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Michael Swartz is a principal in the Los Angeles office of McKool Smith Hennigan and focuses on securities and commercial litigation. In courts across the United States, he has represented various investment funds and institutional investors in pursuing securities fraud claims and in appraisal and valuation actions. In such cases, Michael has represented Oaktree Capital, TCW, and other investment companies. He also represented the county of Orange in its securities litigation following its 1994 bankruptcy filing.

Michael has also represented individuals and corporations in commercial litigation, including the prosecution and defense of claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as prosecution of claims for misappropriation of trade secrets. In addition, Michael has represented debtors and creditors in a wide array of bankruptcy litigation matters, including fraudulent transfer disputes and objections to confirmation of plans of reorganization.

Recognition

Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized among the Best Lawyers In America for Commercial Litigation, 2018
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
  • Member, Yale Law Journal

Affiliations

Community & Professional Activities

  • Law clerk for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California, 1993-1994
  • Former co-chair, Jewish Federation of L.A. Couples Project
  • Past president, Yale Law School Alumni Association of Southern California

News & Events

Articles

Publications

Education

J.D., Yale Law School, 1992

B.A., summa cum laude, Economics and Mathematics; M.A., Economics, Yale University, 1988

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • State of California
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