Michele Odorizzi is described as “…'incredibly talented'…'She is among the best brief writers I have ever seen'…”. She is “absolutely brilliant”…“a superb brief writer and oral advocate.”
Chambers USA 2006, 2016

概述

Michele Odorizzi is a member of the Litigation group and Supreme Court & Appellate practice in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. Ranked as one of the leading litigators in Illinois by Chambers USA since 2004, she concentrates primarily on appellate litigation and brief-writing at the trial court level. Chambers USA notes that Michele is “[p]raised for her ‘encyclopedic knowledge of corporate-related litigation’” and “best known as an excellent appellate lawyer.” However, it also notes that Michele's “‘thoughtful approach and superb judgment’ allow her to navigate many types of troubled waters.” She was also recently listed in Benchmark Litigation’s 2016 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list, which highlights the nation’s leading women who participate in the “most impactful litigation matters in recent history[.]”

Over her more than thirty years at Mayer Brown, Michele has argued more than 70 appeals and filed hundreds of briefs in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country on a wide variety of issues. Much of Michele's work has focused on securities litigation, accountants' liability, shareholder derivative litigation and fiduciary duty issues in cases involving acquisitions of public companies.  She has also concentrated on class action issues, particularly in the consumer class action area, working not only on class certification issues at the trial level, but also interlocutory appeals of class certification decisions and appeals from three of the largest class action judgments ever rendered in Illinois, or any other state. Michele also focuses on constitutional litigation.

After graduating with honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 1976, Michele clerked for the Honorable Philip W. Tone, on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She joined Mayer Brown in 1977, leaving in 1979 to clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court and then returning permanently in 1980.

语言能力

  • 英语

教育背景

The University of Chicago Law School, JD, cum laude

Order of the CoifArticles Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

Northwestern University, 学士

Phi Beta Kappa

执业资格

  • 伊利诺伊州

出庭资格

  • 美国最高法院
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • 美国第三巡回上诉法院
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • 美国第九巡回上诉法院
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

"...'incredibly talented'...'She is among the best brief writers I have ever seen'..." - Chambers USA 2006

"...'absolutely brilliant'...a superb brief writer and oral advocate'..." - Chambers USA 2016

  • Named as a “Local Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation 2016 for Illinois/Appellate and Illinois/Securities.
  • Named first on Leading Lawyers’ 2015 list of “Top Ten Women Civil Appellate lawyers in Illinois”; also ranked as one of the “Top Ten Women Business Lawyers in Illinois”
  • Named as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark in June 2016