Michael Scheinkman
  1. Counsel

Mr. Scheinkman is counsel in the Litigation Department. He represents clients in a variety of civil and criminal litigation matters, including securities cases, mass tort actions, complex commercial litigation matters, and criminal and regulatory investigations. His recent matters include the representation of Con Edison in government investigations and civil litigation arising out of the East Harlem and East Village gas explosions, and Morgan Stanley in litigation relating to residential mortgage-backed securities.

Work Highlights

Civil Litigation
  • Con Edison in a variety of matters, including mass-action civil litigation and government investigations arising from the 2014 East Harlem and 2015 East Village gas explosions and the 2007 steam rupture in midtown Manhattan, and arguing successful appeal ending civil litigation arising from the 2006 Queens blackout
  • Morgan Stanley in litigation nationwide relating to residential mortgage-backed securities, including arguing successful motion for partial summary judgment in Washington state court
  • Comcast as trial counsel in an antitrust class action challenging Comcast's acquisition of cable systems in the Philadelphia area and as trial counsel in defense of program carriage claims by Tennis Channel
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers in dismissal of federal securities class action
  • Uniti Group in dismissal of breach of contract action
  • Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in ongoing litigation concerning the termination and valuation of credit derivative transactions
  • Rabobank in obtaining partial summary judgment in dispute with a monoline insurer over coverage for credit losses on a $1 billion synthetic CDO transaction
  • A Delaware LLC in a week-long arbitration of contract claims brought by a member
  • Aetna in shareholder litigation arising from the acquisition of Coventry Health Care
  • MSCI in shareholder litigation arising from the acquisition of RiskMetrics
Criminal and Investigative Matters
  • Securing declinations from the Justice Department and SEC in FCPA investigations of Cisco
  • Representing a global financial institution in connection with investigations by U.S. and foreign regulators into potential violations of anti-money laundering laws
  • Representing a global financial institution in connection with investigations by the Justice Department, Federal Reserve, and other regulators into allegations of collusion and fraud in the foreign exchange market
  • Siemens AG in connection with civil, criminal and regulatory matters relating to corruption allegations and matters arising from its FCPA resolutions with the Justice Department and SEC
  • Representing a major law firm in connection with a review of potential conflicts of interests
  • Representing an individual in connection with the investigation by the Special Counsel into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters
  • Advising major international corporations with respect to cyber ransom and extortion issues

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2015-present
  • Associate, 2006-2015
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2008-2009

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York


  • B.A., Political Science, Columbia University, 2001
    • Dean's List
  • J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 2006
    • magna cum laude
    • Research Editor, St. John's Law Review