Education
  • J.D.
    Cornell Law School
    cum laude
    2002
  • B.A.
    Brown University
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    1998
Languages
Spanish

Michael Satin is a trial lawyer who specializes in the representation of individuals in white collar matters. With more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Satin has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the country, as well as in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other government agencies. He currently represents a number of executives at a financial institution in connection with investigations by the DOJ and SEC. He previously led the defense of a small business owner charged in federal district court in Alaska with misrepresentation of Native Art and obtained an acquittal on all charges. He also led the representation of a lawyer charged with a felony case and facing disbarment and obtained a dismissal of all charges and no sanction from the bar.

In addition to his representation of individuals, Mr. Satin has significant experience representing entities in high-stakes litigation. He currently represents a religious organization in connection with an illegal takeover of a non-profit corporation. He previously represented a foreign entity in a seven-week jury trial in federal district court in New York, which was ultimately dismissed on appeal in his client’s favor based on an issue raised and litigated at the trial level.

Mr. Satin's practice is varied in terms of subject matter, venue, and type of client, and he has proven his ability to quickly master such diverse and novel subject matter areas as Medicare-related qui tam actions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) allegations in the software industry, and alleged misrepresentation of Native American art. Throughout these diverse matters, he maintains an intense attention to detail, sound judgment, and creative problem-solving skills to obtain positive outcomes for his clients. His goal is to obtain the client’s desired outcome without resorting to litigation and trial, but if the case requires it, he applies his extensive trial experience in dozens of high-stakes cases to win at trial.

Mr. Satin developed his skills as a trial lawyer at the nation’s premier public defender office, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). There, while handling his own caseload of serious felony cases, he rose to the level of Supervising Attorney and eventually Training Director. In the latter role, he designed and implemented a 10-week training program for new attorneys and conducted trainings for criminal defense attorneys in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States.

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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