Mike Mervis is an experienced litigator who has tried dozens of cases in federal and state courts and before arbitral tribunals across the country. Mike represents clients in complex commercial matters, disputes over distressed debt and investments (particularly in large chapter 11 bankruptcy cases), real estate and entertainment industry disputes and intellectual property cases.
Mike is the head of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. He is also the head of its Bankruptcy Litigation Group and co-head of its Private Credit Litigation Group. In bankruptcy matters, he has represented debtors, lenders and statutory committees in large chapter 11 cases in bankruptcy courts across the country. Mike has litigated the full spectrum of contested matters and adversary proceedings that frequently arise during the lifecycle of complex chapter 11 cases.
Leading legal directory Benchmark Litigation has named Mike a “National Star” and “Litigation Star” and he has repeatedly been recognized by The Legal 500 for his capabilities in advertising litigation. For example, Mike was lead trial counsel for the plaintiff in a case that resulted in one of the largest damage awards in the history of Lanham Act false advertising cases and obtained one of the most far-reaching permanent injunctions on record. Mike was also named a 2020 and 2021 Star by Acritas, based on the organization’s 18-month survey of in-house counsel to identify exemplary outside counsel.
Mike is the chair of the Firm’s Hiring Committee and has long served as co-chair of the Firm’s Summer Associate Program.