Michael C. Rakower

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  • Partner at Rakower Law PLLC (2 Attorneys)
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Selected as a "Recognized Practitioner" by Chambers USA, 2017-18. Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in the New York Metro area, 2015-2018. America's Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement Member, 2016. Featured in Lawdragon's “Lawyer Limelight” column, May 2014. Selected for inclusion in the New York Metropolitan editions of Super Lawyers, 2013-18. Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's Patinum Client Champion Award, 2017-2018. Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's Client Distinction Award, 2013-17. Panel Judge for ALM’s Rising Stars, 2013-16. 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.


“Seeking Benefits Owed Under an ERISA Top-Hat Plan: A Primer for Litigators,” N.Y.L.J., July 5, 2017 (republished in NYLitigator, Fall 2017); “Statutory Indemnification of Officers and Directors: Foresight is Power,” N.Y.L.J., October 26, 2015, (republished in NYLitigator, Spring 2016); “Guidance on Proposed Federal Rules,” N.Y.L.J., December 6, 2013 (letter to the editor); "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.

Associations & Memberships

Vice President (2011-2015) and Board Member (2003-2015) 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.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • State Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil RICO
  • FINRA Arbitration
  • Antitrust
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Private Equity Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212-660-5553  Phone
212-660-5551  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1999
Year of First Admission:
2005, U.S Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 2003, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 2003, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; 2000, New York
Federal Bar Council; American Inns of Court; New York State Bar Association.
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., November 30, 1971

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (15 reviews)
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