Diversity & Inclusion
Litigation, Accounting, and Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime
Michael Y. Scudder, Jr. concentrates in commercial litigation and white collar crime, focusing on accounting and tax-related matters. 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 served in the White House as general counsel of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush from 2007-2009. 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 cases 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. He is a Registered CPA in Illinois.
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. In January 2010, Chicago Lawyer magazine featured Mr. Scudder in a profile titled "A Midwestern Man with National Experience." In 2016 Mr. Scudder was featured on the news show "Chicago Tonight," discussing presidential transitions.
Additionally, Mr. Scudder actively participates in various pro bono and community activities. 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.
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1998 (editor-in-chief, Law Review)
B.B.A., St. Joseph's College, 1993
Law Clerk, Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court
Law Clerk, Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School, 2013-present
Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law – Trial Advocacy, 2009-present
Auditor, Ernst & Young LLP
Registered Certified Public Accountant (Illinois)