Cryptocurrencies: Are They Securities?
Michael is recognized as a leading trial lawyer who has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous trials to verdict in federal and state courts, and is among the few lawyers in the country who have defended a securities class action trial to verdict. That trial was recognized as one of the "Top Defense Verdicts" in California by the Daily Journal.
He regularly counsels public and private companies regarding securities, corporate governance and disclosure issues, and has represented numerous board committees and accounting firms in connection with investigatory and litigation matters. He also frequently advises multi-national corporations and executives based in Asia and Europe with respect to business disputes and securities matters. His successful representation of clients in high-profile securities and corporate governance disputes has been widely reported by the media (Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, New York Times, Fortune), and he was recognized as one of the "Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018.
Michael has moderated and spoken at numerous events on securities law and corporate governance developments. In addition, as a past faculty member of the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program, Michael has taught business executives and leaders on a number of subjects, including cross-border litigation, risk management and securities and accounting liability issues.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and serves as the Editor and Chair of the Court Alerts Committee. He previously served as the Co-Chair of the Federal Courts Committee and Co-Chair of the Breakfast at the Bar Committee. He served as a Lawyer Representative for the Central District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 2006-2009. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the monthly Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter.
Michael is the Chair of Orrick's Technology Committee, and also serves as Vice Chair of the firm's Professional Development Committee.
Michael is a preapproved panel counsel member of AIG's Directors & Officers (Securities Claims) Panel.
Michael's notable representations include the following.