Michael W. Sillyman: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

Michael W. Sillyman

Partner
Scottsdale,  AZ  U.S.A.
Phone(480) 429-4893

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • ERISA and Benefits Litigation
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Mediation and Arbitration Neutrals
  • Business and Class Action Litigation
  • Government Disputes
  • Insurance Litigation, Management and Supervision
  • Insurance and Indemnity
  • Securities Litigation
 
University Arizona State University, B.A., 1969
 
Law SchoolArizona State University College of Law, J.D., 1975 Associate Managing Editor, Law Review
 
Admitted1975, Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Memberships and Affiliations

Former President, Hispanic National Bar Foundation; American Bar Association; Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association; Former Vice President, Hispanic National Bar Association; member, Puerto Rican Bar Association

 
BornWaynesville, Missouri, January 21, 1947
 
Biography

Mr. Sillyman currently represents employers, both private and governmental, in a variety of employment matters ranging from sexual and racial harassment claims to retaliation and wrongful termination. Mr. Sillyman also has an active commercial litigation practice that includes defense of business torts, defamation, contract claims, noncompete provisions and securities fraud.

•Obtaining a $6 million judgment on a personal guaranty.
•Defending a statewide elected official in a RICO and intentional interference lawsuit claiming damages in excess of $750 million.
•Defending a sexual harassment and discrimination claim brought by five female employees of the State of Arizona.
•Bringing suit against an Arizona Indian tribe for violations of State Gaming Compact.
•Representing 80 former officers and directors of a bankrupt religious foundation in several lawsuits claiming damages in excess of $350 million.

Mr. Sillyman has an active commercial litigation practice that includes defense of business torts, defamation, contract claims, non-compete provisions and securities fraud. He represents both corporations and governmental entities in complex litigation and has served as an arbitrator for FINRA (and its predecessor), the New York Stock Exchange and the National Future Association, for over 25 years.

Mr. Sillyman's commercial litigation experience includes:

•Obtaining a $6 million judgment on a personal guaranty.
•Defending a statewide elected official in a RICO and intentional interference lawsuit claiming damages in excess of $750 million.
•Bringing suit against an Arizona Indian tribe for violations of a state Gaming Compact.
•Representing 80 former officers and directors of a bankrupt religious foundation in several lawsuits claiming damages in excess of $350 million.
•Defending a county against developer claims for breach of contract.
•Defending and brought numerous lawsuits seeking injunctive relief.

Mr. Sillyman represents employers, both private and governmental, in a variety of employment matters ranging from sexual and racial harassment and discrimination claims to retaliation, wrongful termination and equal pay act claims. He practices before state and federal courts as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Arizona Civil Rights Division.

Mr. Sillyman's employment-related experience includes:

•Defending and settled a sexual harassment and discrimination claims brought by five female employees of the State of Arizona.
•Investigating a discrimination claim brought against a city manager.
•Defending the State of Arizona in 1983 claims.
•Defending a municipality in claims involving disciplinary actions against more than 50 police officers.
•Representing a county merit board in regard to employee disciplinary matters.
•Serving as a hearing officer in labor-related issues.
•Representing numerous corporations on claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.

News

June 17, 2014Paige Martin and Michael Sillyman Receive Successful Reversal From Arizona Court of Appeals

Kutak Rock attorneys Paige Martin and Michael Sillyman successfully defended the Elected Officials Retirement Plan (EORP), a pension system of the State of Arizona, before the Arizona Court of Appeals inJack Cross v. EORP.

Publications

April 22, 2013Supreme Court: Clear Terms of an ERISA Plan Govern Reimbursement Following a Plan Participant's Third-Party Recovery

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Government Service

Assistant Attorney General, State of Arizona, 1977-1984

 
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Michael W. Sillyman

8601 North Scottsdale Road
ScottsdaleAZ 85253-2738




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