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Michael Paul Tomlinson

Litigation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Michael P. Tomlinson, Michael Tomlinson

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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Securities Litigation and Enforcement; General Commercial Litigation (ownership disputes, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants, trade secret misappropriation, etc.)

    21 years

  2. Business
    Business Entity Formation and Conversion; Purchase or Sale of Business/Assets; Contract Review and Drafting; General Business Legal Advice Internal Investigations

    15 years

For nearly seven years, Michael P. Tomlinson practiced law at a large national law firm. During that time, Mr. Tomlinson represented clients involved in various types of complex business litigation, including the following types of cases:

  • Ownership/Partnershp Disputes
  • Restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation, etc.)
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Securities and commodities litigation
  • Securities and commodities enforcement actions
  • Employment law (for employers and executives)
  • Statutory fraud (e.g., the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act)
  • Class action defense
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Products liability
  • General contract and tort law
  • White collar crime

Mr. Tomlinson also has experience in conducting internal investigations on behalf of both securities and health care clients.

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Tomlinson & Shapiro, P.C.
8501 W Higgins Rd Ste 420
Chicago, IL, 60631-2811


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Irina | February 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I really liked how they work. Very detailed, always got answers on my questions. Also everything was done professionally.
Posted by Sarah | August 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Awesome attorney. He was quick at getting back to me, answering my questions, and helped me understand exactly every step of the process. I would highly recommend him to anyone. His expertise is unmatched.
Posted by Danny | January 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Problem solved
Michel fixed my problems California prop65 penalty issue employee contract issue He answered all minor issues and questions Thank you Michael
Posted by Joe | March 24, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
I highly recommend Tomlinson & Shapiro, P.C. Michael Tomlinson helped to guide and advise me through my legal options and aided me in making my next step decisions. Michael helped me to understand the advantages and disadvantages of what my options were in terms that made sense to me. I will most certainly secure Tomlinson & Shapiro for any future needs.
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Posted by DannyL | March 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent supporting our business for years
It has been an absolute pleasure working with him. He has been very helpful and attentive, going above and beyond in helping us with our issue and any other legal questions we may have. resolved states regulation issue, contract problem and a lawsuit We would highly recommend him to anyone
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Professional execution beyond all expectations.
Not knowing what to expect regarding the execution of the tasks required to resolve my situation, I was completely dependant on my attorney's knowledge in this area. After an initial conversation I was given a fairly detailed breakdown of responsibilities required of both me and my attorney. Everything was explained in a clear and consise manner. It was evident my attorney was genuinly concerned that everything is executed in order to resolve my situation. Replies to emails and returned phone calls were quick and prompt. I have never had an issue establishing a line of communication at any point in time throughout this experience with my attorney. All legal documents required were drawn and forwarded along with detailed instructions. Once everything was complete, any remaining balance in my retainer was quickly refunded. In the end I feel confident that all my concerns have been properly looked after. I highly recommend this attorney. His level of dedication and professionalism has left a lasting impression with me. I felt that my attorney was genuinely concerned for my well being.
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Posted by Kevin | July 10, 2015
Michael Tomlinson can do it all!
Michael has helped me both personally and professionally. I have recommended him to friends as well who have been very grateful. He has a superb can do attitude and works very diligently. I highly recommend him as anyone's go to lawyer.
Posted by Ciro | May 29, 2015
Trustworthy Attorney
Michael is the corporate attorney for our business. He provides us with prompt service and gives great attention to detail when he is drafting documents and providing our company with guidance. I would highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by Tim | September 25, 2014
Mike Tomlinson provides a great ongoing value to our company.
Mike Tomlinson has provided our company with a number of documents including buy sell agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements and even our service agreement that we provide to our clients. Mike is more than fair with his fees, and I think he has often answered questions without "nickel & dime-ing" me on every question that he answers. Mike is easy to get a hold of and follows up with me on a timely basis. I would recommend him to anybody that is in need of an attorney for business purposes.
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Posted by TB | September 25, 2014
Excellent Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago
We have used Michael Tomlinson's services when we had a tricky situation with a client that forced us to hire an attorney. Michael was thorough in his work, went above and beyond in this case. He also negotiated a deal that brought both parties to the table in an effort to settle the matter amicably. I highly recommend him. There were situations when the client's lawyer was unresponsive but Mike was relentless in getting a hold of him and trying to finding a resolution. He is very experienced and knows what he is doing. Also, He was always responsive whenever I needed, kept me informed of what's going on and was affordable. I'm overall very happy with his services.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Tomlinson Law Office, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate/Senior Counsel
  • Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • 2003 - 2010


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tomlinson Law Obtains Reversal of $2.7 Million Judgment
  • Obtained Reversal of $2.7 Million Judgment


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 Cyber Risks Insights Conference - Chicago
  • Cyber Risk - Simulation Exercise Used at Conference
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Tomlinson is a sharp and talented litigator and negotiator with and extensive background in a number of areas. He has a versatile skill set and a very down to earth mentality. I have referred litigation matters to Michael and he has always done a great job of handling them. I highly recommend Michael Tomlinson."
Business Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know this attorney for several years and have sent him multiple business litigation referrals. My Clients have always been extremely impressed with his responsiveness, pricing, and results!"
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Chicago Litigation Lawyer Michael Paul Tomlinson
Michael Paul Tomlinson
Litigation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 20 years
Virtual consultation available