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Michael A. Charish
U.S. 646.328.0183
Israel +972.77.261.6183
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  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Outside Counsel Solutions


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude


  • Order of the Coif
  • Judge John J. Galgay Fellow in Bankruptcy Law
  • Benjamin Franklin Scholar


  • Annual Survey of American Law, Senior Editor


  • The Honorable Cornelius Blackshear,
    United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York


  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

At Schulman & Charish, Michael’s representations have included:

  • An individual claiming corporate fraud and seeking to recover her share of a billion-dollar Ecuadorian business empire.
  • A Nasdaq-traded technology company in litigations stemming from an asset-purchase transaction.
  • A billion-dollar internet company in a case that included contract, copyright, and trademark claims and that our firm tried successfully in New York federal court.
  • Subjects of an SEC investigation concerning a publicly traded company.
  • Trustees in trust litigation against former fiduciaries seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars of value for their trusts.
  • A solar-energy company in international litigations concerning patent ownership and claiming breach of a license agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • An insurance administrator in a complex contract dispute with an insurance company.
  • A renewable-energy company in a lawsuit against a competitor claiming misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud, and other business torts.
  • A diamond-industry-information company in litigation against a competitor centering on trademark claims and also encompassing patent, contract, tort, and purported antitrust claims.
  • A credential-evaluation company in litigation against its former trade association claiming violations of corporate by-laws and antitrust and unfair-trade-practices laws.

At Wachtell Lipton and Outside Counsel Solutions, Michael’s representations included:


  • A leading cable network in a broadcast-contract dispute with prominent media and entertainment companies.
  • A telecommunications company in litigation concerning royalty payments under a software licensing agreement.
  • A telecommunications company in litigation against a former employee, alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and a covenant not to compete.

White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations

  • A celebrity client in investigations by a congressional subcommittee, the SEC, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office concerning alleged insider trading, false statements, and securities fraud.
  • An international bank in an internal investigation of one of the largest rogue-trading scandals in history.
  • A credit-card issuer in an internal investigation of a stock-price collapse related to an earnings shortfall, an accounting-policy change, and allegations of insider trading.

Corporate Governance and Control

  • A major stock exchange in a lawsuit seeking to enjoin a merger.
  • A leading pharmaceutical company in hostile-takeover litigation and the battle for control over a jointly marketed blockbuster drug.
  • Directors of a global apparel company in shareholder derivative litigation concerning an interested-party transaction.


  • A semiconductor company in a Section 16(b) short-swing-profit case stemming from a reclassification of preferred stock.
  • A leading retail chain in a securities class action pertaining to a stock-price decline related to losses in the credit-card business.

Intellectual Property

  • Advised a document-security company on patent litigations against the European Central Bank concerning infringement and validity of a patent for anti-counterfeiting technology.


  • A leading Wall Street investment bank in an ERISA case, stemming from a failed investment, that went to the United States Supreme Court.


  • A leading retail chain in bankruptcy litigation against a shoe company concerning royalty and accounting issues related to a joint venture between the parties.