Michael has regularly conducted extensive corporate privacy and cybersecurity reviews and represented Fortune 100 companies before the FTC, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), state attorneys general, and congressional committees. He is a former cybercrime prosecutor who has assisted many of the world’s largest companies in their responses to sophisticated network intrusions.
Michael has advised email and wireless providers, social networks, and other communications providers on all aspects of regulatory compliance. He has particular experience in surveillance issues relating to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Michael’s national security portfolio has included counseling on government contracting, foreign-based investments in or threats to U.S. infrastructure, and handling of classified information.
For 12 years, prior to joining the firm, Michael held several positions within DOJ. He was a senior counsel in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, where he investigated and prosecuted computer intrusions and other internet-related crimes. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Michael prosecuted white-collar and violent crimes and conducted grand jury investigations and jury trials. Michael began his work at DOJ as special assistant to the assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division. Michael was a contributing author to DOJ’s manuals on Prosecuting Computer Crimes, Searching and Seizing Computers and Obtaining Electronic Evidence in Criminal Investigations, and Prosecuting Intellectual Property Crimes.
Michael began his legal career in New York in the litigation department at Proskauer Rose LLP.