Michael Scheinkman
  1. Partner

Mr. Scheinkman is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department in New York. He represents clients in a variety of high-stakes civil, criminal and regulatory matters. His civil litigation practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, mass tort actions and securities litigation in federal and state courts. In his government and internal investigations practice, he represents clients in connection with allegations of corruption, fraud, market manipulation, antitrust violations and other financial crimes before a wide range of federal, state and international authorities.

Work Highlights

  • 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
  • An innovative real estate firm in litigation in the Commercial Division of New York Supreme 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 complete dismissal with prejudice of federal securities class action brought in connection with a public offering issued by CBD Energy Limited, an Australian energy corporation
  • Uniti Group in dismissal of breach of contract action in New York Supreme Court
  • Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in litigation in the Commercial Division of New York Supreme Court 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
  • JPMorgan Chase in an action brought by a purchaser of common stock in Lighting Science Group Corporation alleging that JPMorgan Chase, as placement agent and underwriter, misrepresented the company’s investment worthiness
  • 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
  • Secured declinations from the Justice Department and SEC in FCPA investigations of Cisco
  • Represented a global financial institution in connection with investigations by U.S. and foreign regulators into potential violations of anti-money laundering laws
  • Represented 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
  • Represented global financial institutions in connection with internal and government investigations into allegations of collusion and fraud in various financial benchmarks and instruments
  • Represented a marketing company in a criminal antitrust investigation by the Justice Department
  • 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
  • Represented a major law firm in connection with a review of potential conflicts of interests
  • Represented individuals in connection with high profile investigations, including the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the “Varsity Blues” college admissions investigation

Professional History

  • Partner, 2020-present
  • Counsel, 2015-2020
  • 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, District of Columbia
  • 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