Michael Kim Krouse brings an extensive background in investigations and enforcement to his practice, having served as an Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps.

An experienced trial and appellate advocate, Mr. Krouse has been lead or co-lead counsel on nine federal jury trials and has briefed or argued 11 appeals before the Second Circuit. He has handled matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), financial fraud, public corruption, health care fraud, terrorism, sanctions evasion, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), murder-for-hire, money laundering, and export control issues. He has also conducted investigations and prosecutions involving a wide range of government agencies, including the SEC, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security, the FBI, the IRS, the Departments of State and Defense, the CIA, the NSA, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Notable matters that Mr. Krouse handled included prosecuting a technology executive who provided cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies to North Korea; extraditing a Taliban commander for kidnapping a New York Times journalist; and charging the SDNY’s first ever federal hate crimes case after an anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York.

While a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps, Mr. Krouse investigated dozens of cases and tried 13 court-martial trials, including on charges of domestic violence, sexual assault, and crimes against children. Mr. Krouse also served in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions, where he handled pretrial motions and appeals in a range of cases, including the prosecutions of those accused of the U.S.S. Cole bombing and September 11th attacks. Mr. Krouse attained the rank of Major and received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Mr. Krouse earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Supreme Court clinic and received the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize (best oralist) and Potter Stewart Prize (best team) in Moot Court. He also received the William K.S. Wang Prize for top performance in corporate law. He earned his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Krouse clerked for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Paul A. Engelmayer of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Before law school, Mr. Krouse worked for McKinsey & Company, the United Nations Development Program, and a non-governmental organization based in Afghanistan.


  • JD, Yale Law School, 2008
  • BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, 2002, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Government & Military Service
  • Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • Major, United States Marine Corps

  • US District Court, Southern District of New York, The Honorable Paul A. Engelmayer
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, The Honorable José A. Cabranes
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association of New York

  • Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2016-2021)


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