Michael R. Sklaire focuses his practice on government investigations, business crimes, and financial litigation and regulation. He has wide-ranging experience as a trial lawyer, including more than 11 years with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). He handles jury trials, non-jury trials and arbitrations, both domestic and international. Michael represents corporations and executives before federal grand juries, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other government agencies. He also provides corporate compliance advice and conducts internal investigations in matters relating to procurement fraud and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Michael is frequently quoted in national publications as having wide-ranging experience handling public corruption, securities fraud and parallel civil and criminal investigations. He has published numerous articles and frequently lectures on a variety of legal issues.
Michael's commercial litigation practice focuses primarily on assisting clients in the financial services industry including local and national banks, consumer finance companies and mortgage bankers. He has provided valuable litigation assistance to corporate clients on issues relating to consumer fraud, identity theft, predatory lending and the securitization of mortgages, including successful representation of corporate clients before federal courts of appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Michael is licensed to practice in the federal and states courts in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he is the Immediate Past Chair of the Federal Bar Association's Criminal Law Section, and is a member of the Criminal Justice Section of the District of Columbia Bar.
Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Connecticut where he was assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force. In that position, he prosecuted the mayor of Connecticut's largest city on bribery and racketeering charges. Prior to that, Michael was assigned to the Criminal Division of the DOJ from which he supervised and prosecuted complex investigations in the Western District of Texas, Southern District of California and Northern District of Illinois.
During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael was presented the U.S. Attorney's award for Superior Performance in 2004 and the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award in 1997. In addition, he has been profiled as one of Virginia's top attorneys in the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine.
Areas of Concentration
•Government investigations - civil and criminal
•CFPB enforcement and examinations
•Loan origination and servicing issues
Awards & Recognition
• Legal Elite, Virginia Business magazine
•Recipient, United States Attorneys Award for Superior Performance, 2004
•Recipient, Attorney Generals Distinguished Service Award, 1997
Associated News & Events
04.22.09 Leading Litigation Attorneys David G. Barger and Michael R. Sklaire Join Greenberg Traurig's Tysons Corner Office
01.26.11 Wiretaps, Electronic Searches And The 4th Amendment
11.16.12 DOJ and SEC Release New Guidance on FCPA: More Clarity but Few Bright Lines
10.03.12 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Guidance for Opposing and Modifying Civil Investigative Demands
05.15.12 Virginia Supreme Court Requires Face-to-Face Meeting Prior to Commencing Foreclosures on FHA-Backed Loans
09.13.11 Mortgage Industry to Face Centralized Repository for State Regulatory Enforcement Actions - Deadline for Comments is September 20, 2011
01.14.10 SEC Announces New Enforcement Initiatives, Updates Enforcement Manual to Credit Cooperation
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
Articles and Publications
•Quoted, Innocent Homeowners Could be Sued After Alleged Dirty Development Deal, WUSA9, February 27, 2015
•Author, Corporate Parallel Prosecutions, www.legallybrief.com, October 7, 2008
•Author, Milberg, LLP's Post-Indictment Deal: New DOJ Approach To Criminal Settlements? Washington Legal Foundation, July 25, 2008
•Author, Administrative Subpoenas Blur the Line Between Civil and Criminal Enforcement, Washington Legal Foundation, December 2, 2005
•Author, Deferred Prosecution Agreements: What Is the Cost Of Staying in Business? Washington Legal Foundation, June 3, 2005
•Author, Federal Court Ruling Will Impact SEC's Ability to Freeze Assets Under Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Washington Legal Foundation, January 28, 2005
GT Client Alerts
•Co-Author, DOJ and SEC Release New Guidance on FCPA: More Clarity but Few Bright Lines, GT Alert, November 16, 2012
•Co-Author, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Guidance for Opposing and Modifying Civil Investigative Demands, GT Alert, October 3, 2012
•Co-Author, Virginia Supreme Court Requires Face-to-Face Meeting Prior to Commencing Foreclosures on FHA-Backed Loans, GT Alert, May 15, 2012
•Co-Author, Mortgage Industry to Face Centralized Repository for State Regulatory Enforcement Actions - Deadline for Comments is September 20, 2011, GT Alert, September 13, 2011
•Co-Author, SEC Announces New Enforcement Initiatives, Updates Enforcement Manual to Credit Cooperation, January 14, 2010
•Speaker, Tackling Tough International Issues: Cross-Border Privilege & Anti-Corruption Laws, In-house seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 23, 2013
(Also at McLean, Virginia Office)