Michael H. Todisco represents Fortune 500 companies, national nonprofit organizations, and individuals. He has experience in all phases of litigation, including dispositive motion practice, depositions, and appeals.
Mr. Todisco also has an active pro bono practice. He was part of a team that helped secure the release of Maria Mendez, a grandmother who had served 11 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of causing the death of her baby grandson.
During law school, Mr. Todisco served as a senior editor for the Stanford Law Review. He earned a number of academic honors, including Gerald Gunther Prizes for Outstanding Performance in Taxation, Administrative Law, Trademarks, Securities Litigation, Criminal Procedure: Investigations, and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication. His student note, “Share and Share Alike? Considering Racial Discrimination in the Nascent Room-Sharing Economy,” 67 Stan. L. Rev. O. 121 (2015), received a 2016 Burton Award for Legal Writing.
Complete defense verdict for the California Institute of Technology after a four-week trial in a wrongful termination suit in which a former researcher claimed the school retaliated against him for allegedly exposing the misuse of government funds. Dr. Roumi, who sought tens of millions of dollars in damages, was hired to work on a project funded by the Department of Energy, but ultimately failed. (See “Jury gives CalTech complete win over former researcher’s claims,” Daily Journal; “Hueston Hennigan Beats Back Whistleblower Claim Against CalTech,” The American Lawyer).
Obtained a unanimous opinion at the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of Nutraceutical. The Court adopted our arguments that the Rule 23(f) deadline to file an interlocutory appeal of a class-certification decision, and all other mandatory claim-processing rules, are unsusceptible to equitable exceptions. This preserves our victory at the lower court, where Hueston Hennigan obtained decertification of the putative plaintiff class.
Won a motion to dismiss a putative class action law suit alleging false advertising against Nutraceutical Corp., a leading dietary supplement manufacturer.
Representing a national nonprofit organization in its California litigation, prevailing on several dispositive motions on that organization’s behalf.
Prevailed on a motion to dismiss for a New York City restaurant group in the highly publicized “no-tipping” lawsuit, which alleges that the restaurant group’s no-tipping policies violate state and federal antitrust laws.
Represented Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiaries in their widely publicized dispute with Toshiba over anti-transfer provisions in joint venture agreements governing the manufacture and development of NAND flash memory. The dispute encompassed multiple international arbitrations and litigation in the California trial and appellate courts, where SanDisk secured injunctive relief in aid of the arbitrations.