Summary

Michael is senior counsel in Taft’s Commercial Litigation practice group. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts and arbitral fora throughout the country. Michael has represented plaintiffs and defendants involving claims about antitrust statues, business transactions, constitutional law, consumer-protection laws, contracts, allegedly fraudulent transfers, intellectual property (including information that is allegedly confidential, proprietary, or trade secret), and securities matters. He represents clients in various industries, including highly regulated industries such as retail automotive, cannabis, and finance.

Michael also counsels clients in anticipation of possible litigation, potential exposure to suit, avoidance of litigation, and internal investigation of claims. He also counsels clients in order to avoid dispute altogether, particularly on governance issues for business improvement districts and other not-for-profit organizations. He has also successfully represented a number of naturalization applicants in their pursuit of United States citizenship. Previously, Michael was an associate in the New York office of an international law firm and a law clerk to Judge Andrea R. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Education

  • Yale Law School
  • Yale University

    B.A. - Religious Studies, With Distinction

Admissions

  • State - Michigan
  • State - New York

Notable Matters

Representative Engagements of Major Financial Institutions:

  • Secured favorable settlement for defendant in putative class action seeking damages that may have bankrupted the company; matter settled for less than one-tenth of one percent of claimed damages following aggressive briefing and settlement negotiations.
  • Obtained a dismissal of a suit arising out of the plaintiffs’ investments in a now-bankrupt oil exploration company in Brazil and asserting claims under a variety of fraud-based theories.
  • Secured favorable settlements of a putative antitrust class action and related action brought by a federal regulator concerning trading in electricity markets.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement of a putative class action alleging impermissible deductions of fees in connection with the conversion of foreign currency into U.S. dollars before distributing the cash to American depositary receipt holders.

Speeches and Publications

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan

    Member

  • Federal Bar Association

    Member

  • American Bar Association

    Member