Overview

Mike Hindelang is an experienced commercial litigator whose practice has two major components. Mike has significant experience litigating high value cases, especially those with a financial or securities law component. This litigation includes minority oppression cases, shareholder disputes, high net worth trust litigation, and other commercial disputes. Mike has conducted numerous internal investigations into allegations of financial wrongdoing, as well as responding to whistleblower complaints, and government inquiries.

In addition to his litigation work, Mike is a trusted advisor to businesses on issues related to cybersecurity and privacy. Holding certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professional under both U.S. law (CIPP/US) and for privacy program management (CIPM), Mike advises clients in all aspects of their privacy programs and policies. He also leads the investigation into and response to data breaches and cybersecurity incidents, and has defended companies in response to law enforcement inquiries, shareholder class actions, and other litigation arising from these incidents. 

Services

Experience

Representative Matters

Data, Privacy, and Cybersecurity

  • 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 remediated breaches involving a variety of internal and external actors
  • 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 clients in connection with disclosure of confidential data via file systems designed to be secure
  • Advised 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
  • Developed and advised in the implementation of privacy programs for clients in a variety of industries
  • Counseled clients on information management issues, including records retention policies, e-discovery protocols, and data consolidation

Litigation

  • 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
  • Represented parties, both in prosecuting and defending, regarding financial and accounting disputes, including professional malpractice allegations
  • 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, including in responding to whistleblower allegations
  • Represented both trustees and beneficiaries in disputes regarding trust administration
  • Represented numerous attorneys in professional disciplinary proceedings
  • Represented clients in defense of class actions in multiple subject areas, including TCPA, shareholder disputes, regulatory compliance, and others
  • Represented clients in constitutional and governmental litigation, including zoning and municipal disputes

Credentials

Education

Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyers2019-2021
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2008-2018
  • Benchmark LitigationUnder 40 Hot List, 2020; Local Litigation Star 2020
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2012 and 2016
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Recognized as one of 30 “Up and Coming” attorneys for 2015

Professional & Community Involvement

  • 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 Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional
    • Certified Information Privacy Manager
  • City of Grosse Pointe Park, Parks & Recreation Commission Member, 2017-2018

News & Insights

News

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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Inside Counsel article “Cyber suits”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Property Casualty 360° article “Appeals court upholds FTC authority over data breaches”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Legaltech News article “Legal Experts Weigh In On Court Ruling in Favor of FTC Authority Over Data Breaches”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Business Insurance article "Cyber insurance claims disputes start heading to court"
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Legaltech News article “Up to Senate to Vote on Cybersecurity Legislation”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Law360 article “Cyber Sharing Bills Head To Senate On Stronger Footing”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Inside Counsel article “White House has privacy in focus”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Detroit News article “Auto dealers urged to improve protection of buyer data”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Business Insurance article “FTC probe of Verizon holds valuable lessons in cyber security protocol”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly article “What every lawyer should know about e-discovery”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the Business Insurance article “Wyndham ruling boosts FTC’s authority to investigate cyber security breaches”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the MiBiz article, “Internal security breaches need attention, too”
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  • Michael P. Hindelang is quoted in the MiBiz article, “Businesses need to protect against vulnerabilities for electronic data”
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Publications

  • Dismissals & Defaults
    Publication | Michigan Civil Procedure, Second Edition (ICLE) | 2012-2015
  • Motions and Pretrial Practice
    Publication | Michigan Civil Procedure, Second Edition (ICLE) | 2012-2015
  • Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law
    Publication | Aspatore Books |
  • Proactive Planning for E-Discovery Challenges
    Publication | SRR Journal |
  • Publication | The Michigan Business Law Journal, Vol. 28, Issue 3, p. 50 | Fall 2008
  • Quiet Periods for Follow-On Offerings
    Publication | Compliance Reporter,Vol. XI, No. 46 |
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Publication | Wayne Law Review |
  • The Disappearing Tax Advisor Privilege
    Publication | Wayne Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 3 |

Seminars & Events

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  • Corporate Compliance in the Age of Cryptocurrency
    Event | Bloomfield Hills, MI | | Panelist
  • The Legal Issues of Responding to Data Breaches
    Event | Detroit, MI | | | Presenter
  • Identifying and Responding to Data Breaches
    Event | Ann Arbor, MI | | | Keynote Speaker
  • Anatomy of a Data Breach
    Event | Detroit, MI | | | Presenter
  • Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents
    Event | Detroit, MI | | | Panelist
  • Accounting, Financial Statements and Auditors: An Introduction for Lawyers, by Lawyers
    Event | Grand Rapids, MI | | | Co-presenter
  • Event | Detroit, MI | | | Co-presenter
  • Accounting for Lawyers
    Event | Bloomfield Hills, MI | | | Presenter
  • Event | Novi, MI | |
  • e-Discovery and Electronic Health Records
    Event | Plymouth, MI | | | Presenter
  • e-Discovery in the Securities Industry
    Event | | Presenter
  • Saving Time, Money, and Aggravation: Preparing for e-Discovery
    Event | | Co-presenter

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