Michael C. Rakower

Michael C. Rakower: Attorney with Rakower Law PLLC

Biography

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.

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • State Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil RICO
  • FINRA Arbitration
  • Antitrust
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Civil Rights

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212-660-5550  Phone
212-660-5551  Fax
www.rakowerlaw.com
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:
2000
Admission:
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
Memberships:
Federal Bar Council; American Inns of Court; New York State Bar Association.
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., November 30, 1971
ISLN:
914988234

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (15)
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    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/04/11 in General Practice on 11/04/11

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 by a Judge on 09/28/11 in Litigation on 09/28/11

    Michael is a brilliant highly motivated lawyer of extraordinary skill.

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    Michael is a brilliant highly motivated lawyer of extraordinary skill.

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 09/27/11 in Arbitration on 09/27/11

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    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 09/27/11 in Commercial Litigation on 09/27/11

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    5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 09/19/11 in Government on 09/19/11

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    5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 09/19/11 in Litigation on 09/19/11

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    5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 09/19/11 in Criminal Law on 09/19/11

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 09/06/11 in Litigation on 09/06/11

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 09/06/11 in Business Litigation on 09/06/11

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 08/29/11 in Commercial Litigation on 08/29/11

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 on 11/18/15 on 11/18/15

    I became involved in a civil case as a non-party and in a way that I felt affected me unfairly. Michael was well-attuned to the unique nature of the case and developed s...

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    I became involved in a civil case as a non-party and in a way that I felt affected me unfairly. Michael was well-attuned to the unique nature of the case and developed sensible strategies that protected my interests. There was an ease and efficiency in communicating with Michael; he was always responsive to my questions and concerns. I had full trust in his legal abilities and am grateful for his thorough representation.

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 on 07/17/15 on 07/17/15

    Michael recently helped settle an on-going dispute, with the right amount of aggression and diplomacy. Michael is very hardworking and willing to go the extra mile to fin...

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    Michael recently helped settle an on-going dispute, with the right amount of aggression and diplomacy. Michael is very hardworking and willing to go the extra mile to find that right case law or issue that will leverage his client's position. Michael was very open about the billing and is forthright with the estimates and checks before incurring extra expenses when they are required. Highly recommended, someone who will go all out to fight for you.

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    5.0/5.0 on 07/17/15 on 07/17/15

    Michael recently helped settle an on-going dispute, with the right amount of aggression and diplomacy. Michael is very hardworking and willing to go the extra mile to fin...

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    Michael recently helped settle an on-going dispute, with the right amount of aggression and diplomacy. Michael is very hardworking and willing to go the extra mile to find that right case law or issue that will leverage his client's position. Michael was very open about the billing and is forthright with the estimates and checks before incurring extra expenses when they are required. Highly recommended, someone who will go all out to fight for you.

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 on 12/04/14 on 12/04/14

    Michael Rakower is an exceptionally talented and bright lawyer. He is extremely efficient, resourceful, and knowledgeable. He is a consummate professional. I would unequi...

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    Michael Rakower is an exceptionally talented and bright lawyer. He is extremely efficient, resourceful, and knowledgeable. He is a consummate professional. I would unequivocally recommend him to anyone who is in need of a fantastic lawyer. I was very impressed with the work he did for my company. He is the "go-to" professional for all legal related matters.

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 on 11/20/13 on 11/20/13

    He is a very decent and honest professional, something that is not easy to find in a lawyer.

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    He is a very decent and honest professional, something that is not easy to find in a lawyer.

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 on 10/28/13 on 10/28/13

    I used Michael Rakower in the past on an individual matter, and recommended to our CEO that we use his expertise for our Company. Michael has an excellent ability to und...

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    I used Michael Rakower in the past on an individual matter, and recommended to our CEO that we use his expertise for our Company. Michael has an excellent ability to understand both the goals of his client along with empathizing with the opposite party’s position. His prior mentioned skill allows him to move both parties to an amicable solution in a very timely manner, and both parties walk away happy. My only wish I could use Michael for all my legal needs.

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 on 09/13/13 on 09/13/13

    Knowledgeable, professional and extremely easy to work with, I will go back to Michael if I whenever need the services of an attorney

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    Knowledgeable, professional and extremely easy to work with, I will go back to Michael if I whenever need the services of an attorney

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  • Michael C. Rakower

    5.0/5.0 on 07/12/13 on 07/12/13

    I am a Mr Rakower's return customer. We had a case about a year ago and it was resolved brilliantly. Our second case was resolved a few weeks ago with the same excellent...

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    I am a Mr Rakower's return customer. We had a case about a year ago and it was resolved brilliantly. Our second case was resolved a few weeks ago with the same excellent results. Michael is exceptionally talented lawyer and is not greedy in his billing. He is very conscious in the way time is used. I highly recommend Mr Rakower to whoever would like a happy ending to their cases.

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