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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.
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Feb 02, 2016 | Publications
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
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