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Michael J. McNamara


Main Biography

Michael J. McNamara is a Partner in the Firm and Co-Head of the Litigation Department.

He is also currently the President of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA).

He attended Columbia College and Fordham Law School where he was a Member of Law Review.

Mr. McNamara has extensive experience representing financial institutions, investment companies, corporations and senior executives in a wide variety of litigated matters, including lawsuits in state and federal courts, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, investigations and regulatory proceedings.

Notable matters include:

  • Defending Royal Bank of Canada and its affiliates in all of its litigation arising from the collapse of Enron, including the largest securities class action ever filed in the U.S. Several of the bank defendants paid billions of dollars to settle the class action, while the case against our clients was dismissed with no payment.
  • Defending IBM and management employees accused of employment discrimination and retaliation at trial in the Southern District of New York. We won a defense verdict at trial and the judgment dismissing the case was subsequently affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Defending Royal Bank of Canada in a dispute with Credit Agricole Indosuez regarding the management of a $1.4 billion CDO fund following a group hire. After our client prevailed at the preliminary injunction hearing and in an expedited appeal, management of the CDO fund was transferred to our client and the matter was subsequently settled on favorable terms.
  • Representing, an Internet provider, in connection with the 2000 Arizona Democratic Primary. After a voting rights act challenge to on-line voting was defeated, our client conducted the first-ever binding on-line voting in the U.S.
  • Representing an affiliate of Occidental Petroleum in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Department of Energy alleging violations of federal energy regulations and in class action and other litigation arising from Gulf Oil’s breach of a merger agreement.
  • Representing Royal Bank of Canada in a dispute with Rabobank concerning payment under a $500 million swap agreement which involved parallel proceedings in New York and London courts. The dispute was resolved on favorable terms prior to trial.

Mr. McNamara also advises clients on a broad range of employment-related issues, including employment agreements, executive compensation, group hires, spinouts, restrictive covenants, and internal investigations of workplace issues.

In addition to his role as President of NYCLA, Mr. McNamara is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association and a member of its Nominating Committee.

Mr. McNamara has been recognized for his work in Business Litigation (New York Super Lawyers 2007-2017) and in Securities: Shareholder Litigation (Legal 500 2015) and he has written extensively on litigation and employment topics.


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • A.B., Columbia University

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S.C.A., Second Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Third Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York