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Michael E. Gertzman

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


A former co-chair of the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department and a former member of the firm’s Management Committee, Michael E. Gertzman has deep experience handling complex criminal, regulatory and civil matters, with a particular emphasis in the white-collar, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), economic sanctions and securities areas. Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.


Mike has tried more than a dozen civil and criminal cases to verdict in federal and state courts around the country. But his primary focus is on keeping clients out of court. He regularly represents financial institutions, public companies, private equity funds and hedge funds in their most sensitive matters before the SEC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state regulatory bodies. His clients, which have included Citigroup, JPMorgan and SAC Capital, and major Japanese companies, look to Mike for matters involving alleged securities fraud, accounting fraud, price-fixing and insider trading. Mike also has significant experience handling FCPA, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions matters. Mike also frequently represents 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 has named Mike a New York Litigation Star in the areas of white collar crime, securities, FCPA and enforcement, general commercial litigation and antitrust. He's also been recognized by Legal 500 for white-collar criminal defense matters and general commercial disputes and by Chambers Global for disputes. 

Mike's current and recent representations include:

  • a significant Japanese financial institution in multiple parallel federal and state regulatory proceedings;
  • a major Japanese conglomerate and its U.S. subsidiaries in multiple regulatory matters, investigations and civil litigations;
  • a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan and its U.S. subsidiaries in multiple regulatory matters and investigations and related whistleblower litigation;
  • U.S. and Japanese companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations;
  • U.S. and Japanese companies and their executives in criminal price-fixing investigations and related civil litigations;
  • Steven A. Cohen  and SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management), in criminal and regulatory proceedings and litigations arising out of claims of insider trading;
  • public companies, underwriters, executives and officers in securities class actions;
  • a large, publicly traded company based in Japan and its senior executives, including its chairman, CEO and other top officers, in a multinational criminal price-fixing investigation and related civil litigation;
  • one of the world's largest construction companies in a Department of Justice investigation of fraud allegations;
  • the former chairman, CEO and president of HBOC Corporation in defense of criminal securities fraud charges;
  • Citigroup and its executives in defense of SEC and other regulatory investigations, securities class actions and fraud allegations;
  • Swedish health care giant Gambro, AB in a civil securities fraud litigation; and
  • a large public U.S. company in a grand jury investigation by the New York Attorney General's Office.

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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