Diversity & Inclusion
Litigation, Accounting, and Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime
Michael Y. Scudder, Jr. concentrates in commercial litigation, white collar crime, government investigations and accounting issues. Representative matters in which Mr. Scudder has been involved include:
Mr. Scudder leads Skadden’s accounting practice, which provides integrated litigation, regulatory and transactional legal services to major accounting firms.
Before joining the firm in 2009, Mr. Scudder was a White House legal adviser under President George W. Bush from 2007-2009. In this capacity, he served as general counsel of the National Security Council and advised the president and senior administration officials on defense, intelligence, legislative and litigation matters. Prior to that senior role, he provided legal advice on national security matters at the U.S. Department of Justice.
From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Scudder was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he tried numerous criminal cases and briefed and argued appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to law school, Mr. Scudder worked in public accounting at Ernst & Young.
The BTI Consulting Group included Mr. Scudder in its 2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars report for providing outstanding client service. He was named to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Class of 2010. Mr. Scudder also was named one of Chicago’s best “40 under 40” lawyers by the Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. In January 2010, Chicago Lawyer magazine featured Mr. Scudder in a profile titled “A Midwestern Man with National Experience.”
Additionally, Mr. Scudder actively participates in various pro bono activities. He regularly advises American veterans at the St. Leo’s Campus for Veterans in Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Federal Defender’s Office program, where he has represented many individuals in federal criminal matters, including in two jury trials. In 2014, Mr. Scudder was recognized at the U.S. District Court’s 15th Annual Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service for his contributions in helping people in need of assistance before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Scudder also has authored several amicus curiae briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1998 (editor-in-chief, Law Review)
B.B.A., St. Joseph's College, 1993
Law Clerk, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Law Clerk, Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School
Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law – Trial Advocacy
Auditor, Ernst & Young LLP
Registered Certified Public Accountant (Illinois)