Michael R. Tein


Litigation & Trial of Complex Commercial & White-Collar Cases

Mike specializes in the litigation and trial of complex commercial and white-collar cases in courts throughout the United States. He represents numerous high-profile corporate and individual clients in both civil and criminal matters, in state and federal court, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies. Mike tries several major lawsuits and binding arbitrations every year. To date, he has tried over 50 federal and state lawsuits to verdict, represented clients in numerous binding arbitrations, and has argued over 45 federal and state appeals.

Mike’s reputation as a highly skilled trial lawyer in and out of court is well-recognized. Recently, Chambers & Partners, the independent attorney-review publication that mentions only the highest peer-rated attorneys, called Mike “an excellent, well-prepared lawyer,” and observed that he “is seen as part of the next wave of talented attorneys in the state.” Mike was also recognized as one the Top 100 Florida Lawyers.

Mike has had the privilege of representing prominent Florida trial judges and attorneys in ethics investigations by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Florida Bar.  He has also successfully represented numerous federal prosecutors in investigations by the Office of Professional Responsibility and several federal law enforcement special agents in agency probes.

Mike is recognized as an accomplished litigator with a national reputation by Who’s Who in America, Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend Magazine. For many years, Mike has been selected from among trial lawyers around the nation to be invited to teach trial skills at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Mike received the high honor of being appointed as Receiver by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in two separate enforcement actions, one brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the other by the Federal Trade Commission.  Mike served as SEC Receiver’s counsel in the KL Financial case, a major hedge fund fraud.

Mike lectures around the nation on the subjects of trial skills, corporate compliance, white-collar criminal defense and legal ethics. He served as a member of the Southern District of Florida’s Local Rules Committee, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association Committee on Professionalism and the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Commission. He has also served as vice-chair of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee, general counsel for a national non-profit breast cancer advocacy organization and a director of Measures for Justice, an organization that assesses the performance of local criminal trial courts in an effort to improve fundamental legal services around the country.

From 1995 to 2000, Mike was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Miami. During that time, he successfully prosecuted numerous high-profile and widely publicized cases involving fraud, public corruption and organized crime; received the U.S. Army Commander’s Medal for Public Service; was awarded the Executive Office Director’s Award for Superior Performance; and received a commendation from the U.S. Attorney General for professionalism in the prosecution of a high-profile civil-rights matter.

From 1993 to 1995, Mike was an associate in the Litigation Department of Steel Hector & Davis, specializing in complex commercial litigation.

From 1992 to 1993, Mike served as law clerk to then-United States District Judge Stanley Marcus, presently of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

While in law school, Mike was a research and teaching assistant for the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., the late Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was an Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Mike won his first acquittal for a client when he was a third-year law student in the clinical program at the Philadelphia Defender’s Office.

Mike is the author of the frequently cited civil-rights article, “Devaluation of Non-White Community in Remedies for Subsidized Housing Discrimination,” 140 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1463 (1992).

Prior to going to law school, Mike was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co., in New York.

Mike has been rated by his peers at the highest level for skill and ethics in practice, “AV,” as reported by Martindale-Hubbell.


Recent Successes

  • Defense verdict in wrongful-death airplane-crash jury trial with multiple fatalities.
  • Defense verdict in a Whistleblower Act trial against a major Florida employer.
  • Defense verdict in wrongful-death automobile accident case.
  • Defense verdict in trial of a well-known Florida politician.
  • Defense judgment in primary election challenge on the eve of the general election.
  • Dismissal of a $200-million copyright lawsuit for Fernando Botero, world-renowned Colombian artist.
  • Dismissal of SEC charges against two senior executives in reinsurance matter.
  • Dismissal of IRS charges against prominent Broward businessperson.
  • Dismissal of Florida Bar ethics complaints against several prominent attorneys.
  • Dismissal of complaints against prominent trial judges by Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission.
  • $7 million settlement on the eve of trial for New York financier in shareholder dispute.
  • $4 million settlement for prominent Washington, D.C. executive in compensation dispute.
  • $3 million settlement for a estate beneficiary in Florida probate litigation.
  • Reversal of an extradition order against a U.S. citizen already ordered by a federal judge to be extradited to the Dominican Republic.
  • Declination by U.S. Attorney’s Office of prosecution of an individual in alleged $20 million tax-fraud case.
  • Declination by U.S. Attorney’s Office of prosecution of senior federal law-enforcement agent on corruption charges.
  • Declination by U.S. Attorney’s Office of prosecution of corporate executive on securities-fraud charges.
  • Declination by U.S. Attorney’s Office of prosecution of U.S. Army Colonel on espionage charges.
  • Declination by U.S. Attorney’s Office of prosecution of federal law enforcement agent on obstruction-of-justice charges.
  • Successful defense of Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission investigations of prominent trial judges accused of misconduct and ethics violations.
  • Successful defense of Florida Bar investigations of prominent attorneys accused of ethics violations.
  • Declination by Justice Department of prosecution of corporation for alleged multi-million-dollar tax-evasion scheme.
  • Declination by U.S. Attorney’s Office of prosecution of individual for alleged million-dollar tax-evasion and structuring scheme.




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