Michael B. McClellan


Michael is a strategic problem solver, focused on unfair competition and other complex business and real estate disputes.

Michael’s core practice consists of meeting clients’ objectives outside of litigation when possible and prosecuting and defending litigation when necessary.  His clients operate in a wide array of economic sectors, including financial services, technology, marketing, OEM distribution, home building, automotive services, and health care. 

Michael has resolved hundreds of complex lawsuits and commercial disputes involving a broad range of tort and contract claims, including claims of statutory and regulatory violations, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices, denial of insurance coverage, and fraud. 

Representative matters include:

• Successfully prosecuted claims against former employees and competitors for misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition;

• Successfully defended start-up companies against former employers of principal(s) against claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition;

• Successfully prosecuted and defended claims for fraud in the sale of real estate and defective construction;

• Successfully represented policy holders against insurance companies for wrongful denial of coverage;

• Successfully represented individuals and businesses in regulatory matters against federal, state, and municipal government entities; and

• Successfully defended individual from criminal prosecution, resulting in acquittal at trial.

Prior to joining Newmeyer & Dillion, Michael worked at the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, and in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at the Department of Commerce.

Michael was a Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and his writings on public policy have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Orange County Register, and other publications.

Michael holds an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University, with distinction, and was a four year member of the Yale varsity football team.

• Selected to the Rising Star list by Super Lawyers, 2014-2017

• Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2005
• Yale University, B.A., History with distinction, 2001

• California, 2005
• United States District Court of Colorado, 2009
• United States District Court, Central District of California
• United States District Court, Eastern District of California
• United States District Court, Southern District of California
• United States District Court, Northern District of California