Clients appreciate Michael’s decades of experience litigating against some of the country’s largest accounting and law firms, as well as his inside knowledge of how regulators approach cases, gleaned through his work for the RTC and FDIC.

Overview

Michael helps clients resolve complex business disputes efficiently and cost effectively. His novel approach to such cases often includes pre-lawsuit mediation and case evaluation and the extensive use of ADR and mini-trials confined to the essential issues in dispute. Every effort is made to resolve disputes at an early stage as opposed to traditional, costly litigation. When cases cannot be resolved quickly, Michael leads the litigation effort vigorously and tenaciously always with an eye toward demonstrating to the opposing party and tribunal the lack of merit to his adversary’s position.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as Senior Counsel to the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), the federal agency created by Congress in 1989 to resolve the savings and loan crises. In that capacity, he directed the litigation efforts of the staff in over 50,000 lawsuits, oversaw the negotiation and documentation of complex acquisitions of failed financial institutions, and advised the RTC division directors and deputies in all aspects of the operation of a federal agency. Before joining the RTC, Michael served as a Senior Attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, D.C. His government experience also included the drafting of major legislation and implementing regulations governing the operation of federal agencies.

Experience

Counsel to Fortune 100 company in complex multi-party construction litigation concerning damages to natural gas turbine generator.

Counsel to NYSE listed data center Reit in dispute over project development with competing data center developer.

Counsel to insurance providers under the federal crop insurance program in disputes with USDA concerning sharing of gains and losses.

Counsel to both government and non-government clients in Inspector General Audits and investigations as well as Congressional investigations.

Extensive experience in representing financial institutions, court appointed agents and trustees in real estate workouts, asset acquisitions, and sales. These transactions involve luxury hotels, real estate developments, and other significant business assets. In addition, Michael has extensive experience in appeals, primarily at the federal level. In fact, he has argued more than 30 appeals in nearly every federal circuit across the country.

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Speaking Engagements

Michael has spoken at numerous seminars and public meetings on topics related to complex litigation involving commercial and mortgage banking and financial institution insolvency.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Virginia, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Sixth and District of Columbia Circuits 
  • Various U.S. district courts throughout the country

Education

University of Tennessee, J.D., 1985

University of Tennessee, B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, 1980

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