Brian R. Michael, a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, represents companies, officers, directors, and executives in white-collar criminal cases, securities and regulatory enforcement matters, and related complex litigation.
As a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice – twice named by Law360 as “White Collar Practice Group of the Year”– Brian draws upon his experience in public service, private practice, and as Deputy General Counsel and Group Chief Compliance Officer at media and entertainment company 21st Century Fox to conduct internal investigations, provide crisis management, and advise on a wide array of legal and compliance matters, including FCPA and anti-corruption, cybersecurity and data privacy, blockchain technology and digital currency, trade sanctions, and workplace conduct.
Brian has traveled extensively around the world to lead risk assessments and to design, implement and oversee a global compliance program.
Hired by 21st Century Fox in 2012 for a newly created position in the midst of the “UK phone hacking” crisis, Brian played a critical role in the company’s successful response to an unprecedented situation. His responsibilities included overseeing global compliance for broadcast, cable, digital and sports media business operations worldwide, including Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Cable Networks, Fox Sports Media Group, National Geographic Partners, and more than 300 international channels in over 180 countries.
Brian’s career also includes eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Southern District of New York and the Central District of California, where he led a number of significant investigations and prosecutions involving complex financial, securities and healthcare fraud, money laundering, cybercrime, organized crime and racketeering, and asset forfeiture, for which he received many commendations and awards.
Brian also served as the Violence Against Women Act Coordinator and handled sensitives cases involving sexual and other offenses against women and children. Brian has tried numerous cases and briefed and argued appeals before the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Along with his work as a federal prosecutor and an in-house leader, Brian brings extensive prior experience as a litigator at two AmLaw 50 law firms in both Los Angeles and New York. Early in his career, Brian clerked for former Chief Judge Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Brian is a frequent public speaker and commentator in the U.S. and abroad on white-collar crime, securities and regulatory enforcement, and compliance topics. Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Regional Subcommittee of the ABA’s White Collar Crime Committee. While in-house, he was a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Compliance & Ethics and Sports & Entertainment Committees.
- J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
- B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley
- New York
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