Michael T. Mervis is a partner in the Litigation Department in the New York office.
As a trial lawyer, Michael focuses in the areas of complex commercial litigation, litigation concerning distressed loans and investments, intellectual property litigation and entertainment industry litigation. In particular, he has represented clients in trials concerning copyright, false advertising, trade secret, contract, business tort and RICO claims, as well as a variety of contested matters in bankruptcy cases.
Michael has participated in numerous bench and jury trials, as well as arbitration hearings, in a wide variety of jurisdictions (including New York, California, Delaware, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana and Arkansas). He has litigated on behalf of clients in the consumer products, motion picture, recording, venture capital, private investment, telecommunications, cable television, health care, real estate, energy, automotive and banking industries.
In connection with distressed loans and investments, Michael represents debtors, creditors and other stakeholders in contested bankruptcy court matters. He also has extensive experience representing lenders and investors in the real estate industry, including the defense of lender liability claims and the prosecution of foreclosure, fraud and other business tort claims against recalcitrant borrowers.
Michael’s intellectual property work focuses on false advertising litigation, and involves representing advertisers before the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Michael also represents content owners in significant copyright disputes, and is active in the representation of clients in non-compete and trade secret litigation.
In the entertainment industry, Michael has represented major and independent record labels and music publishers, as well as popular recording artists (including Eminem, Dr. Dre and Britney Spears). Michael has also represented film studios and production companies, actors and the world’s leading promoter of anatomical exhibitions.
Michael is the firm’s hiring partner and has long served as co-chair of the firm’s Summer Associate Program.
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