What Makes Michael Deliberately Different
Michael has a passion for both the practice of the law and fine watchmaking. He finds they share many of the same qualities, including strategic planning, complex preparation and incorporation of many intricate moving pieces combining to produce a seamlessly elegant and reliable result. Michael specializes in manipulating the complex legal landscape to obtain favorable outcomes for his clients.
Michael focuses his practice on insurance issues, including professional liability and property and casualty coverage. Before coming to Sedgwick, Michael worked for a New York law firm specializing in complex business disputes. There he litigated an array of matters, including disputes involving the financial services industry and various intellectual property matters in connection with Fortune Global 100 and international companies. He also managed large-scale e-discovery projects in connection with multi-district litigation (MDL) and bankruptcy proceedings.
Michael served in two judicial clerkships. He was an associate law clerk for the Honorable Leonard B. Austin, Appellate Division, Second Department in Brooklyn, New York, and a law clerk for the Honorable Kenneth J. Slomienski in New Jersey Superior Court, where he successfully mediated cases in Civil and Commercial Parts.
While in law school, Michael was already actively working in the legal field. He was a judicial intern for the Honorable Leonard D. Wexler, Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. He was a legal extern at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Appeals Clinic where he drafted, submitted and successfully argued an appellate brief in connection with an assigned case to the Appellate Division. He was a summer associate in the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston. Michael also served as a legal extern in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority of New York.
Presentations and Publications
- “Confronting The ‘Crucible of Cross-Examination’: Reconciling the Supreme Court’s Recent Edicts on The Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause,” Baylor Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 255 (March 2013).
- “From Chiarella to Cuban: The Continuing Evolution of the Law of Insider Trading,” Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, Vol. 16, No. 693 (Spring 2011).
- “Shale-Gas Case Ringing Alarms in State-Level Mineral-Rights Law,” Natural Gas & Electricity, Vol. 28, No. 5 (December 2011).
- New Jersey
- New York
- 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court (D. N.J.)
- U.S. District Court (E.D.N.Y.)
- U.S. District Court (S.D.N.Y.)
- J.D. (2012) Brooklyn Law School, with honors
- B.B.A. (2009) Hofstra University, cum laude