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Michael G. Cleveland • Shareholder

Vedder Price • Chicago, Illinois

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Vedder Price
222 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
phone 312/609-7500
fax  312/609-5005


Michael G. Cleveland has practiced labor and employment law since joining Vedder Price in 1974. He concentrates his practice in employment litigation and has successfully litigated a wide variety of employment cases in the state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration, including equal employment, ERISA, FLSA and wrongful discharge cases. He has defended employers in all phases of class action litigation, including trials of race discrimination and age discrimination class action cases which resulted in complete verdicts for the employer defendants. Mr. Cleveland represents employers in matters before administrative agencies and advises employers on employment issues and policies and on matters relating to employment agreements.

Mr. Cleveland has lectured extensively on employment law issues. He has also authored a number of articles on employment-related subjects. Mr. Cleveland has served as the Practice Area Leader for the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group and as a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.


  • College: B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, 1971
  • Law School: J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1974

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1974
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1974
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1988
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2003
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