Michael J. Freed

After leaving the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he was a trial and appellate attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (Honors Program), Mr. Freed has engaged in private practice, concentrating in business class action litigation and other complex litigation. He has served as a lead counsel in many prominent antitrust, securities fraud, and consumer fraud class action cases. Presently, Mr. Freed is serving as a lead counsel in the Containerboard Antitrust case, In re Opana ER Antitrust Litigation and In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation.

Prior antitrust class actions in which Mr. Freed served as a lead counsel include In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation, In re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation, In re High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation, In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation, In re Carbon Dioxide Antitrust Litigation, In re Infant Formula Antitrust Litigation, and In re Ocean Shipping Antitrust Litigation. Mr. Freed has also served as a lead counsel in more than a dozen securities fraud, shareholder derivative, and consumer fraud actions. In all, more than $2 billion has been recovered for plaintiffs and plaintiff classes in cases in which Mr. Freed has served as a lead counsel, including the 3 largest antitrust class action settlement recoveries in the history of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Freed is a member of the bar of Northern District of Illinois (where he is a member of the Trial Bar ), and bars of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appels and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Freed has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, an Illinois Super Lawyer by Chicago Magazine, an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyer’s Network, and one of the top plaintiffs’ antitrust lawyers in Illinois by Chambers and Partners. In March 2007, Mr. Freed was honored by the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice for exceptional pro bono efforts. He has also served on the boards or as a trustee of the Appleseed Foundation and the American Antitrust Institute, both of which are located in the District of Columbia, as well as The Loyola University of Chicago Consumer Law Institute and as a member of the Visiting Alumni Committee of the The University of Chicago School of Law.

Mr. Freed is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1959) and University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1962).