Michael represents organizations and individuals in a wide variety of investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by federal, state and foreign government agencies. His practice focuses on white collar criminal, civil and administrative matters involving the regulation of the health care industry, FDA regulation of medical device companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers, securities enforcement, investment adviser regulation, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export and trade regulation, public corruption and campaign finance law. Michael has defended numerous cases brought under the U.S. Civil False Claims Act, litigating these cases successfully in federal district court and the federal courts of appeals. Michael also uses his extensive experience defending organizations to assist clients with the design and implementation of compliance systems that help prevent violations of law.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray LLP, Michael was a federal prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was responsible for grand jury investigations and prosecutions involving extortion, bribery, conflict of interest, and other offenses committed by public officials. During his tenure at the Public Integrity Section, Michael also conducted preliminary investigations of high-ranking federal officials to determine whether the Attorney General should request the appointment of an Independent Counsel. Michael joined the Department of Justice under the Attorney General’s Honors Program following a clerkship with U.S. District Judge A. David Mazzone (D. Massachusetts). Michael has served as co-leader of the firm’s Government Enforcement Practice Group.
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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