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Michael J. Dell is a leading trial and appellate lawyer who has been successfully resolving business disputes for his clients for more than 30 years. Mr. Dell represents corporations, accounting and financial services firms, and individuals in civil litigation in state and federal courts, in internal investigations, and in connection with investigations and enforcement proceedings before government and regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. His work on behalf of his clients involves a broad range of business matters, including securities, accountants’ and auditors’ liability, commercial, real estate and insurance, patents and intellectual property, False Claims Act, ERISA, fiduciary and employment, antitrust, and trusts and estates lawsuits. A skilled advocate, Mr. Dell has extensive experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitrations and mediations before FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), the American Arbitration Association, the International Center for Dispute Resolution, JAMS, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and other ADR forums. Although he most often represents defendants, Mr. Dell has secured many judgments and settlements on behalf of plaintiffs.

Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA and Legal 500 U.S. have repeatedly recognized Mr. Dell as a leading litigator. Chambers USA lauded Mr. Dell for his broad litigation practice, including his work in securities disputes, noting he draws praise for his experience in accountant liability matters and that observers describe him as “tremendously smart” (Chambers USA 2016) and “very efficient,” and comment that he has “an excellent grasp of the issues and the facts” and “brings a lot of value” (Chambers USA 2015). Benchmark Litigation (2015) reports that “at the trial and appellate level [he] earns resounding praise, with one peer stating, ‘Michael is a consummate pro, just into his work, not out there throwing bombs, just quietly doing a great job protecting his clients.’” Legal 500 lists Mr. Dell as a leading lawyer in Securities Litigation and General Commercial Disputes, explaining, “Trial lawyer Michael Dell does ‘consistently high quality work and does a really good job developing consensus in a case,’” “is noted for his ability to ‘anticipate how the other side will react’” (Legal 500 US 2016), is “client-oriented and highly experienced” (Legal 500 US 2012), and is “very knowledgeable, thorough, experienced and approachable” and an “‘extremely effective litigator,’ who is praised for his ‘excellent judgment’ and ‘combining excellent legal advice with a great deal of industry knowledge’” (Legal 500 US 2011). Benchmark Appellate named him a “Second Circuit Litigation Star” in 2013. Mr. Dell is listed in Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. in Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement and Appellate Practice.

Mr. Dell’s recent arbitrations include prevailing in a purchase price adjustment arbitration on behalf of a large consumer company concerning the methodology to be used, and the successful defense of a “Big Four” accounting firm in a two-week professional liability arbitration, a financial services firm in a two-week securities arbitration, another financial services firm in a 25-day international securities arbitration that was dismissed at the close of the claimants’ case, and a financial services firm in a 24-day securities arbitration.

J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1978
  • Associate Editorial Director, Harvard Law Review, 1977-1978
  • Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1976-1977
B.A., with honors, Oxford University, Wadham College, 1975
District of Columbia, 1992
New York, 1979
Honorable Stanley A. Weigel,  U.S.D.C., Northern District of California, 1978 - 1979
U.S. Supreme Court
    -Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark Litigation (2007-2017)
    -Benchmark Appellate (2013)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2014-2017)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 Hall of Fame (2017)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 US (2011-2017)
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers in America (2010-2018)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
    -NYSBA’s Empire State Counsel honor (2015)
    -New York City Bar Association
    -Practising Law Institute, Lecturer