Michael R. Young

Chair, Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Michael R. Young

Michael R. Young

Chair, Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Michael R. Young advises and defends boards of directors, audit committees, accounting firms, public companies, and company officers on issues of corporate governance and financial reporting. Mike is Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice Group. The mainstays of his practice include international securities class actions, SEC and other governmental proceedings, and investigations on behalf of audit committees and other committees of the board. His trial victories include the landmark jury verdict for the defense in the first securities class action tried before a jury pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Chambers USA (2018) ranks Mike in "Band 1" for Securities Litigation. Mike has served as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council to the Financial Accounting Standards Board. He has also served as Chair of the Financial Reporting Committee of the New York City Bar Association, counsel to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and counsel to the newly-formed Center for Audit Quality. He has been described by Chambers (USA) as "the best lawyer in the city" for accounting firm-related disputes, been profiled in Lawdragon magazine among its "500 Leading Lawyers in America," been named by U.S. News as one of the "best lawyers" in the U.S., been described by New York magazine as one of New York City’s "best lawyers," been listed as a "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation, and been named by Accounting Today as one of the "top 100 most influential people in accounting." Mike's clients have included a former Chairman of the SEC, a former General Counsel of the SEC, a former Chief Accountant of the SEC, a former Chairman of the Senate's principal investigative committee, and other such officials in their capacity as members of boards of directors or audit committees. He has also advised or defended most of the largest accounting firms and numerous public companies and their officials.

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Michael R. Young
Chair, Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1981

Duke University School of Law (also known as Duke Law School or Duke Law) is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. One of Duke's 10 schools and colleges, the School of Law began as the Trinity College School of Law in 1868.

BA
Class of 1978

Allegheny College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania in the town of Meadville, approximately 35 miles (56 km) south of Erie. Founded in 1815, Allegheny is the oldest college in continuous existence under the same name west of the Allegheny Mountains. Allegheny is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the North Coast Athletic Conference, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCH). In Spring 2012, U.S. News ranked Allegheny as the #1 up-and-coming national liberal arts college.

Memberships
Member, Section of Business Law
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.

Career History
Chair, Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group
Current

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP provides legal services in corporate and securities law matters, litigation, business reorganization and restructuring, real estate, tax, intellectual property, executive compensation & employee benefits, and trusts & estates. It also provides mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and intellectual property legal services. Willkie Farr & Gallagher was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member, Securities & Shareholder Litigation Practice Panel
Tenure Unconfirmed
AIG

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading international insurance organization serving customers in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG traces its root to 1919, when American Cornelius Vander Starr established a general insurance agency, American Asiatic Underwriters, in Shanghai, China. Since then, an enterprising spirit, ingenuity, and tenacity have built the company into one of the world’s leading insurers. Today, AIG is focused on what it has been known for since the beginning: the willingness and ability to provide insurance coverage to meet the diverse needs of its clients.

Political Donations
$1,000
2008

Senior Strategic Advisor at Squire Patton Boggs LLP

$2,300
2007

Former Senator from New York

$1,000
2007

Senator from Rhode Island

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Michael R. Young is affiliated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, AIG

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