Michael J. Satin

Washington, D.C.
202-626-6009 Phone
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Michael J. Satin

Michael Satin represents individuals and entities in both criminal and civil matters. An experienced trial lawyer, he has tried dozens of cases before juries in his 14 years of practice, most involving high stakes criminal cases. He has tried cases before juries in federal and state courts in D.C., New York, and, most recently, in Alaska. While the facts and the venue change from case to case, his approach does not. He combines an intense attention to detail, sound judgment, and creative problem-solving skills to obtain positive outcomes for his clients.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Satin conducts internal investigations into alleged violations of U.S. laws and regulations, including the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has significant experience advising clients as they face parallel criminal investigations and civil proceedings.

Mr. Satin began his legal career at the nation's premier public defender office, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where he represented indigent criminal defendants charged with serious criminal offenses. At PDS, Mr. Satin served first as a staff attorney, then as a supervising attorney, and ultimately as the agency’s training director. In this last role, he designed and implemented a ten-week training program for new attorneys and conducted trainings for criminal defense attorneys in D.C. and throughout the United States. Mr. Satin continues to teach trial advocacy to practitioners and students.

Representative Engagements|View All

  • Led jury trial defense of business owner charged with misrepresentation of goods in federal district court in Alaska. (Not guilty verdict on all counts.) 
  • Conducted internal investigation of software company accused of bribery of foreign officials in violation of the FCPA and advocated for declination with DOJ and SEC. (Case pending; no criminal or civil charges have been brought.) 
  • Represented health care provider accused in qui tam action of defrauding Medicare in violation of the False Claims Act in federal district court in Mississippi. (Case dismissed pursuant to settlement agreement.) 
  • Represented lawyer charged with felony offenses in D.C. Superior Court and facing disbarment by the D.C. bar. (Criminal case dismissed; lawyer not sanctioned by the bar.) 
  • Participated in seven-week jury trial defense of foreign entity charged with violating the civil liability provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act in federal district court in New York. (Case ultimately dismissed on appeal.) 
Government Experience
  • Training Director, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (2010-2012)
  • Supervising Attorney, Trial Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (2007-2010)
  • Staff Attorney, Trial Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (2002-2007)
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2016
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Faculty Member, Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop (2012-present)
  • Faculty Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Intensive Trial Training Program (2013-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Justice Policy Institute (JPI) (2015-present)
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University Washington College of Law (2012-2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, Cornell Law School (Fall 2009, Spring 2012)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Foreign Languages
  • Spanish
  • J.D., Cornell Law School, cum laude, 2002
  • B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998