Michael Y. Scudder



Litigation, Accounting, and Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime


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Michael Y. Scudder, Jr. concentrates in commercial litigation, white collar crime, government investigations and accounting-related matters. Representative matters in which Mr. Scudder has been involved include:

  • numerous accounting firms in connection with accountant’s liability, independence and tax matters, and law enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations by the SEC, PCAOB and the Department of Justice;
  • numerous corporations or their board of directors or executive officers in internal investigations and government investigations before the SEC, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general;
  • the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a range of matters arising out of past academic irregularities;
  • Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in the defense of individual and class action lawsuits arising from allegations of economic loss from alleged incidents of unintended acceleration complaints;
  • a high net worth individual in a federal criminal tax investigation conducted by a U.S. Attorney’s Office;
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. in various internal investigations, numerous consumer protection litigation matters (including class actions), and an antitrust class action;
  • JPMorgan Securities, Inc. and other underwriters in federal securities class action litigation; and
  • numerous corporations on national security matters requiring interaction with federal law enforcement, the intelligence community and other components of the executive branch.

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. 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 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. 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.

Bar Admissions

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
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, 2013-present

Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law – Trial Advocacy, 2009-present

Auditor, Ernst & Young LLP


Registered Certified Public Accountant (Illinois)