Michael graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, cum laude, and the Fordham University School of Law. He concentrates his Manhattan-based law practice in criminal defense in federal and state courts, and representation in corporate, grand jury and regulatory investigations.
Prior to starting his firm, Michael served as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the Independent Inquiry Committee commonly referred to as the Volcker Commission. Led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker, the Commission investigated allegations of corruption in the United Nation’s Oil-For-Food Programme which permitted Saddam Hussein to sell Iraq’s oil, under UN supervision, in order to purchase food and humanitarian goods. Operating from offices in Bagdad, Manhattan and Paris, Michael’s 100 person staff secured evidence of bribery of UN officials and kickbacks from oil companies by which Hussein secretly received approximately $10 Billion. The Commission’s efforts resulted in the indictment and conviction by federal prosecutors of UN officials for the first time in U. S. courts and the recovery of hundreds of millions dollars.
Michael left a law firm partnership upon his appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. There, he handled white collar crime investigations and trials, serving as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and, thereafter, the Senior Litigation Counsel for the Business and Securities Fraud Section.
Michael began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County, N.Y., serving in the Major Offense Bureau and Special Investigations Unit where he investigated and tried homicide and public corruption cases.