Overview

Michael Kerr is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex commercial disputes. His extensive trial experience includes jury and bench trials as well as arbitrations. The subject matters of these trials and arbitrations have been quite varied, and have included disputes about petroleum pipelines, easement rights, fair market rental value, sales of securities, hedge funds, corporate control, contract interpretation, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of corporate funds, finder's fees, defective computer components and apartment building construction. He also has extensive experience in cases involving negligent performance of professional duties, fraud, unfair competition, antitrust, sales of pipelines, pipeline construction projects, rights of first refusal, class actions, and misappropriation of trade secrets. A recent successful arbitration also involved numerous federal False Claims Act issues. In addition, while he primarily practices at the trial court level, he has worked on numerous appeals, including both briefing and argument.

Michael also handles international corporate litigation. His experience includes letters of credit, licensing and distributorship agreements, and international antitrust investigations.

Spoken Languages

  • English

Education

The University of Chicago Law School, JD

The University of Chicago, AM

Boston College, AB, summa cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois

Court

  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Southern District of California
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Memberships

  • Jonathan Club
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Chair, Board of Governors - Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America