Michael Dell’Angelo

Biography

Michael Dell’Angelo is a shareholder in the Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Commodities & Financial Instruments, and Securities & Investor Protection practice groups at Berger Montague. He serves as co-lead counsel in a variety of complex antitrust cases, including Le et al. v. Zuffa, LLC, No. 15-1045 (D. Nev.) (alleging the Ultimate Fighting Championship (“UFC”) obtained illegal monopoly power of the market for Mixed Martial Arts promotions and suppressed the compensation of MMA fighters).

Mr. Dell’Angelo is responsible for winning numerous significant settlements for his clients and class members. Most recently, as co-lead counsel, Mr. Dell’Angelo recently helped to reach settlements totaling more than $190 million in the multidistrict litigation In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litig., No. 13-md-2437 (E.D. Pa.). There, in granting final approval to the last settlement, the court observed about Mr. Dell’Angelo and his colleagues that “Plaintiffs’ counsel are experienced antitrust lawyers who have been working in this field of law for many years and have brought with them a sophisticated and highly professional approach to gathering persuasive evidence on the topic of price-fixing.” In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litig., No. 13-md-2437, 2018 WL 3439454, at *18 (E.D. Pa. July 17, 2018). “[I]t bears repeating,” the court emphasized, “that the result attained is directly attributable to having highly skilled and experienced lawyers represent the class in these cases.” Id.

Mr. Dell’Angelo also serves as co-lead counsel or class counsel in numerous cases alleging price-fixing or other wrongdoing affecting a variety of financial instruments, including In re Commodity Exchange, Inc., Gold Futures and Options Trading Litig., 1:14-MD-2548-VEC (S.D.N.Y); In re Platinum and Palladium Antitrust Litig., No. 14-cv-09391-GHW (S.D.N.Y.); Contant, et al. v. Bank of America Corp., et al., 1:17-cv-03139-LGS (S.D.N.Y.); In re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litig., No. 11-md-2262 (S.D.N.Y.); Alaska Elec. Pension Fund, et al. v. Bank of Am. Corp., et al., No. 14 Civ. 7126-JMF (S.D.N.Y.);  In re Crude Oil Commodity Futures Litig., No. 11-cv-3600 (S.D.N.Y.); and In re London Silver Fixing, Ltd. Antitrust Litig., No. 14-md-2573 (S.D.N.Y.).

The National Law Journal recently featured Mr. Dell’Angelo in its profile of Berger Montague for a special annual report entitled “Plaintiffs’ Hot List.” The National Law Journal’s Hot List identifies the top plaintiff practices in the country. The Hot List profile focused on Mr. Dell’Angelo’s role in the MF Global litigation (In re MF Global Holding Ltd. Inv. Litig., No. 12-MD-2338-VM (S.D.N.Y.)). In MF Global, Mr. Dell’Angelo represented former commodity account holders seeking to recover approximately $1.6 billion of secured customer funds after the highly publicized collapse of MF Global, a major commodities brokerage. At the outset of this high-risk litigation, the odds appeared grim: MF Global had declared bankruptcy, leaving the corporate officers, a bank, and a commodity exchange as the only prospect for the recovery of class’s misappropriated funds. Nonetheless, four years later, a result few would have believed possible was achieved. Through a series of settlements, the former commodity account holders recovered more than 100 percent of their missing funds, totaling over $1.6 billion.

Mr. Dell’Angelo has been recognized consistently as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, a distinction conferred upon him annually since 2007.  He is regularly invited to speak at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and other seminars and conferences, both locally and abroad. In response to his recent CLE, “How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator,” Mr. Dell’Angelo was singled out as “One of the best CLE speakers [attendees] have had the pleasure to see.”

Press Coverage

Quoted in PacerMonitor‘s article “What Elon Musk and Roseanne Barr Have in Common”

Mention on Law360‘s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Broadway Producers Drop Cartel Claims Against Casting Cos.

Professional Leadership

  • December 10, 2015 – Pepper Hamilton Annual Antitrust Developments Update CLE Event, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • November 7, 2014 – Negotiating Antitrust Disputes for Small-to-Medium Sized Businesses, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • February 1, 2013 – Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • October 21, 2011 – Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • July 7, 2011 – Jumping Witness Examination Hurdles, National Business Institute, National Teleconference
  • October 28, 2010 – Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • March 19, 2009 – The Art of Settlement, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • March 19, 2008 – Identifying and Preventing Securities Fraud, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • March 28, 2007 – The Art of Settlement, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • November 28, 2006 – Class Action Update: Today’s Trends & Strategies for Success, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • June 22, 2005 – A Critical Update on the Class Action Fairness Act in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • March 10, 2005 – Litigating the Class Action in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • June 24, 2004 – Fundamentals of Antitrust Law: Horizontal and Vertical Restraints, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • October 10, 2003 – Current Issues in Retaining and Using Experts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • October 9, 2003 – Litigating the Class Action in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Business and Community Leadership

  • Director, St. Martins’ Train Station Committee

Judicial Praise:

From Timothy C. Batten of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, when granting final approval of the class action settlement in In re NetBank, Inc. Securities Litigation, C.A. No. 07-CV-2298-TCB (N.D. Ga.):

“It’s hard to imagine a class action being litigated more appropriately, forcefully, hard fought.” “[T]he right word for the conduct and performance of the lawyers … in this case would be exemplary.”

From Philip M. Pro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada when awarding counsel’s fee in Brown v. Kinross, C.A. No. 02-605 (D.NV.):

“I commend all of you for the work that you’ve put into it….all of you have done an excellent job and it has been a pleasure to have you in front of me.”

In the News

Credentials

Education:

Law School

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.

Undergraduate

Connecticut College, B.A.

Honors & Awards:

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)*


* No Rising Stars publication in 2009.


AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Publications


  • Former Third Circuit Editor of the American Bar Association’s quarterly publication, Class Action, and Derivative Suits

  • Private Antitrust Litigation 2014, Plaintiff overview, Global Competition Review (2013)


For the National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA:



For the Pennsylvania Bar Institute:



  • Current Issues in Retaining and Using Experts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 10, 2003


Admissions

Member – Pennsylvania Bar

Member – New Jersey Bar


Admitted – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Admitted – District of New Jersey

Admitted – Northern District of Illinois

Admitted – Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted – Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals


Clerkships

Honorable Richard A. Levie, Superior Court, D.C., Presiding Judge, Civil Division (Extern).


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