Michael B. Himmel Partner

New York Roseland
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Chair, Litigation Department
Chair, White Collar Criminal Defense Practice 

Few choices are more important to a company or individual than the counsel they select when faced with a government investigation, potential indictment or trial. Michael Himmel's significant experience defending entities and individuals in high-profile, bet-the-company matters makes him a clear choice when so much is at stake. Michael's clients benefit from his years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, as well as his deep-rooted commitment to the successful outcome of each matter he handles.

Michael's national white collar practice includes matters involving tax fraud, securities fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, political corruption, antitrust, bank fraud and environmental matters, as well as internal investigations. His clients have included private and public corporations in various industries, including life sciences and the financial sector, officers and directors of private and public corporations, professionals, and state and federal officials. Michael has also won multibillion-dollar securities fraud cases.

Michael served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he was involved in the prosecution and conviction of a New Jersey state senator, a former speaker of the state legislature and a number of union officials. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, serves on the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and is a member of the Federal Bar Council, 2nd Circuit.

Representative Engagements

White Collar & Government Investigations

  • Successfully represented numerous entities accused of FCA and FCPA violations. For example, recently secured a deferred prosecution agreement for a global company that provides engineering and environmental consulting services to various federal, state, regional and local governmental and quasi-governmental agencies. The case was initially brought as an FCA Qui Tam matter, which led to an investigation of alleged FCPA violations. The lead enforcement agencies were the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of New Jersey.

  • Successfully represented numerous individuals in the banking and securities industries who were the targets of investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC. Michael is currently representing a client in connection with an SEC investigation concerning the potential mismanagement and/or misappropriation of funds of a multibillion-dollar international hedge fund.

  • Successfully represented numerous individuals investigated for alleged insider trading violations.

  • Successfully represented numerous clients in federal antitrust investigations.

  • Successfully represented individuals who were the subjects of alleged tax-fraud violations.

  • Successfully represented individuals in political corruption investigations and prosecutions.

  • Successfully represented many individuals and entities in connection with Bernard L. Madoff-related investigations. For example, Michael is currently representing an agency of a foreign state in defending against a bankruptcy adversary proceeding arising from the Madoff Investment Securities recovery.
Business Litigation

  • Successfully represented partner in business dispute concerning large apartment complex, successfully obtaining judgment in excess of $50 million against defendant managing partner for civil racketeering offenses, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breaches of the partnership agreement and partnership law.

  • Successfully represented several Fortune 100 companies in Qui Tam cases.

  • Successfully represented institutional investors as plaintiffs in the civil prosecution of securities fraud cases.

  • Successfully represented national and regional law firms as defendants in legal malpractice cases.

Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004–2013) – Ranked in Band 1 as a leading individual in the white collar crime & government investigations practice area, noting that he "is a seasoned white-collar crime practitioner with a national reputation for representing individuals and companies involved in high-profile investigations and criminal proceedings" and that he is "a fantastic guy - he is a litigator and a deal-maker, and is very pragmatic.” The firm has ranked consistently in Band 1 for white collar and general commercial litigation.

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2001–2014) – Consistently ranked in criminal defense and business litigation, and in the 2008-2012 editions, he was selected as a "bet-the-company litigator" for his work in "make-or-break litigation," an honor shared by a small, elite segment of litigators nationwide.

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2014) – Acknowledged for white collar criminal defense and business litigation.

  • Trial Bar Award of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey – Michael was the recipient of the 2003 award for outstanding trial advocacy.

Publications

FCPA Regulators Set Sights On Private Equity
VC Experts, May 3, 2012
Michael Himmel
Anti-Money Laundering
The Hedge Fund Law Report, February 16, 2012
Michael Himmel, Matthew Oliver
The Third Time's The Charm – IRS Announces Third Opportunity For Voluntary Disclosure Of Offshore Accounts
Client Alert, January 10, 2012
Robert Kipnees, Michael Himmel, Michael Gooen, Brian Silikovitz, Matthew Oliver
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Press Mentions

In Compliance WeekMichael Himmel comments on the increasing number of FCPA investigations in industries that have not traditionally been subject to FCPA enforcement actions., April 15, 2014
In the Wall Street Journal and on UPI.comMichael Himmel is highlighted for representing a former executive of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in an investigation into lane closures at the George Washington Bridge., Wall Street Journal; UPI.com , December 18, 2013
In Risk & InsuranceMichael Himmel comments on the recent increase in anti-corruption investigations and enforcement actions., Risk & Insurance , October 15, 2013
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Related Areas

Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Commercial & Business Litigation
Corporate Investigations & Integrity
Life Sciences
Litigation
Securities Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense

Education


St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 1974) , Member, St. Louis University Law Review
New York University (B.S., 1971)

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


1975, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1975, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1980, U.S. Supreme Court
1981, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Affiliations


  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
  • Federal Bar Council
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers