The Law School Magazine  ·  Fall 2009 :

Michael Briley: Law and the BCS

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Michael Briley is one of those lawyers who are fortunate to have what every young lawyer needs: a mentor.

“When I got out of law school, I went to practice at a firm and there was a national expert on antitrust law at the firm (Fred Fuller),” Briley said. “He chose me to work for him, and he was my mentor. He was a tremendous teacher, and I have just fallen in love with antitrust law. I love reading the cases, and it has become a hobby for me.”

Briley practiced with Fuller until the firm closed its doors 25 years ago. He moved on to Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, where he is a partner and antitrust expert.

“Antitrust law in our country works well, and I don’t think Congress will be changing it anytime soon,” Briley said. “It fits with the free enterprise tradition in this country.”

Briley is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, past chairman of the Antitrust Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association, and a member of the Litigation Section and Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Ohio State Board of Bar Examiners and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the antitrust category.

When he is not practicing law, Briley is an avid fisherman and a self-described “average golfer.” “My favorite place to fish is Alaska, and I am a member at Belmont Country Club in Toledo.”

And, of course, he is a Buckeye fan. In 2002, when the Buckeyes won the National Championship in the Fiesta Bowl, Briley happened to be in Arizona, but couldn’t score tickets. “I watched the game in a bar in Arizona. It was the best college football game in history.”

His favorite memory of Ohio State was the 1967 Ohio State vs. Michigan game. “We won 50-13 and late in the fourth quarter Woody Hayes went for the two-point conversion. When asked after the game why he did that, he said ‘because I could.’”

Mike and his wife, Sandy, a third-grade teacher, have two children: Michael Jr., a physics professor at the University of Wisconsin, and Karen, a research chemist at Mt. Sinai in New York City. They are also the proud grandparents of Alex, Lisa, and Magnus.