AREA OF PRACTICE
Michael Bowe is a partner and Chair of the Firm's Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. He has almost thirty years of experience successfully litigating virtually every type of high-stakes business and personal case, on both the plaintiff and defense side, and at both the trial and appellate level. He has navigated to safety many companies and high net worth individuals facing serious criminal and regulatory jeopardy. He also provides crisis management advice during periods of substantial duress. He typically tries or arbitrates multiple cases each year, where he turns complex disputes into simple, compelling stories. He has employed novel solutions to problems other lawyers had advised clients could not be effectively addressed.
According to one of the most experienced trial lawyers in America, "Michael is simply elite." The press has described Michael as an atypical Wall Street lawyer who is "blue-collar," "not white-shoe," and "positively exudes an air of self-assurance." Michael is a ferocious fighter for his clients. As one former adversary who became a client explained, "he cares as much about winning your case as you do, and sometimes it seems more."
Michael frequently speaks on CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, and other networks, and his work has been the subject of books, magazine stories, and a Frontline documentary.
After graduating first in his class at New York Law School, Michael clerked for the Honorable Lenore C. Nesbitt, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and has spent the rest of his near thirty years practicing at Sullivan & Cromwell, Kasowitz Benson Torres, and Brown Rudnick.
In recent years, Michael has worked on the following matters:
Securities and Civil RICO
Michael has been handling securities fraud and civil RICO cases for over twenty-five years. He has led dozens of class action, regulatory, and law enforcement defenses; securities claims against financial institutions on behalf of defrauded individuals and institutions; and unprecedented civil RICO and other actions to stop short-selling and other disinformation attacks on public companies.
Michael’s ground-breaking defense of short-selling attacks has restored billions of dollars in market capitalization to his clients, frustrated class action lawsuits that accompany those attacks, and instigated the investigation, indictment, and closure of companies that engaged in such illegal conduct. His work stopping “bear raids” on insurer Fairfax Financial has been credited with saving the company from failure and restoring billions of dollars in investor value and has been covered extensively in the financial press, on cable business networks, and in business schools and books about Wall Street. He has secured similar results for other public companies subjected to disinformation attacks, including AmTrust Financial, Eros International, and Resolute Forest Products.
Other companies Michael has advised in the securities and civil RICO field include MBIA, Jefferies Group, Brookfield Asset Management, Lehman Brothers, CGI Group, Banco Popular, Biovail Pharmaceuticals, Harvey Norman, Glencore, Energy Transfer Partners, and Amira Foods.
Michael has also successfully represented plaintiffs in securities class action opt-outs, including in opt-out claims against Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Adeptus Health.
Complex Business Disputes
Michael has litigated, tried and arbitrated complex commercial matters involving billions of dollars, including disputes between members of business organizations; disputes about mergers and acquisitions; disputes about the sale of products, assets and businesses; and disputes about contract breaches and tortious and anti-competitive conduct.
Michael regularly represents high-profile individuals defamed or accused of defamation, frequently securing cease and desist agreements, corrections or retractions, and other relief without litigation or public disclosures.
Criminal and Regulatory Enforcement
Michael has successfully represented individuals and organizations in white collar criminal, regulatory, and Congressional inquiries by the Department of Justice, securities regulators, and state prosecutors and regulators.
Real Estate Disputes
Michael has secured numerous multimillion dollar-malpractice recoveries against lawyers, accountants, and other professionals, and has also successfully defended malpractice claims, including a high-profile suit by singer Rihanna against her former representatives.
Trust & Estate and Fiduciary Duty Litigation
Michael engages in substantial pro bono work, including representing victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the family of murdered United States Marine Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr, and Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler. These matters have received substantial Congressional, press, and public attention. Michael’s successful federal court challenge on behalf of Major Brezler has been recognized as groundbreaking precedent with far-reaching impact on military justice.
*Some of the above matters were handled by Michael prior to joining Brown Rudnick.
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