Meet Our Team



Michael H King
Of Counsel

Tel 312.384.0500
Direct 312.668.7057
mking@ssbpartners.com

About

Mike King is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 45 years of first chair responsibility in significant trials, appeals, hearings, and investigations. He has tried civil and white-collar criminal cases and handled hearings and proceedings in federal and state courts across the country and overseas. He has developed and implemented strategies in complex commercial matters involving class actions, MDL proceedings relating to antitrust, environmental and personal injury/product liability claims, mass torts, and bankruptcy proceedings, among others. Mike has served on multiple steering committees in antitrust and mass tort multi-district litigation and class actions and argued multiple cases in the state and federal appeals courts, including the Supreme Court of Illinois.

As a former federal prosecutor, Mike has a deep background in grand jury and regulatory investigations. He has represented corporations and executives facing government-related investigations, grand jury proceedings and companion civil litigation across the United States as well as in China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong and Canada. He has represented Fortune 100 companies faced with raids, seizures, and investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, State Department, Health and Human Services, Department of Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office. Mike has also been engaged to represent corporate audit committees and boards of directors.

Accolades

Mike began his career in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice’s organized crime and racketeering section (Chicago Strike Force) and later served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. In private practice, Mike served as Chairman of the Executive Committee at Ross & Hardies, a member of the Board of Partners at McGuireWoods LLP, and as managing partner of the Chicago office of Dewey & LeBouef LLP. Most recently, Mike was a partner at Locke Lord LLP.

Mike graduated from the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was awarded an Honor Scholarship. While in law school, Mike was a member of the Honor Council and an editor of the Urban Law Annual. Mike also earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. While an undergraduate, Mike was elected President of his fraternity and awarded the I.E. Goldberg ring as national outstanding undergraduate.

In addition, Mike has written, lectured, and spoken on various legal topics for a range of audiences, including BP plc’s Law Department, Eaton Corporation’s Law Department, McGeorge Law School (Salzburg, Austria), Akron University Law School, and the M5 group of leading UK Law Firms retreat (Cambridge, UK).

Mike has also served on a number of charitable and civic boards, including, among others, the Chicago Youth Centers, Goodman Theatre Chicago, Mid-America Club, The Cove School, and the Admissions Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago.

King is ranked as a Leading Lawyer and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer in business litigation and white-collar criminal litigation for almost 20 consecutive years and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Qualifications

Education
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D. 1970
Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. 1967

Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of the United States
Illinois Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second District
United States Court of Appeals for the Third District
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth District
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Tax Court
Trial Bar United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Representative Matters

Represented corporations and individuals facing government-related investigations involving FCPA and UK Bribery Act/Serious Fraud Office; antitrust and major toxic episodes, including environmental grand jury proceedings, mass torts, OSHA investigations; Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Defense and other regulatory and criminal investigations and companion civil litigation.

Represented Fortune 100 companies and individuals faced with raids, seizures and investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Departments of Defense, State Department, Health and Human Services, Office of the Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Managed litigation involving questionable employee conduct around the world, whistleblower issues and other employment-related litigation.

Handled class actions involving antitrust, securities, mass torts, theft of intellectual property, and patent infringement claims as well as employee raids, age discrimination and plant closings, including wrongful discharge cases in various states (Florida, Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio, among others).

Led litigation and tried cases involving significant bank and trust interpretation issues, real estate and construction, including insurance-related issues arising from construction disputes, wrongful discharge, product liability and criminal cases.

Participated in significant bankruptcy proceedings in New York, Florida, Illinois and other jurisdictions.