University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, 1993
2000, New York; 2003, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; 2005, U.S Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
New York, N.Y., November 30, 1971
Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in the New York Metro area, 2015. Featured in Lawdragon's “Lawyer Limelight” column, May 2014. Selected for inclusion in the New York Metropolitan editions of Super Lawyers, 2013-15. Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's Client Distinction Award, 2013-15. Panel Judge for ALM’s Rising Stars, 2013-14. Selected for inclusion in the 2011 New York Metropolitan edition of Super Lawyers — Rising Stars. Recognized in 2007 by Lawyers USA as one of eight "up and coming" lawyers in the nation. Recipient of the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) 2006 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. "The Supreme Court's Proximate Cause Analysis Under RICO: A Distinction Between Direct and Foreseeable Harm," NY Litigator, Summer 2011 (republished in RICO Law Reporter, September 2011); "Building and Managing a Small Law Firm," Fordham University School of Law, 2011-12, 2014; "Wall Street Meltdown Puts Boards on the "Hot Seat," Practical Law Institute, 2009; "RICO Damages After Set-Off: Treble vs. Double Recoveries," N.Y.L.J., March 10, 2008 (republished in RICO Law Reporter, May 2008); "Civil RICO: Legal Overview and Tactical Considerations," New York State Bar Association, 2006 & 2007; "The Khmer Rouge: An Analysis of One of the World's Most Brutal Regimes," as published in To Oppose Any Foe: The Legacy of U.S. Intervention in Vietnam, 2006. Executive Committee Member of NYSBA's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Co-Chair of that Section's Federal Procedure Committee. Vice President (2011-) and Board Member (2003-) of American Friends of the Kigali Public Library. Principal, The Law Office of Michael C. Rakower, P.C., 2005-2012. Of Counsel, The Law Offices of Gordon Mehler, PLLC, 2005-2012. Senior Law Clerk, The Hon. Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2004. Of Counsel, The Legal Aid Society, Prisoner's Rights Project, 2003. Legal Researcher, Office of the Prosecutor, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 2002. Associate, Latham & Watkins, 1999-2002. Managing Board, Virginia Journal of International Law, 1998-1999.