Michael is an experienced counselor, trial lawyer, and appellate advocate. He has obtained favorable outcomes as counsel to individuals and companies in a wide range of forums, including state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Chambers USA has described Michael as “a fantastic trial lawyer” who “provides white-collar criminal defense to both individual and corporate clients as part of his wider litigation practice.”
Michael’s practice includes complex commercial disputes, securities and other class action litigation, banking litigation, antitrust, accountants’ liability, and employment law. His white collar practice focuses on the defense of companies and individuals in federal and state criminal and regulatory investigations involving allegations of securities, insurance and accounting fraud, antitrust violations, improper trading practices, market manipulation, tax fraud, and money laundering. Michael has successfully represented corporate and individual clients in a wide range of public and private corruption investigations, including allegations of bribery and kickbacks impacting federal procurement programs and mismanagement of healthcare funding programs and public and private employment benefit and retirement plans. Michael also defends individuals in investigations involving alleged violations of federal campaign finance and political interference laws — including one of the most high-profile subjects of the Special Counsel investigation into alleged interference with the U.S. 2016 Presidential election – in each instance successfully resolving them without charges. He also has extensive experience handling civil and criminal RICO cases.
Prior to co-founding Sher Tremonte, Michael was a partner at Cohen & Gresser LLP and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Previously, he worked as an associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.