Michael represents executives and corporations when legal challenges threaten their business direction. His experience in state and federal courts extends to cases involving alleged accounting violations, breaches of contract and warranties, deceptive trade practices, defamation, violations of fiduciary duties, fraudulent conveyances, securities violations and gross negligence. In cases venued across the country, Michael has worked on cases in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
As a member of the Technology, Manufacturing, & Transportation team, Michael additionally defends clients in mass tort, multidistrict and class action litigation. He has extensive motion practice experience, drafting pleadings and case-critical motions. Michael has also coordinated various levels of discovery, including e-discovery, interviewing witnesses and defending institutional deponents. Additionally, he was part of a specialized discovery team for a large financial institution.
Michael's background in complex commercial litigation includes the representation of financial institutions and technology companies. His practice encompasses a range of goods and services, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals and educational institutions. His class action experience includes advertising and marketing practices, shareholder litigation, securities fraud, derivative actions and fiduciary duty claims against officers and directors, as well as state deceptive trade practice statutes.
Michael represents plaintiffs and defendants, particularly financial institutions, in American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations in allegations relating to statutory and common-law fraud and suitability violations, along with conspiracy and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Michael's experience also extends to counseling corporations in litigation avoidance, escheat under unclaimed property laws, and issues arising out of commercial agreements, such as representations and warranties in mergers and liability under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Before joining the firm, Michael was an associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Prior to his work at Skadden, Michael clerked for United States District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro in the District of Massachusetts.
•Columbia University, Alumni Representative Committee
• The Hon. Joseph L. Tauro, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2010-2011
• U.S. Attorney's Office, Appellate Division, North District of New York, 2010
•Part of a team that obtained dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit against former subsidiary of large financial institution where plaintiffs had alleged fraud, insufficient loan loss reserves, and violations of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
•Secured summary judgment for provider of educational services, defeating plaintiff's claims of educational malpractice and deceptive trade practices.
•Favorably defended large financial institution against claims of securities fraud.
•Counseled pharmaceutical corporation on escheat and unclaimed property laws.
•Represented individual criminal defendants in appeals of criminal convictions.
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