Michael Dockterman

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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South LaSalle Street 115
Chicago 60603 IL US

Michael Dockterman is a celebrated and versatile trial lawyer who has tried scores of commercial disputes, both civil and criminal, throughout the United States. His litigation and trial experience includes cases arising from contracts, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, government fraud, product liability, real estate, and environmental, along with a variety of amateur sports disputes.

In addition to litigation in jurisdictions throughout the United States, he has led multinational litigation over matters pending simultaneously in courts around the world, including The Hague, London, Stockholm, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Along with his extensive trial work, he counsels boards of directors on a wide range of corporate governance matters, including fulfillment of obligations overseeing compliance and government investigations.

His success in the courtroom has been recognized by The National Law Journal, which named him one of its “Top 10 Winning Litigators in the US” and a “Trailblazer in Litigation,” and by Law360, which called him one of 50 “Trial Aces” in the United States.

Michael’s counsel to corporations and boards of directors involves matters of corporate governance and compliance. He has experience in CEO evaluation, board self-assessment, committee function and structure, and facilitating strategic planning within the roles appropriate to management and board members.

Working with audit committees, corporate governance committees, and special committees of independent directors in such high-profile matters as Archer Daniels Midland Company, Eaton Corporation, DaVita Healthcare, and Exide Corporation, Michael has guided clients through disputes with institutional investors in both cooperative and adversarial contexts, and has litigated a wide range of corporate governance issues in derivative litigation.

Michael has represented management, special litigation committees, board members, outside auditors, and others in a broad variety of related securities and governance litigation.

Michael also guides clients through investigations by federal, state, and local authorities. He has led corporate responses to investigations by federal and state agencies, and conducted internal investigations for corporate clients involving subjects as diverse as defense contracting, antitrust, accounting, executive misconduct, securities, corporate theft, healthcare, environmental, and other regulatory matters, and acted as special counsel to the Bankruptcy Court investigating and then pursuing assets wasted by those responsible for their administration.

He also has represented professionals before their responsible self-regulatory and disciplinary bodies.


  • J.D., Duke University, 1978
  • B.A., Yale University, 1975


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