Michael has more than 15 years of litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels in the state, federal and bankruptcy courts. His practice focuses on commercial and business litigation, with emphasis on banking, commercial lending, FDIC receiverships, transportation and logistics, merger and acquisition disputes and cases involving claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts against corporate officers.
Represented large national bank in numerous commercial matters involving various types of depositor accounts, trusts, mortgages and foreclosure actions.
Obtained dismissal on summary judgment, later affirmed on appeal, of claims of fraud, RICO violations, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts against commercial lender and its officers, and subsequently obtained $18.4 million summary judgment on lender's counterclaims.
Currently representing former officers of failed banks in various actions in state and federal courts involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other business torts.
Represented national carhaul company in commercial and bankruptcy matters in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, including disputes over $230 million credit facility.
Represented regional lenders in complex litigation arising out of commercial loan participation agreements.
Obtained defense verdict in favor of large national bank in jury trial in case involving dispute over authority to control commercial account.
Obtained permanent injunction in favor of asphalt contractor in bench trial relating to protection of trade secrets under Georgia Open Records Act and Georgia Trade Secrets Act. Obtained affirmance of trial verdict on appeal in Douglas Asphalt Co. v. E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc., 282 Ga. App. 546 (2006).
Represented purchaser in multi-million dollar suit for breaches of merger agreement.
Represented national healthcare company in commercial and tort matters, including claims of vicarious liability in medical malpractice actions and appellate challenges to Georgia's 2005 tort reform laws.
Upheld enforceability of limitation of liability clause in case affirming the grant of summary judgment in favor of client in Flanigan v. Executive Office Centers, Inc., 249 Ga. App. 14; 546 S.E.2d 559 (2001).
Represented large financial entities in consumer class action lawsuits alleging violations of Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Obtained dismissal of action alleging breach of contract and business torts against Georgia Power Company in On-Site Fuel Service, Inc. v. Georgia Power Company, CA No. 3:01CV103BN (S.D. Miss. 2001).
Represented First Union Corporation in securities actions brought by SunTrust Bank and shareholder class action actions challenging the merger between First Union Corporation and Wachovia Corporation.
Represented various businesses in a wide variety of contract, real estate, and business tort issues.
Selected as a Georgia "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine, 2005 and 2006.
Troutman Sanders LLP, 1995-present
· State Bar of Georgia
· Atlanta Bar Association
· Litigation Counsel of America
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