Columbia Law School
One Logan Square
18th & Cherry Streets, 27th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6933
Michael Newman is a driven commercial litigator known for his thoughtful consideration of clients’ needs and his ability to find intelligent solutions to complex legal problems. With extensive experience counseling clients facing serious allegations such as securities fraud, insider trading, and breach of fiduciary duties, Michael has successfully represented directors, officers, and corporations in a wide variety of complex commercial and corporate governance cases. In addition, Michael has broad experience in complex commercial litigation involving contractual disputes and insurance coverage issues. He has also defended both corporations and individuals facing government investigations.
His commitment to justice is distinguished by his pro bono representation, which includes prisoners’ rights cases and the rights of parents seeking to regain custody of their children under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Michael’s dedication to the community in which he lives is demonstrated by his involvement with various nonprofit organizations including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, where is on the Steering Committee for the Lemon Society of Philadelphia, the Spruce Foundation, and Mighty Writers. In addition, Michael is a graduate of Young Involved Philadelphia’s Board Prep program.
He is a 2006 graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where he served as Staff Editor for the Human Rights Law Review. While at Columbia he was recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for his superior academic achievement and earned the Parker Center for Foreign and Comparative Law’s Certificate of Achievement. He also collaborated with students from the Columbia Journalism School to develop a Symposium on Law and Journalism. He received his BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.
Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, 2006, JD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002, BA, cum laude
Honors and Awards
- Named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star as the result of a statewide survey of lawyers, 2013
- Columbia University School of Law, Human Rights Law Review, Staff Editor
- Columbia University School of Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2005 and 2006
- Parker Center for Foreign and Comparative Law, Certificate of Achievement, 2006
- "How Two Worldviews Are Relevant to the Practice of Law," The Legal Intelligencer, December 5, 2013
- "Your Legal Career Isn't a Sprint - It's a Marathon," The Legal Intelligencer, October 24, 2013
- "Three Reasons for Attorneys to Pursue Pro Bono Service," The Legal Intelligencer, August 1, 2013
- "Letting Light Into a Dark Place by Dealing With Mental Health," The Legal Intelligencer, May 30, 2013
- "Using the Art of Storytelling as a Tool in the Practice of Law," The Legal Intelligencer, April 11, 2013
- "Being the Lawyer You Want to Be," The Legal Intelligencer, March 22, 2013
- "Staying Mindful of the Human Element in the Practice of Law," The Legal Intelligencer, November 15, 2012
- "The 'Full' Method of Measuring the Court's Review of Decisions by the Courts of Appeals," SCOTUSblog, October 23, 2012 (with John S. Summers)
- "The Opportunity to Uphold a Pledge on Election Day," The Legal Intelligencer, September 13, 2012
- "Life, Law, and All That Jazz: Improvisation in the Courtroom is an Important Skill to Learn," The Legal Intelligencer, July 5, 2012
- "Finding a Comfort Zone in the Kitchen and the Courtroom," The Legal Intelligencer, February 9, 2012
- "First Circuit Reversal Rate Not What It Seemed," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, January 30, 2012 (with John S. Summers)
- "The Third Circuit's Reversal Rate: A Success Story," The Legal Intelligencer, November 10, 2011 (with John S. Summers)
- "Towards a Better Measure and Understanding of US Supreme Court Review of Courts of Appeals Decisions," BNA's The United States Law Week, September 27, 2011 (with John S. Summers)
- "'Matrixx,' Materiality, and Statistical Significance," The Legal Intelligencer, April 28, 2011 (with John S. Summers)
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania