Mike has over 15 years of progressive experience in white collar criminal defense, civil regulatory enforcement, government investigations, and complex commercial litigation proceedings.
A former Assistant United States Attorney
from 2004 to 2016, he most recently served as Deputy Criminal Chief for the
Eastern District of Virginia from 2012 to 2016. As first chair trial attorney, Mike
has been involved in 20 federal jury trials and has represented the government in
high-stakes matters with national and international significance. These
cases involved complex financial crimes in a variety of industries. In the
courtroom, Mike is particularly skilled at distilling complex issues and legal
theories in terms juries and judges can understand. Mike’s cross examinations have been described as pointed and methodical by the New York Times (2014) and especially dramatic by the Washington Post (2014). He has handled
interlocutory appeals and post-conviction appeals as well, writing over a dozen
His motions practice experience involves
novel issues including attorney-client privilege, stays of parallel civil
proceedings, executive privilege, bills of particulars, severance, Daubert hearings, Franks motions, and other constitutional issues.
In addition to litigation, a significant
portion of Mike’s practice focuses on counseling clients under government
investigation and conducting internal investigations. As a former federal
prosecutor, Mike has investigated and prosecuted the gamut of white collar
crime, gaining substantive knowledge of regulatory regimes, including the
Commodities Exchange Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Securities Acts of
1933 and 1934, and the Clean Water Act.