Michael G. McLellan has a decade of experience in complex civil litigation. He leads the firm’s antitrust practice group, with the responsibility for investigating and litigating the antitrust cases. He has appeared before multiple trial and appellate courts, including cases tried to verdict.
Mr. McLellan developed and served as co-lead counsel in Kamakahi v. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, et al., No. 11-1781 (N.D.Cal.), which alleged price restraints in a medical professional organization’s membership rules suppressed compensation paid to women providing human eggs for reproductive purposes. After Mr. McLellan spearheaded the prosecution of the case for five years, the case settled for nearly complete relief on the plaintiff’s injunctive claims.
Mr. McLellan also directs the firm’s role as co-lead counsel for indirect purchasers of drywall in In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litig., No. 2:13-md-2437 (E.D.Pa.), a price fixing case that has amassed $16.7 million in settlements.
Currently, Mr. McLellan litigates Stoumbos v. Visa, Inc., et al, 1:11-cv-1882 (D.D.C), representing independent ATM consumers alleging Visa and MasterCard’s network rules artificially inflated ATM access fees. In Stoumbos, the firm scored a victory when the D.C. Circuit reversed the lower court’s order dismissing the case. See Osborn v. Visa Inc., 797 F.3d 1057 (D.C. Cir. 2015). That victory was underscored when the United States Supreme Court dismissed its writ of certiorari as improvidently granted after initially accepting the case for review. See Visa Inc. v. Stoumbos, No. 15-962, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 6920 (Nov. 17, 2016).
Mr. McLellan is a published legal author, having contributed to treatises and written multiple articles on antitrust and class action issues for legal periodicals. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently cited one of Mr. McLellan’s articles in a published opinion. See Lambert v. Nutraceutical Corp., No. 15-56423, at 20 (9th Cir. Sep. 15, 2017) (citing If at First You Don’t Succeed: The Varying Standards Applicable to Renewed Motions for Class Certification, 30 ABA Antitrust 90 (Vol. 3, Summer 2016)). He has also taught CLE classes involving class action issues, twice serving as co-teacher of a course entitled “Recent Developments in Class Action Law.”
While attending the University of South Carolina School of Law, Mr. McLellan served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. While pursuing his LL.M. degree at American University Washington College, he worked as an intern for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement and volunteered as a Constitutional Law teacher at Ballou Stay High School, an alternative high school for District of Columbia residents seeking to complete their high school education.
He joined Finkelstein Thompson LLP in 2004 and practices in the Washington, D.C. office.