Michael Sheehan is an experienced trial attorney and litigator. Michael joined Shefsky & Froelich in 1999 after practicing several years in the private sector and in the City of Chicago’s Department of Law.
Michael’s litigation practice emphasizes complex civil litigation, with a particular focus in the areas of commercial, employment, eminent domain, civil rights and general torts law. Michael has tried numerous cases to judgment in both federal and state court, including the widely-publicized Ryan Harris civil rights trial. Michael also has experience litigating in the appellate courts.
Michael was named to the list of Illinois Rising Stars (recognizing the state’s top young lawyers) for 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Michael is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and is a co-chairman of the Eminent Domain practice group.
JD, 1996, DePaul University College of Law
- Member, DePaul Law Review
- Recipient, American Jurisprudence Book Award for Torts
BA, 1993, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (also studied at the University College, Dublin, Ireland).
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
City Club of Chicago
Celtic Legal Society of Chicago
- Board of Governors
St. Ignatius Law Society
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
The Chicago Farmer’s Farmland Investment Fair (February 2011)
- Speaker, “Eminent Domain and Condemnation”
Chicago Bar Association program “Basic Skills” (October 2009)
- Speaker, “Taking and Defending Depositions”
Chicago Bar Association program on “Life After Law School” (October 2006, April 2007, and October 2007)
- Speaker, “Drafting Discovery”
“Retaliatory Discharge of In-House Counsel: A Cause of Action–Ethical Obligations v. Fiduciary Duties,” 45 DePaul Law Review 859 (1996).
Represents Fortune 500 waste management company in class action lawsuit stemming from alleged violations of Illinois Self-Service Storage Facility Act.
Represents Fortune 500 electronics company in professional negligence and malpractice action.
Represents the City of Chicago and Village of Bellwood, and has represented the Chicago Park District and Public Building Commission, in various eminent domain matters.
Represents Illinois School District Agency in prosecution of appeal stemming from coverage dispute.
Represented the City of Chicago at trial in the widely publicized multimillion dollar tort action involving the defense of the City and two detectives in connection with the arrests of two minors for the murder of Ryan Harris.
Represented the City of Chicago successfully in a highly publicized civil rights lawsuit involving the City’s defense of its arrest of a minor for murder.
Represented employee-owned corporation in federal ERISA lawsuit stemming from ESOP transaction involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions.
Represented an individual in breach of finder’s fee agreement lawsuit and related federal lawsuit involving Electronic Communications Privacy Act and related claims.
Defeated a temporary restraining order in a breach of fiduciary duty and trade secret action by an employee against four former employees.