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Michael P. Hindelang, CIPP/US, CIPM

Vice Chair, Litigation Department
Co-Leader, Data Security and Privacy Litigation Practice
Leader, e-Discovery and Information Management Practice
Member, Board of Directors


Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • Wayne Law Review, Assistant Editor, 2002-2003; Senior Articles Editor, 2003-2004
Wayne State University, M.B.A.
  • Finance and Accounting
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Economics

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Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Business Law Section
  • Litigation Section

American Bar Association

  • Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, 2015-2016
  • Litigation Section
    • Privacy and Data Security Committee, Founding Co-Chair, 2015-2016

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional
  • Certified Information Privacy Manager
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Mike Hindelang is a commercial litigator with substantial experience in the securities, corporate governance, and corporate investigations arenas and in high-stakes cases where significant monetary amounts or prominent reputations have been implicated. He also advises business entities on data security issues, including responding to data breach incidents, and leads privacy litigation matters. Mike counsels on information management issues, including e-discovery planning and records retention, in both litigation and non-litigation settings.

Mike holds Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Management (CIPM) credentials given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

  • Represents both public and privately held companies in shareholder disputes, including minority oppression claims, derivative shareholder claims, and claims against officers and directors
  • Represents clients in complex commercial disputes
  • Represents clients in internal investigations and responding to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other governmental inquiries
  • Counsels clients on data security issues, including investigating and responding to data breach, data loss, and other cybersecurity issues
  • Advises clients on data privacy and related consumer issues
  • Counsels clients on e-discovery issues in both state and federal courts, including multiple SEC inquiries, metadata, and form of production disputes and early case planning for ESI
  • Advises clients on information management issues, including records retention and document management
  • Represents clients in litigation matters arising out of data breaches and privacy issues


  • Counseled client in connection with external hacking of e-commerce platform and exfiltration of cardholder data, including subsequent forensic investigations and interfacing with Merchant Acquirer/Card Brands
  • Investigated and provided consumer notices for a breaching arising out of company IT personnel hacking into human resources databases
  • Investigated and provided both consumer notices and law enforcement notices for a breach involving a stolen hard drive with human resources files
  • Investigated, coordinated with law enforcement, and advised on civil litigation for a breach involving a hacker accessing and publicizing source code for client software code
  • Advised client in connection with disclosure of confidential data via file transfer protocol (FTP)
  • Advised multiple clients regarding lost devices containing confidential or personal data
  • Counseled client in connection with external hacking of a server, which the client used to conduct security testing
  • Counseled a client regarding suspected access to its systems by former IT personnel
  • Represented a public company in the defense of shareholder litigation seeking to enjoin a public offering
  • Represented shareholders in a variety of industries in both prosecuting and defending claims of minority oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, and related shareholder claims
  • Represented clients in numerous commercial disputes, including contract disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets claims, real estate disputes, and consumer class actions
  • Represented securities firms, at both the broker-dealer and clearing level, in customer and industry disputes
  • Advised clients in responding to SEC, DOJ, IRS, and other government subpoenas
  • Assisted member firms in responding to NASD and NYSE inquiries
  • Assisted public clients in internal investigations to determine compliance with federal regulations, including FCPA issues
  • Advised a variety of companies, both publicly traded and privately held, on record retention policies, including developing new policies and adapting existing policies to changing technological and regulatory environments
  • Coordinated implementation of information storage and retrieval software for a national insurance company
  • Advised both publicly traded and privately held companies on litigation hold and e-discovery compliance and best practices
  • Represented both trustees and beneficiaries in disputes regarding trust administration


City of Grosse Pointe Park, Parks & Recreation Commission Member, 2017-2018

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  • Michigan Super Lawyers2019
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2008-2018
  • Benchmark LitigationUnder 40 Hot List, 2016
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2012 and 2016
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Recognized as one of 30 “Up and Coming” attorneys for 2015