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Michael E. Gertzman

Tel: +1-212-373-3281
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Tel: +1-212-373-3281
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0281

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The Paul, Weiss community mourns the loss of our beloved friend and partner Mike Gertzman, who passed away on April 24, 2024. A remembrance may be viewed here.

A partner in the Litigation Department, Michael E. Gertzman previously served as the department’s co-chair and as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He focused on complex criminal, regulatory and civil matters, with a particular emphasis in the white collar, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cryptocurrency and securities areas. Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.


Mike tried more than a dozen civil and criminal cases to verdict in federal and state courts around the country, but his primary focus was on keeping clients out of court. He regularly represented financial institutions, public companies and private equity firms in their most sensitive matters before the SEC, the Department of Justice, federal and state bank regulators, and other federal and state regulatory bodies. He also had extensive experience representing companies, boards of directors and special board committees in internal investigations of highly sensitive matters.

Global companies and financial institutions headquartered in the U.S. and Asia looked to Mike for investigations and litigation involving alleged securities fraud, accounting fraud, price-fixing, insider trading, FCPA violations, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions matters. Mike also frequently represented companies, partnerships and their executives and principals in civil litigation and arbitrations involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other commercial claims.

Since 2014, Benchmark Litigation named Mike a New York and National Litigation Star in numerous practice areas, including white collar crime, securities, FCPA, general commercial litigation and antitrust. Mike was also recognized by The Legal 500 for white collar criminal defense matters and general commercial disputes, and by Chambers Global for disputes, and he was noted by Global Investigations Review in the GIR 30.

Between 1992 and 1996, Mike served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. There, he prosecuted a broad array of criminal matters, including securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, public corruption and others. He also taught trial litigation skills at a Department of Justice seminar and received the Attorney General’s Award for Superior Performance.

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