In 1978, far before joining Hausfeld, Michael joined the Furth, Fahrner & Mason law firm and began practicing antitrust and business litigation. He was at that firm until 2007; it was the Furth & Lehmann firm when he left, with him having achieved the title of Managing Partner. In 2007, Michael left the Furth firm to set up the San Francisco office of Cohen Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, where he was a partner. When the separate Hausfeld firm was created in November of 2008, he left Cohen Milstein and joined Hausfeld as one of the founding partners and has worked there ever since.
Over the past 40 years, Michael played significant roles (including several co-lead positions) on the plaintiffs’ side in major antitrust class actions, such as the Brand Name Prescription Drug Antitrust Litigation, the Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Antitrust Litigation, the Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) Antitrust Litigation, the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, the TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, the Cosmetics Antitrust Litigation, the Graphics Processing Units (GPU) Antitrust Litigation, the Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust Litigation, the Publication Paper Antitrust Litigation, the High Pressure Laminates Antitrust Litigation, the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery Antitrust Litigation, and the Intel Microprocessor Antitrust Litigation.
During the first part of his career at the Furth firm, Michael did extensive defense work for a varied roster of clients, such as the Santa Fe Southern Pacific Railway Co., Sprint Communications Co., Kellogg Co., Grolier Inc., News Inc., Columbia Pictures, Georgia-Pacific Co., and William Sullivan (former owner of the New England Patriots). He was among those representing these entities as either defendants in class action antitrust litigation, plaintiffs in individual antitrust cases, defendants in proceedings brought by the Federal Trade Commission, petitioners in proceedings before the United States Food and Drug Administration, or respondents in arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce. During this phase of his career, Mr. Lehmann helped Kellogg defeat a charge by the FTC that it and other ready-to-eat cereal companies engaged in a “shared monopoly” and wrote submissions to the FDA that caused it to permit certain types of health claims on food labels.
Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1977
University of California at Berkeley, A.B., 1974
Member, American Bar Association
WHAT OTHERS SAY
- Best Lawyer, Antitrust Law since 2013
Global Competition Review
- Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice, an honor he received twice:
- As part of the In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation case team in 2021
- As part of the In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation case team in 2015
- Hall of Fame since 2022 – described by Lawdragon as "outstanding lawyers who have made remarkable contributions as leaders, litigators, dealmakers, power brokers, judges and innovators."
- Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer since 2019
- Recommended Lawyer, Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Plaintiff in 2019
- Super Lawyer, Antitrust Litigation in San Francisco since 2011
Who's Who Legal
- Recommended Lawyer, Competition: Plaintiff since 2018
- Global Leader, Competition: Plaintiff in 2019
"Michael Lehmann possesses over 40 years of experience in the antitrust arena and regularly handles major antitrust class actions." (Who’s Who Legal, Competition - Plaintiff - Legal Marketplace Analysis, 2022)
- Recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell Judicial AV Preeminent rating year-after-year.