Vedder Price

Michael J. Waters

Shareholder

Michael J. Waters is a Shareholder in Vedder Price’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on two primary areas—litigation and data privacy.

In both of these areas, Mr. Waters regularly counsels clients on issues involving emerging technology. 

Litigation.  Mr. Waters is a member of the firm’s Litigation group. He has experience handling all phases of litigation, as well arbitration and mediation. He has successfully participated in numerous injunction hearings, Markman hearings, trials and appeals in state and federal court, and he has arbitrated matters before the American Arbitration Association and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He regularly works with the firm’s Intellectual Property group and has significant experience litigating matters of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, as well as trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, antitrust and restrictive covenant claims. He also assists businesses in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, merger and acquisition litigation, lending and finance disputes and in defending product liability claims. Mr. Waters is a contributing author for the 2009 edition of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Civil Trial Evidence handbook.

Privacy, CyberSecurity & Media.  In addition to being a member of the Litigation Group, Mr. Waters is Co-Chair of the Privacy, CyberSecurity & Media group. He handled one of the first data breach matters shortly after California passed its breach notification law in 2003 and has since counseled clients across industries through nearly every conceivable type of breach, from system-wide malware attacks and missing laptops to employee thefts, snooping and misdirected communications. He also assists clients in managing the privacy risks associated with maintaining and transferring information, including counseling clients on statutory and contractual data protection requirements. Mr. Waters has earned the designation Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and he is a member of IAPP, InfraGard (a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector) and the Chicago Bar Association’s Cyber Law & Data Privacy Committee.

In addition to his activities on behalf of Vedder Price and its clients, Mr. Waters has volunteered his time to provide legal services to children and in support of children’s issues in conjunction with the Children and Family Justice Center of the Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, and he has represented those in the creative arts in connection with Lawyers for the Creative Arts.

Mr. Waters was selected for inclusion from 2009 to 2017 as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and was also recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2017.

Michael J. Waters

Shareholder

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Michigan, B.S., 2000

Michael J. Waters

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2003

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012

Affiliations

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Michael J. Waters

Shareholder

Michael J. Waters

Shareholder

Michael J. Waters

Shareholder

Blogs

Mr. Waters contributes to our Media & Privacy Risk Report blog. To view it, please click here.