Robert Michaels

Robert Michaels

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Goldstein & McClintock LLLP
 | 111 W Washington St, Suite 1221
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-337-7700
Fax: 312-277-2301
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Rob Michaels is an experienced business litigator at one of Chicago's leading boutique firms, representing individual, corporate and governmental clients in mediation, arbitration, trials and appeals. Creative, rigorous, responsive and practical, Rob has successfully handled numerous complex, challenging matters, delivering value and results. In addition to defending clients, Rob frequently represents them as plaintiffs, formulating and prosecuting claims for companies that have been wronged by their employees, vendors, customers or others, as well as on behalf of receivers and trustees of insolvent entities.  Rob also has a history of community involvement, spending more than five years as a litigator and project director at a prominent non-profit and presently volunteering at a direct-service legal aid organization. 

About Robert Michaels

Admitted: 1991, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Duke Law Journal, Note Editor, 1989
  • Order of the Coif, Duke University School of Law, 1989

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member - Turnaround Management Association; Member - American Constitution Society; Member and Chair of Amicus Committee- National Association of Federal Equity Receivers; Faculty Member - Financial Poise

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Active Transporation Alliance - Advisory Board Member , 2015
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid - Volunteer Attorney, 2015
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest - Staff Attorney and Transportation/Land Use Project Director , 1993


  • Rush University Medical Center v. Draeger, Inc. No. 17 C 6043, 2017 WL 5505021 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 16, 2017) (defeated motion to dismiss fraud and breach of contract claim brought on behalf of hospital system; case subsequently settled); Domanus v. Lewicki, No. 08-4922, Slip. Op. (N.D. Ill. May 30, 2013) (obtained $413 million judgment in complex RICO case); 742 F.3d 290 (7th Cir. 2014) (same case; affirming judgment); 288 F.R.D. 416 (same case; won default judgmnet discovery sanction for defendants' severe litigation misconduct); 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51941 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 13, 2012) (same case; obtained TRO and preliminary injunction); 779 F. Supp. 2d 739 (N.D. Ill. 2011) (same case; defeated nine motions to dismiss); Confidential (2012) (defeated motions to dismiss claims against former officers/directors of failed financial institution; favorably settled); Confidential (2010) (favorably settled highly contentious litigation for software developer against former customer); AmSouth Bank v. Dale, 386 F.3d 783 (6th Cir. 2004) (obtained dismissal of improper declaratory judgment action brought by large banks against insurance company receivers); Sylvester v. SOS Children's Villages Illinois, 453 F.3d 900 (2006) (obtained reversal of grant of summary judgment for plaintiff in employment discrimination case); Sierra Club v. US DOT, 962 F. Supp. 1037 (N.D. Ill. 1996) (obtained summary judgment to halt highway expansion under National Environmental Policy Act)

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Residential College, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1986

Industry Groups

  • Fraud
  • Professional Liability
  • Receivership
  • RICO
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Office Location for Robert Michaels

111 W Washington St
Suite 1221
Chicago, IL 60602

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Last Updated: 12/7/2018

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