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Overview

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.

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.


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Education

  • J.D., Cornell Law School
      • ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition
      • Cornell Law Review, senior articles editor
      • Cornell Law School Moot Court Board
      • Cuccia Cup Moot Court Competition, quarterfinalist
      • Langfan Family First Year Moot Court Competition, quarterfinalist
      • Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition, second-best brief, quarterfinalist
      • M. Carr and Marian Ferguson Law Scholarship
      • Simon-Rosenzweig – H. Sol Tunick Memorial Scholarship
  • B.A., Columbia University
    • Philosophy
      • Dean's List

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Languages

  • Russian, conversant
Experience
  • Assisted in obtaining dismissal of case against client, a leader in designing, manufacturing and retailing home furnishings, in a matter involving requests of personal information under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.
  • Successfully defended a Fortune 500 manufacturer of commercial and consumer goods in a putative class action against allegations of a product defect, helping secure an early dismissal.
  • Attained dismissal with prejudice for a global technology company regarding breach of contract, warranty and tort claims under California law.
  • Helped achieve settlement of putative class action involving food mislabeling claims.
  • Part of a team that obtained dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit against former subsidiary of large financial institution where plaintiffs had alleged fraud, insufficient loan loss reserves and violations of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Secured summary judgment for provider of educational services, defeating plaintiff’s claims of educational malpractice and deceptive trade practices.
  • Favorably defended large financial institution against claims of securities fraud.
  • Counseled pharmaceutical corporation on escheat and unclaimed property laws.
  • Represented individual criminal defendants in appeals of criminal convictions.
Community Leadership
  • Columbia University, Alumni Representative Committee