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Michelle Parthum

Michelle Parthum’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appeals.  She represents clients before the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and other federal and state courts.  Her practice includes business and securities litigation.

Prior to joining MoloLamken, Ms. Parthum was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Representative Matters

  • A foreign sovereign opposing attachment under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
  • A taxi medallion financing company in litigation against lender of $80 million credit facility
  • A multinational corporate debtor in a cross-border bankruptcy trial
  • A global financial institution in a residential mortgage-backed securities “putback” suit against sponsor of securitization
  • A financial institution in defending a securities class action
  • The former CFO of an investment bank in defending a securities class action
  • A global financial institution in defending Madoff-related civil and class actions
  • A financial institution in defending allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract
  • A financial institution in defending allegations of antitrust violations
  • Internal and regulatory investigations involving the Department of Justice, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Securities and Exchange Commission

Publications

News & Appearances

  • Toss Taxpayer’s Overbilling Suit for Good, Blue Cross Urges, Law360 (Apr. 18, 2019)
  • Hamas Victims Can’t Seize Artifacts, Supreme Court Rules, Law360 (Feb. 21, 2018)
  • Capital One Says $57M Loan Guarantee Is Enforceable, Law360 (Jan. 17, 2017)
  • High Court Revives ING MBS Suit in Light of Omnicare, Law360 (Mar. 30, 2015)
  • 2nd Circ. Won’t Revive Subprime Class Action Against ING, Law360 (Nov. 22, 2013)
  • Fiduciary Duty to IPO Clients Hangs by Thread in NY Appeal, Law360 (May 24, 2013)

Clerkships

  • Law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Prado, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Honors & Awards

Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020

Education

Washington University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude

Order of the Coif

Articles Editor, Washington University Law Review

Milton F. Napier Award for Trial Advocacy

National Quarterfinalist, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

National Quarterfinalist, American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition

University of Pennsylvania, M.S.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., with Comprehensive Honors

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Illinois
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

Member, Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Member, Ambassadors Board - Legal Aid Chicago

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