Michael J. Lohnes is a litigator whom clients describe as "talented and persuasive" as well as "detailed and aggressive in his approach." Mike helps clients find the most effective and cost efficient way to accomplish their goals. He focuses his practice on disputes related to the financial services industry, state and federal securities laws, regulatory and internal investigations, white collar defense and anti-fraud counseling. Mike has represented numerous clients in enforcement proceedings and investigations before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other regulatory bodies. He has successfully represented a broad range of clients in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and has vast experience litigating the full spectrum of securities class action and derivative lawsuits, including those involving allegations of fraud, misleading proxy statements and short-swing trading. Mike has also successfully defended multiple publicly traded companies and their officers and directors in actions asserting state law claims in the merger and say-on-pay contexts. In addition, he practices extensively in complex commercial disputes, including those involving insurance fraud and consumer finance. As a result of his work, Mike was recently recognized as one of the top 40 attorneys in Chicago under 40 by the National Law Journal.
Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as a law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, DC. He also previously served as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the Legal Aid Bureau in Chicago.
Mike is an active participant in Katten's partnership with the Chicago public school, Jose de Diego Community Academy, called "Lawyers in the Classroom" and serves as a mentor through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Shown below is a selection of Michael’s engagements.