October 5, 2020 – Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Michael N. Ungar, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers (the “College”). The College is an exclusive, 70-year old organization that recognizes only a handful of litigators for masterful advocacy, ethical conduct, professionalism, and civility.
“There is no more prestigious organization for a trial lawyer,” said Ungar. “I am incredibly honored and humbled to be included among the ranks of the excellent trial attorneys who comprise the College, and I am especially grateful to our clients who allow me, along with Ulmer’s team of talented litigators, the opportunity to handle their most important matters.”
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, civility, and collegiality. Ungar joins Ulmer Retired Partner Marvin L. Karp as a Fellow.
The induction ceremony at which Ungar became a Fellow took place during the College’s 2020 Annual Meeting on September 23-25, 2020. The program included welcoming remarks from Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and a presentation from Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
“Mike is a brilliant trial lawyer and his unmatched success is a direct result of his relentless determination to win,” said Scott P. Kadish, Managing Partner. “We are very lucky to have Mike lead our Litigation Department and are very pleased that the College has honored Mike as among the best of the trial bar.”
Ungar is a skilled trial lawyer trusted by his clients to handle their most critical disputes, and focuses his practice on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial and financial services matters. He represents clients in a broad range of matters, including commercial, banking, professional liability, securities, broker-dealer, class action, consumer, product liability, pharmaceutical, and medical device cases.
In addition to his practice, Ungar is actively involved in the community. He currently serves as President of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and is a City Council Member for the City of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He is a Past President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, now serving on its Bench-Bar Covid-19 Task Force and has been an active volunteer in its 3Rs – Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities Program.
Nationally recognized for his determined and decisive approach to litigation, Ungar has received multiple honors throughout his career including his Band 1 ranking for General Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” by Benchmark Litigation, among others.
“Mike is truly deserving of fellowship into the American College of Trial Lawyers as he has established himself as a leader in the trial bar as a lawyer who for many years has held the very highest standards that the College upholds including high ethical and moral standards and collegiality,” said Columbus lawyer James D. Curphey, Chair of Porter Wright’s Litigation Department and a distinguished member of the College’s State Committee (Ohio).