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Michael Satin is a highly experienced white collar defense and trial lawyer. He has tried dozens of criminal and civil cases before juries and judges in federal and state courts throughout the country, argued appeals before federal and state appellate courts, steered clients through Congressional investigations and administrative proceedings, and conducted sensitive internal investigations. 

Mr. Satin is especially adept at representing clients in politically charged matters, often under intense media scrutiny. Though he does not publicize the names of his clients, his individual clients have included elected officials, business executives, legal and medical professionals, and political activists. His entity clients have included public and private corporations, governmental entities, religious associations, and non-profit organizations. 

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 bank and wire fraud, false statements, obstruction of justice, money laundering, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), interfering with the protective functions of the U.S. State Department, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA). His civil matters have included breach of fiduciary duty, the False Claims Act (FCA), the Racketeering and Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and civil forfeiture. 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.

A former public defender, Mr. Satin is well-known for his skills in the courtroom. He has successfully served as lead counsel in both criminal jury trials and bet-the-company civil bench trials. He regularly teaches trial advocacy to practitioners and law students, including at the American Bar Association (ABA) White Collar Crime National Institute, Harvard Law School, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Washington Council of Lawyers, and the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance. 

Mr. Satin began his legal career at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where he was a Staff Attorney, a Supervising Attorney, and ultimately the Training Director. He is currently a member of PDS's Board of Trustees, and he also serves on the board of the Justice Policy Institute (JPI). 

A former Division 1 athlete, he enjoys playing and coaching sports, listening to '80s music with his kids, and telling occasionally funny jokes. 

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)
Rankings and Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2020 - 2024
  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2016
  • DC Bar Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015 - 2016, 2019
  • DC Bar Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2013 - 2014, 2020
  • 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)
State 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
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
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