Blockchain and Digital Assets

  • Advising large social media company on partnership with NFT platform to launch NFT collectibles
  • Advised NFT platform on partnership with professional car racing organization to launch NFT collectibles
  • Counseled ownership group for several professional sports clubs (including NHL and NBA teams) on creation of a platform to mint and trade NFT collectibles
  • Counseled private equity firm on various issues relating to NFT collectible platform to assess potential acquisition of sports collectibles company
  • Defeated motion for preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order that could have enjoined client’s imminent sale of tens of millions of dollars' worth of new cryptocurrency and release of new blockchain
  • Defended large, international cryptocurrency exchange against multiple lawsuits from customer alleging failure to support forked currencies, obtaining summary judgment and affirmance in published appellate decision
  • Defended large cryptocurrency exchange against numerous consumer disputes, lawsuits, and arbitrations
  • Defended large, international cryptocurrency exchange in several commercial disputes
  • Defended cryptocurrency exchange against prelitigation allegations of trademark infringement in the distributed domain name space
  • Defended SAFT issuer in securities fraud lawsuit
  • Counseled foreign cryptocurrency issuer on compliance with US securities laws
  • Counseled foreign cryptocurrency exchange on setting up unclaimed property law compliance program

Other Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Defending AI company going public via SPAC against claims it breached contract to issue convertible note
  • Defended venture capital firm focused on gaming against claims it tortiously interfered with SAFE investment in gaming company
  • Defending private fund investing in manufactured housing communities against claims of securities fraud 
  • Represented medical device distributor in lawsuit and companion arbitration against manufacturers alleging product defects
  • Defended professional race truck team against lawsuit by race promoter alleging violations of race contracts
  • Defended large music festival promoter in lawsuit arising from cancellation of festival
  • Counseled medical technology company in prelitigation dispute with former director over trade secret theft and 
  • Defended fitness SAAS company in class action alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act 
  • Defended credit reporting agency in over a dozen cases filed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, obtaining multiple dismissals
  • Represented foreign bank in litigation seeking to draw down on US$103 million line of credit, defeating motion by counterparty bank to enjoin draw down
  • Represented investment bank in litigation over enforceability of interest rate swap

Products Liability Litigation and Counseling 

  • Led internal investigation of alleged environmental contamination in coworking spaces
  • Served as national coordinating counsel for international automaker, supervising the defense of hundreds of lawsuits across the U.S. and abroad, and obtaining myriad dismissals on the merits and without payment
  • Led team of multiple law firms in defense of bus manufacturer and distributor in over sixty related lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions arising from a severe accident, obtaining dismissal with prejudice without payment
  • Defended auto manufacturer in class action alleging defects in wheels, obtaining denial of class certification
  • Obtained dismissal at trial, affirmed on appeal, for auto manufacturer and distributor against lawsuit by estate of deceased individual involved in a bus accident 
  • Defended airplane manufacturer in lawsuit alleging fuel line defects leading to crash

Michael also has experience with direct defense of aging services facilities in lawsuits asserting professional liability, personal injury, negligence, elder abuse, wrongful death and other related claims.