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, internal investigations, 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 defends clients in mass tort, multidistrict and class action litigation. He has extensive motion practice experience, drafting pleadings and case-critical motions, and he oversees a team of attorneys in this capacity. Michael has also coordinated various levels of discovery, including e-discovery, interviewing witnesses and defending institutional deponents. Additionally, he was a member of a discovery team for a large financial institution.
Michael is a member of the firm’s appellate group. In this capacity, he ensures compliance with rules of appellate procedure and authors appellate briefs.
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, product mislabeling of food and consumer goods, product defects, shareholder litigation, securities fraud, derivative actions and fiduciary duty claims against officers and directors, as well as state deceptive trade practice statutes.
Michael previously represented 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.