Michael Firestein

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Michael Firestein

Michael Firestein

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Biography

Michael A. Firestein is a partner in the Litigation Department and Co-Head of West Coast Litigation.

Michael handles a wide range of commercial litigation on behalf of private equity funds, financial institutions, securities brokerages, investment advisors, fiduciaries, real estate operating companies and entertainment corporations. Michael also has represented clients in a variety of employment litigation matters, including wrongful termination. Michael’s experience also includes entertainment and intellectual property litigation, most recently in the area of cybersquatting and Lanham Act matters. Michael also participates in representing publicly traded companies requesting internal investigations and representation of those companies before the SEC, FINRA, other SROs, and matters being pursued by the Department of Justice. Michael has also represented various individuals in securities aspects of high net worth family law disputes and white-collar criminal cases. Michael has tried cases before nearly every kind of tribunal (jury and bench), be it state or federal court and in front of a host of arbitration forums, including FINRA, AAA, JAMS, NYSE and others. Michael is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator.

Michael’s clients in various industries have included: Spectrum Equity Investors; The Nederlander Group Companies; Far East National Bank; United Pacific Bank; Lincoln Military Housing; Energy Future Holdings; Aniplex, Inc.; Cookie Jar Entertainment; JP Morgan; New World Restaurant Group; NBC Universal; Telemundo Network; The Pivotal Group; NTD Apparel; and a variety of individuals involved in a wide range of business disputes.

Significant matters in which Michael has been involved include being lead trial lawyer for a major developer of military based housing in a dispute involving claims of toxic exposure, lead trial lawyer in confirmation and related proceedings in connection with one of the largest bankruptcies in the country, lead trial lawyer for a major animation company in a contract dispute against a prominent trading card producer, lead litigator in an internal investigation of a publicly traded company in the food services industry regarding certain accounting irregularities; lead litigator in an internal investigation of a broker-dealer involved in a stock loan operation; representation of multiple portfolio companies of private equity funds in varying contractual, regulatory or other business disputes; defense of a television network in a federal court RICO action concerning the licensing, airing and cancellation of a program; defense of a financial institution in nationwide litigation regarding a significant bankruptcy fraud; ongoing representation of broker-dealers and financial advisors regarding claims brought by clients or investors regarding short selling and other issues; extensive representation of institutional and individual clients in fiduciary trust and probate related litigation; defense of numerous financial institutions relating to intricate operational matters; and ongoing representation of entertainment companies regarding intellectual property and other disputes.

Community service is also an important part of Michael's life. Most significantly, for more than 20 years, Michael has served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for Concern Foundation for Cancer Research, also serving as its President from 1994-1996. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based provider of pro bono legal services.

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1983

The Northwestern University School of Law is an elite, private American law school in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the North Side's Streeterville, it is one of the twelve constituent schools of Northwestern University. The law school was founded in 1859 as the Union College of Law of the Old University of Chicago. The first law school established in Chicago, it became jointly controlled by Northwestern University in 1873 and fully incorporated into Northwestern in 1891. Northwestern Law is a member of the "T-14" law schools, a prestigious group of 14 schools that have national recognition.

A.B.
Class of 1980

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

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Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Current

The mission of the Los Angeles County Bar Association is to meet the professional needs of Los Angeles lawyers and advance the administration of justice.

Career History
Partner
Current

Proskauer Rose LLP is a law firm in New York, NY. It offers corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law services. It serves the chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1875.

Secretary/Legel Counsel
1994 - 1996

Concern Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven organization conceived in 1968 by a group of friends who wanted to make sure their dollars counted in the fight against cancer. With 90-95% of net proceeds (based on 2017 financial audit) going directly to research, Concern has raised more than $60 million dollars and funded 750 cancer research scientists studying cancer, primarily in the areas of cancer genetics, cell biology, and immunology. By specifically targeting promising post- doctoral scientists and providing critically needed “seed” money for innovative projects, Concern Foundation bridges the gap that currently exists in the scientific research community.

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Director
Current

Bet Tzedek Legal Services is a nonprofit company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. The firm provides legal advisory services. Diego Cartagena is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2012.The company says this about itself: In 1974, a small group of lawyers, rabbis, and community activists came together to assist aging, low-income residents who were being displaced from their homes as their neighborhoods gentrified. The group individually contributed $5 per month to rent a small storefront where, one night a week, they offered free legal assistance to the community. They named the organization Bet Tzedek – Hebrew for \"House of Justice\" – after a central precept of Jewish law and tradition: \"Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof\" – \"Justice, justice you shall pursue.\"

Secretary & Legal Counsel, Executive Board
Prior

Concern Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven organization conceived in 1968 by a group of friends who wanted to make sure their dollars counted in the fight against cancer. With 90-95% of net proceeds (based on 2017 financial audit) going directly to research, Concern has raised more than $60 million dollars and funded 750 cancer research scientists studying cancer, primarily in the areas of cancer genetics, cell biology, and immunology. By specifically targeting promising post- doctoral scientists and providing critically needed “seed” money for innovative projects, Concern Foundation bridges the gap that currently exists in the scientific research community.

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$1,000 - $2,499
2008

Bet Tzedek Legal Services is a nonprofit company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. The firm provides legal advisory services. Diego Cartagena is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2012.The company says this about itself: In 1974, a small group of lawyers, rabbis, and community activists came together to assist aging, low-income residents who were being displaced from their homes as their neighborhoods gentrified. The group individually contributed $5 per month to rent a small storefront where, one night a week, they offered free legal assistance to the community. They named the organization Bet Tzedek – Hebrew for \"House of Justice\" – after a central precept of Jewish law and tradition: \"Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof\" – \"Justice, justice you shall pursue.\"

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2003

Bet Tzedek Legal Services is a nonprofit company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. The firm provides legal advisory services. Diego Cartagena is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2012.The company says this about itself: In 1974, a small group of lawyers, rabbis, and community activists came together to assist aging, low-income residents who were being displaced from their homes as their neighborhoods gentrified. The group individually contributed $5 per month to rent a small storefront where, one night a week, they offered free legal assistance to the community. They named the organization Bet Tzedek – Hebrew for \"House of Justice\" – after a central precept of Jewish law and tradition: \"Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof\" – \"Justice, justice you shall pursue.\"

Political Donations
$1,500
2012

Senator from Colorado

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2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$1,000
2007

Former President of United States

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