Michael J. Charlillo


Michael is an Associate in the Financial Services and Securities Litigation and Business Litigation Practice Groups. He routinely represents broker-dealers, investment advisors, and registered persons in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) involving customer claims of fraud, unsuitability, churning, excessive mark-ups, mismarked trades, and failure to supervise. Michael also represents and advises these clients during investigations and enforcement actions by FINRA involving issues such as compliance with industry regulations regarding disclosure, recordkeeping, licensing, registration, and supervision.

In his business litigation practice, Michael frequently represents businesses in employment disputes, including enforcement of restrictive covenants, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and employment discrimination. He also has significant experience defending a wide range of professional liability matters involving accountants, attorneys, and insurance agents.

Education & Admissions


  • John Carroll University

    (B.A., 2007)

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

    (J.D., 2012)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • State of Ohio


  • Represents broker-dealersĀ in FINRA arbitrations and enforcement actions.



  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association The 3Rs – Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities Program (High School Classroom Volunteer)
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Brief Advice Clinic Volunteer)


  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2020)