Michael Dominic Meuti

Partner

Cleveland
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Michael Meuti represents businesses facing high-stakes litigation and government investigations. His practice focuses on class actions and other complex disputes, representing clients before courts and government agencies at the state and federal levels. Able to home in on the issues that persuade judges, Michael’s practical approach to litigation achieves his clients' goals efficiently and effectively.

Select Experience

  • Represents a company and non-profit in parallel putative class actions alleging violations of state and federal telephone privacy statutes.
  • Represents a consumer lender in a putative TCPA class action in federal court.
  • Represents clients in multiple FTC investigations into marketing practices.
  • Member of the trial team representing a Fortune 50 corporation in a multi-week CERCLA trial.
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Experience

  • Represents a company and non-profit in parallel putative class actions alleging violations of state and federal telephone privacy statutes.
  • Represents a consumer lender in a putative TCPA class action in federal court.
  • Represents clients in multiple FTC investigations into marketing practices.
  • Member of the trial team representing a Fortune 50 corporation in a multi-week CERCLA trial.
  • Represented a financial institution in consumer class action litigation under Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Drafted successful brief opposing class certification.
  • Represented an Ohio teleservices company in a bet-the-company consumer class action alleging fraud. Drafted major briefs, including brief opposing class certification.
  • Represented a public corporation in a contract dispute with a former parent company regarding employee benefit liabilities. Deposed the plaintiff company's CFO, its general counsel, and seven other witnesses and drafted all major briefs.
  • Worked with teams that represented two Ohio-based companies in separate shareholder derivative lawsuits. Favorably resolved the cases before class certification briefing.
  • Represented a chain restaurant franchisee as plaintiff in a civil RICO class action seeking recovery for overcharges by its supplier. Drafted successful class certification briefs before the case resolved with a nine-figure settlement.
  • Represented a major grocery chain in class action antitrust litigation against a dairy cooperative and dairy processor. Drafted brief successfully opposing summary judgment.
  • Represented a federal credit union in bet-the-company class action under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Developed counterclaim strategy that resolved the case favorably before class certification briefing.
  • Represented auto insurers in consumer class actions in California state court.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • John M. Manos Inn of Court

Community

  • American Constitution Society 
    • Stanford Law School Chapter: Founding Member and Steering Committee Co-Chair (2001 to 2003)
    • San Francisco Lawyer Chapter: Active Member (2005 to 2006)
    • Columbus Lawyer Chapter: Founding Member and Steering Committee Co-Chair (2007 to 2008)
    • Washington, D.C. Lawyer Chapter: Executive Board Member (2009 to 2010)
    • Northeast Ohio Lawyer Chapter
      • Chapter Vice President (2011 to 2013)
      • President (2014 to 2016)
      • Immediate Past President (2017)
  • Project Learn: Board of Directors (2012 to 2015)
  • Pilgrim Congregational United States Church of Christ: Board of Trustees (2012 to 2014)
  • Case Western Reserve Law School: Adjunct Professor, Appellate Practice (2013 to 2015)
  • Hillary for America: Regional Counsel for Voter Protection (2016)

Pro Bono

  • Represented incarcerated individual in Sixth Circuit appeal of his mandatory minimum sentence. 
  • Successfully appealed district court's denial of an indigent prisoner's habeas-corpus petition.
  • Represented local community development organization on issues related to its pop-up neighborhood project. 

Services

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable James S. Gwin, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (2003 to 2004)
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (2006 to 2007)
  • Ohio Attorney General’s Office: Simon Karas Fellow (2007 to 2008)
  • Skadden Arps (San Francisco): Associate (2004 to 2006)
  • Hunton & Williams (Washington, D.C.): Associate (2008 to 2010)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2006
  • Ohio, 2011
  • District of Columbia, 2009
  • California, 2003

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2003
  • B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University, 2000, summa cum laude, Outstanding Graduate for the College of Business Administration