Michael is a commercial litigator with experience at all stages of the dispute resolution process. He has successfully represented clients in matters before state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, as well as several arbitral forums such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the American Arbitration Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He also has experience defending investigations and enforcement actions brought by government and industry regulators.
Michael's experience includes representing:
- an institutional lender defending claims asserted by more than a dozen privatized military housing development projects seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in allegedly inflated interest rates and fees
- a placement-agent defending securities and common-law claims asserted by investors in a now-defunct biotechnology company. All claims were dismissed at the pleadings stage
- two individuals named as defendants in the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit concerning an alleged illegal conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 United States presidential election. All claims were dismissed at the pleadings stage
- a commodities trading company in litigation arising from the delivery of allegedly contaminated fuel oils
- a broker-dealer in multi-forum litigation initiated by a Luxembourg-based liquidator seeking to over $500 million for fraud, gross-negligence, and breach of contract. A FINRA arbitration Panel ultimately dismissed all claims against Michael's client and awarded attorneys' fees*
- a Singapore-based shipping company in litigation concerning the confirmation of an international arbitral award and issues of maritime law, in which Michael obtained the vacatur of a maritime lien issued against his client on jurisdictional grounds
- a Big 4 accounting firm in accounting malpractice action, in which Michael obtained dismissal of all claims at the pleadings stage*
- a publicly traded software company against international entertainment company’s claims for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. Successfully moved trial court to dismiss the tort claims and cap the permissible damages, after which the remaining claims were favorably settled*
- debtors and creditors in disputes concerning secured lenders' rights to recover post-petition interest and whether a debtor's proposed issuance of replacement notes satisfied the requirements of the United States bankruptcy code*
*Indicates experience acquired at a previous firm.
Michael received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Southern California. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, he was an associate at another international law firm. Michael is a member of the New York State Bar Association.