Michael Weitman is counsel in the Litigation Group. Mike represents banks, broker-dealers, publicly-traded companies, investment managers, and other clients in a broad range of litigation matters. His practice encompasses complex securities, contract, employment, and general business disputes before federal and state courts and in arbitration. As part of the Firm’s Government Enforcement and Internal Investigations practice, Mike regularly advises institutional and individual clients in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions, SEC and other regulatory inquiries, and related civil matters.
Some of Mike’s notable recent matters include the representation of global banking institutions in class action litigations arising out of the alleged manipulation of various benchmark rates; representation of individual brokers in SEC enforcement action that included a multi-week trial before an administrative law judge and argument before the SEC’s Commissioners; representation of various clients in clawback litigation arising out of the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC; and representation of a minority investor in a dispute over contractual exit rights in Delaware Chancery Court.
Mike is also actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono practice, where he has represented prisoners in federal civil rights cases, and indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings. From 2015 to 2018, Mike was selected as a “Rising Star” by New York Metro Super Lawyers. Mike is a former law clerk to the Honorable Theodore H. Katz, United States Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Michael received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, cum laude, and his B.A. from Boston University, cum laude. While at Brooklyn Law School, Michael was the Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review, and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. He also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable David G. Trager of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.