McNeill, Thomas G.

Education

University of Notre Dame

B.A., 1981
  • magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

University of Virginia

J.D., 1984
  • Trial Advocacy Award
  • Chief Commissioner, North Grounds Softball League
  • Founder, National Law School Softball Tournament (30th Anniversary in 2013)

Bar Admission

Michigan

Thomas G. McNeill

Member

Prominent Assignments

Tried 36 cases to verdict or award, compiling a record of 35-1, including a substantial jury verdict for plaintiff purchaser of medical practice (Wayne County Circuit Court).

Represented defendants in more than 30 securities and ERISA class actions, including recent cases involving Ford Motor Company, Collins & Aikman, Hayes-Lemmerz International, Lear, Visteon, Paychex, Reddy Ice, FMF Capital and Mackinac Financial.

Defended a variety of companies in consumer class action claims, including recent cases for McDonald's, Scotts Miracle Gro and Asset Acceptance Capital. 

Represented Fortune 500, middle market and closely held companies in a wide range of business tort matters, including theft of trade secrets and violations of covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit customers or employees.

Represented companies and individuals in SEC investigations and enforcement actions.

Represented private equity interests in litigation and arbitration stemming from the purchase or sale of portfolio companies.

Represented accounting firms for more than twenty years, including in the cases that established Michigan Supreme Court precedent for the proper statute of limitations and the limited standing of creditors to sue their debtor’s accountants.

Defended banking, lending and investment institutions and firms against a wide range of customer contract and tort claims frequently seeking seven, eight and nine figure damages.

Representing major cancer medical center disputing putative exclusive affiliation within Metro Detroit with multi-disciplinary medical center. 

Represented international actuarial firm in defense of putative professional negligence claims.

Represented The Coca-Cola Company and subsidiary (Energy Brands, Inc.) in termination of the exclusive distributor of VitaminWater™ in Southeast Michigan.

Represented McDonald's Corporation in national class action alleging putative violations of Muslim dietary laws (settlement covered by more than 100 media outlets). 

Represented investment group in challenge to the acquisition of a casino.

Represented Chairman and CEO of one of Michigan's largest charitable foundations concerning internal governance issues. 

Represented a major insurance company in $100 million coverage dispute under a fidelity/employee dishonesty policy.

Spearheaded the litigation eliminating a twenty year land use restriction, clearing the way for the Star Southfield Movie Theater Complex and a Lexus car dealership.

Represented international CPA firm that certified the results of the “McMillions” TV promotional game.

Represented the National Hockey League in cases involving defecting Russian hockey players.

Represented Major League Baseball with respect to litigation avoidance and legal compliance matters associated with the All Star Game hosted in Detroit.

Represented Motown Music and Berry Gordy against royalty claims asserted by the famed song writing trio of Holland, Dozier & Holland.

Prevailed at arbitration for FTD Association against the acquirer of its wholesale operations in a “bet the company” case concerning ownership and control of all FTD trademarks.

REPRESENTATIVE NATIONAL CLIENTS

  • Alix Partners
  • BDO USA
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Ernst & Young 
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute 
  • McDonald's Corp. 
  • Northern Trust Corp.
  • Towers Watson
  • The Scotts Miracle-Grow Company

REPRESENTATIVE MIDDLE MARKET AND ENTREPRENEURIAL CLIENTS

  • Asset Acceptance Capital
  • E&E Manufacturing
  • Health Management Associates
  • Heartland Industrial Partners
  • Life Assurance Investment Advisors 
  • MAG Industrial Automation Systems
  • Michigan State University Foundation
  • MLS Group/Medicolegal Services 
  • Peninsula Capital Partners
  • Physicians Eye Care Associates
  • Premio Foods
  • PWB Value Partners
  • Robotic Vision Technologies
  • Star Partner Enterprises 
  • Wind Point Partners
  • Wolverine Energy

Professional Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, Past President (2012-13)
  • Federal Bar Association (the national organization), Federal Litigation Section, Vice Chair, 2013-present
  • State Bar of Michigan Foundation, Fellow (Top 5% of the profession in the State)
  • Merit Selection Panel for Eastern District of Michigan Magistrate Judge Position (2011), Chairman
  • Appellate Defender Commission, Member, 2011-2015, Nominated by Michigan Supreme Court, Appointed by Governor Rick Snyder
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Inn of Court President, 2013-present (2014 "Section of the Year" Award); DMBA Foundation, Board Member, 2013-present 

Publications/Presentations

  • Michigan Business Torts, Pappas, Quick and McNeill (ICLE 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2013), the State’s seminal text in the field
  • ABI Consumer Conference, Trial Demonstration, Instructor (November, 2013) 
  • "Cross Examining Financial Experts in Bankruptcy Court" (October, 2011), sponsored by the Federal Bar Association (E.D. Mich.)
  • “The Definitive Non-Compete Agreement” (January, 2011), sponsored by ICLE
  • “Pre-filing Pitfalls, Initial Disclosure and Discovery” (December, 2009-2013), sponsored by the Federal Bar Association (E.D. Mich.)
  • “Financial Litigation in Federal Court” (February, 2008), sponsored by the Federal Bar Association (E.D. Mich.)
  • “Electronic Discovery: Legal and Technical Issues for Today’s Trial Lawyer” (February, 2006), sponsored by the Federal bar Association (W.D. Mich.)
  • “Litigating Non-Competition Agreements” (August, 2003), ICLE’s Masters of Litigation Series
  • “Managing Pretrial Discovery of Electronic Data” (July, 2001), ICLE’s Masters of Litigation Series

Serving as Michigan Counsel for National Firms and Their Clients

  • Bracewell & Giuliani
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel
  • Davis, Polk & Wardell
  • DLA Piper
  • Faegre Baker Daniels 
  • Groom Law Group
  • Hunton & Williams
  • Kaye Scholer
  • Kirkland & Ellis 
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Mayer Brown
  • Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp
  • Nixon Peabody 
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom
  • Steptoe & Johnson
  • Vinson & Elkins
  • Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
  • Winston & Strawn
  • EMAIL
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  • PRINT

Areas of Practice

Acknowledgements

  • Listed in Chambers and Partners USA, Best in Their Field, Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation and Securities Litigation)
    • 2013-14 "Lawyer of the Year" in Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation
    • 2014-15 "Lawyer of the Year" in Securities Litigation 
    • 2016-17 "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation, Michigan Litigation Star
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers, Top 100 in the State and in Business Litigation
  • State Bar of Michigan, 2014 Kimberly M. Cahill Award for Bar Leadership