Labor and Employment Law group and as a member of the fi rm’s Management and Executive Committees. He is currently the fi rm’s Professional Responsibility Counsel.
In 2011, Mr. Cleveland was ranked in Chambers USA in the Illinois Labor and Employment category. Mr. Cleveland was selected for inclusion from 2009 to 2011 in Illinois Super Lawyers. In addition, he received an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell.
- J.D., University of Chicago, 1974
- B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, 1971