Michelle Hartmann has joined Baker McKenzie's Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice as a Partner, bringing more than 15 years of experience in commercial litigation and disputes, particularly in matters involving class action and multidistrict litigation, securities, restrictive covenant and trade secrets.
Based in Dallas, Michelle defends companies and their officers in high-stakes securities class action, shareholder derivative litigation and enforcement proceedings in state and federal courts across the United States. She has also litigated employment discrimination matters relating to race, sex, age, military service and pay.
“Michelle is a top-notch litigator who brings a strong record of success advocating for multinationals in court,” said Mark Taylor, Chair of the Firm's North America Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice. "With an uptick in litigation complexity, her expertise will be a great asset to our clients, and we are excited to add her to our growing team in North America. Clients trust Michelle and consistently seek her counsel and defense in bet-the-company actions or matters involving significant risk."
Michelle has represented clients in a number of high-profile matters, including:
- Represented a Special Committee of the board of a publicly traded energy company relating to FCPA issues
- Represented a publicly traded company in multiple putative class actions related to a data breach
- Represented software security company in a multi-state non-compete and trade secret misappropriation litigation
Baker McKenzie's litigation practice is one the most recognized and largest globally, with more than 850 litigators based in major financial centers and emerging markets worldwide. With a global network, the group is known for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional litigation and has extensive industry expertise, particularly in the aerospace; consumer goods and retail; energy, mining and infrastructure; financial institutions; healthcare; technology, media and telecoms sectors.
BTI Consulting Group ranked Baker McKenzie as a Litigation Standout and on the Honor Roll of Most Feared Law Firms in Litigation in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2018, a survey of corporate counsel from the world’s largest companies.
“Known as a superb litigator, Michelle is an adviser clients trust with their high-risk litigation,” said Colin Murray, the Firm's Managing Partner in North America. "She has represented companies in both state and federal courts across the country on class actions involving data breaches, wage and hour, and leave issues. Her experience will be a valuable addition to our growing team of litigators in the US.”
Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 lateral partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to expand its presence in key markets and practice areas. Michelle joining the Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice follows the arrival of energy litigator Tom Kruse, as well as several prominent attorneys with DOJ antitrust experience, including Creighton Macy, Craig Lee and Mark Hamer.
"Baker McKenzie’s litigation practice is highly regarded for its standout capabilities and superior client service," Michelle said. "The Firm’s global platform and collaborative environment will allow me to significantly expand the services I offer clients, and I am pleased to join the team."
Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where she graduated first in her class. After law school, Michelle clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit, and for Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, District Judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas.