Michael S. Mayer
Michael counsels companies and litigates a variety of business and commercial cases. He has broad experience in arbitration, state court, and federal court actions by representing clients in a wide array of disputes, including contract, tortious interference, trustee or executor duties, fiduciary duty, negligence, real property, non-competition agreement, employment discrimination, wage act, spoliation of evidence, trade secret, reinsurance, fraud, and other business litigation claims.
Business and Commercial Disputes
Breach of Contract
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Intellectual Property Disputes
Class Action Defense
Executor and Trustee Disputes
Breach of Trust
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Removal of Fiduciary Accounting
Supreme Court of Ohio
Supreme Court of Illinois
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2018 Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award Winner
2011 Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
2003 Global Citizenship BBA Community Service Award from the Dean’s Counsel of the University of Michigan Business School (now the Ross School of Business)
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association – Dayton Chapter
Ohio State Bar Association
CLE Content Advisory Committee, Ohio State Bar Association
Dayton Bar Association
Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court
Chairperson of the CLE Subcommittee for the Litigation Section, Ohio State Bar Association
DePaul University College of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Business Editor for the DePaul Journal of Sports
Law and Contemporary Problems
Multiple CALI awards
University of Michigan
Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA), with high distinction
Brigid’s Path, Board of Directors (2015–present)
St. Remy Parish, Volunteer (2012–present)
Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer (2015)
Dayton Bar Association, Bar Briefs magazine
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Civil Litigation Flash Point Series
Jablonski v. Ford Motor Co.: Attempting To Clarify The ‘Duty’ Analysis In A Negligent-Product-Design Case (December 2011).
Coleman v. Akpakpan: Adverse Consequences of Failure to Comply with Court Orders and Rules & Janowiak v. Tiesi: Retrospective Operations of Contracts (August 2010).
Doe v. Diocese of Dallas: Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms That the Legislature Cannot Bring Time-Barred Claims Back From the Dead (October 2009).
Business and Commercial Litigation Handbook chapter regarding “Document Production and Organization,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2007) (co-author), as well as the Supplement to the chapter (2009) (co-author).
3 DePaul J. Sports L. & Contemp. Probs. 54 (Summer 2005) Stepping In To Step Out Of
Liability: The Proper Standard Of Liability For Referees In Foreseeable Judgment-Cal Situations.
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (May 2010) (contributor) Caught in the Crossfire: The (Supposedly) Innocent Attorneys Who Represent Accused Fraudsters.
Speaker, Ohio State Bar Association, “Litigation Skills — Alternative Dispute Resolution and Settlement” (September 2016)
Speaker, Dayton Bar Association, “Federal Practice Update — Corporate Representative Depositions” (December 2016)
The Licensing Journal, The Ohio State University v. CafePress, Inc.: Colleges Continue Trend of Aggressively Protecting Trademarks (Vol. 37 No. 2, February 2017)
Moderator, Ohio State Bar Association, “Making Effective Closing Arguments” (August 2018)