About Michael Tomlinson


Michael P. Tomlinson is a shareholder at Tomlinson Law Office.  He began his legal career at a large national law firm, where he represented clients involved in various types of complex business litigation.  At Tomlinson Law Office, Mr. Tomlinson continues to represent clients in complex litigation, including in the following types of disputes:

  • Restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation, etc.)
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Ownership Disputes
  • Securities and commodities litigation
  • Securities and commodities enforcement actions
  • Appeals (federal and state)
  • Employment law
  • Statutory fraud (e.g., the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act)
  • Class action defense
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Products liability
  • General contract and tort law
  • Qui tam actions
  • White collar crime

Mr. Tomlinson also provides business counseling and other non-litigation legal services to clients, including the following:

Mr. Tomlinson also has experience in conducting internal investigations on behalf of both securities and health care clients.

Mr. Tomlinson recently worked on a successful federal appeal in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a $2.7 million judgment against the firm’s clients.  (August 2015)

Mr. Tomlinson has also been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars Edition 2015 as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Illinois for 2015. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.  This is the fourth consecutive year he has been selected to receive this honor.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Mr. Tomlinson is a member of the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois.


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, May 2003
    Juris Doctor with High Honors
    Order of the Coif
    Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, May 1999
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Industrial Distribution Management)

Mr. Tomlinson is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

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