Paul Weiss

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A partner in the Litigation Department, Michele Hirshman focuses her practice on white collar defense and regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations.


Since joining Paul, Weiss in 2007, Michele has represented public and privately held companies and individuals before the Department of Justice, United States Attorneys' offices, the Securities & Exchange Commission, the New York and Massachusetts Attorneys General, the New York State Department of Financial Services and other federal, state and local law enforcement and regulatory authorities. Among her significant individual clients is former New York Attorney General and Governor Eliot Spitzer. She regularly advises pharmaceutical manufacturers, financial institutions, marketing companies, political organizations and public and private company executives in high profile, high stakes federal and state criminal and civil regulatory investigations.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, she served for eight years as first deputy attorney general for the State of New York and for eleven years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was the deputy chief appellate attorney and chief of the General Crimes and Public Corruption Units. She has significant jury trial and appellate court experience, and received the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement from the U.S. Department of Justice. For the past two years, The Best Lawyers in America has recognized Michele for White Collar Criminal Defense and she regularly speaks at conferences and on panels advising other practitioners in the field.

Michele also works on a broad range of criminal and civil pro bono cases with young lawyers at the firm and is a member of the Boards of Directors of The Legal Aid Society and the City Bar Justice Center. Ms. Hirshman is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in 2012. She is also recognized by Legal 500 in White-Collar Criminal Defense, and was named to the first-ever Benchmark Litigation's Top 250 Women in Litigation guide. Benchmark Litigation also named Michele a Local Litigation Star for New York.

She was articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.



  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1983
  • B.A., Rutgers College, 1980
    summa cum laude


  • Hon. Pierre N. Leval, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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Related Resources

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FinCEN Imposes Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Requirements On “All Cash” Luxury Real Estate Purchases in Manhattan and Miami

Sep 11, 2015 | Publications

New DoJ Memo by DAG Yates Intended to Increase Prosecutions of White Collar Executives and Other Employees

Jul 17, 2015 | Publications

Treasury Department’s Analysis of Existing AML and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regimes Recognizes Banks’ Efforts to Reduce the Flow of Illicit Funds Through the U.S. Financial System 

May 15, 2015 | News

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Fraud Class Action Against lululemon and Founder

Apr 03, 2015 | News

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Derivative Action Against lululemon Board and Founder

Jan 07, 2015 | News

Preliminary Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Challenging Police Practices in NYC Public Housing

Apr 24, 2014 | Publications

Amedisys Settlement Signals DOJ Focus on Health Care Billing Practices in The Affordable Care Act Era 

Jan 28, 2014 | News

Paul, Weiss Obtains Favorable Settlement for Pro Bono Client in Bivens Suit

Sep 25, 2013 | Events

Ethical Considerations for Corporate Investigations

Jul 08, 2013 | Publications

U.S. District Court Applies Supervisory Authority Over Criminal Proceedings to Review of Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Oct 11, 2012 | News

Pro Bono Clients Obtain Victory in Major Ruling on Trespass Arrests 

Jan 23, 2012 | News

Victory for Westchester Residential Opportunities in Housing Discrimination Case

Of Note

Oct 15, 2014

Michele Hirshman Honored at 2014 Citizens Union Awards Dinner

Oct 08, 2014

Paul, Weiss Honored at the 2014 Pro Bono Publico Awards

Aug 07, 2014

Susanna Buergel and Michele Hirshman Named in Benchmark’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation”

Jun 07, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Ranks Paul, Weiss Highly

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