Michael R. Young - Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Michael R. Young

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 212-728-8280

Michael R. Young is a litigation partner whose practice concentrates on securities and financial reporting with a particular emphasis in accounting issues.

Mike is Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice and concentrates on the representation of companies, audit committees, officers, directors, accounting firms, and investment banks in domestic and international securities class actions, SEC and other governmental proceedings, and special committee investigations. His trial work includes the landmark jury verdict for the defense in the first securities class action tried before a jury pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Chambers USA (2015) ranks Mike in Band 1 for Litigation – Securities.

Mike has served as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council to the Financial Accounting Standards Board.  He also serves as Chair of the Financial Reporting Committee of the New York City Bar Association and as counsel to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the newly-formed Center for Audit Quality. He has been described by Chambers (USA) as "the best lawyer in the city" for accounting firm-related disputes, been profiled in Lawdragon magazine among its "500 Leading Lawyers in America," been named by U.S. News as one of the "best lawyers" in the U.S., been described by New York magazine as one of New York City’s "best lawyers," been listed as a "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation, and been named by Accounting Today as one of the "top 100 most influential people in accounting."

Mike's clients include a former Chairman of the SEC, a former Chief Accountant of the SEC, a former Chairman of a Senate investigative committee, and other such officials in their capacity as members of boards of directors or audit committees. They also include most of the largest accounting firms and numerous public companies and their officials.

Duke University School of LawJ.D. 1981Allegheny CollegeBA 1978

Client Comments

"While all the Willkie Farr & Gallagher lawyers I have used are excellent, Mike Young stands out as one of the best trial and appellate advocates I have met. His responsiveness and written advocacy skills are second to none. Additionally, his knowledge of the accounting profession enables him to provide direct, useful, and practical advice in my field."

-Scott Univer
General Counsel
WeiserMazars LLP

"Michael Young is an exceptional attorney with a good understanding of complex cases. He directs his staff well."

Office Location

787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
United States


Practice Areas

Litigation - Securities