• J.D.
    Cornell Law School
    cum laude
  • B.A.
    Brown University
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Michael Satin defends individuals and entities in criminal investigations and trials, and in other government enforcement matters. He also handles complex civil litigation matters and conducts corporate internal investigations. His clients have included senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, government officials, legal and medical professionals, large corporations, non-profit organizations, and political activists.

Mr. Satin is an experienced trial lawyer; he has tried dozens of cases as lead counsel before juries and judges in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He is equally adept at representing individuals in felony jury trials as he is at representing entities in bet-the-company civil trials. He regularly speaks to practitioners about trial strategy and techniques, and he is a faculty member at Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop and at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Intensive Trial Training Program.

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in white collar criminal defense, Mr. Satin has handled matters involving a wide array of subject matters, including securities fraud, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA), money laundering, interfering with the protective functions of the State Department, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), false statements, and the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). His civil matters have included breach of fiduciary duty, the False Claims Act (FCA), and the Racketeering and Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. He has defended clients in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and other agencies and entities.

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 rose to the level of Supervising Attorney and Training Director. He is currently a member of PDS's Board of Trustees. 

A former division I athlete, he enjoys playing and coaching ice-hockey, tennis, and lacrosse. He is also active in organizations dedicated to criminal justice reform. 

His current or recent representations of individuals include:

  • Representing senior executives at a multinational financial services company in connection with DOJ, SEC, and OCC investigations into securities fraud and unsafe and unsound banking practices;
  • Representing a senior pharmaceutical executive in connection with the national prescription opioid litigation;
  • Representing a federal employee alleged to have made false statements during an investigation by the Veterans Administration's Office of the Inspector General (obtained Deferred Prosecution Agreement)
  • Defending an individual charged in federal court with interfering with the protective functions of the state department (hung jury); and
  • Defending at trial a business owner charged in federal court in Alaska with misrepresentation of art (full acquittal).

His current or recent representations of entities include:

  • Lead trial lawyer in month-long breach of fiduciary duty trial on behalf of international religious organization (verdict pending);
  • Conducting an internal investigation of a major hospital following the death of a care provider;
  • Defending a health care provider accused in a qui tam action of defrauding Medicare;
  • Conducting an internal investigation of a software company alleged to have engaged in FCPA violations; and
  • Defending a foreign government in complex, multijurisdictional civil litigation that culminated in a six-week jury trial in federal court in New York (case dismissed on appeal on jurisdictional grounds raised before trial court).
  • 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)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2020 - 2021
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2016
  • 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, Board of Trustees, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS)
  • Chair, Lawyers Committee, Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
  • 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