Michael Schissel is an experienced first-chair trial attorney and trusted advisor to in-house counsel and senior management.  Michael has tried bench and jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts, and arbitrated successfully before various tribunals including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the National Association Of Securities Dealers (NASD), and the American Arbitration Association. Michael also has substantial experience in resolving major business disputes through mediation. In addition to his trial practice, Michael has argued appeals before state and federal appellate courts around the country.

Michael has focused his practice on a broad range of complex commercial and business litigation matters, including securities fraud and other class actions; lawsuits involving theft of trade secrets, royalties disputes, the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower laws, breach of contract, fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, employment, and unfair competition claims; internal investigations on behalf of domestic and international corporations; multijurisdictional products liability class actions; and injunction proceedings in false advertising, trademark infringement and other cases.


  • General Electric in defending claims by US Navy personnel related to the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown.
  • Western Digital Corporation in challenging the largest punitive sanction in American history.
  • JPMorgan Chase in successful defense and appeal of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case.
  • JPMorgan Chase in obtaining defense verdict in multi-week FINRA arbitration.
  • CA Technologies in defending theft of trade secrets and royalties litigations.
  • Bank of America in obtaining dismissal of litigation by victims of Ponzi scheme.
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in obtaining defense verdict in US$1 billion breach of contract action.
  • Zenith Data Systems in obtaining defense verdict in lawsuit concerning unsuccessful sale of business.
  • Multiple FORTUNE 30 companies in successful mediations of major business and commercial disputes.
  • Motorola in obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit arising from 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.


The Legal 500 US
General Commercial Disputes (2018)


  • JD, Boston University School of Law, 1985
  • BS, Cornell University, 1982
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

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