Michael Baratz focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation, arbitration, and mediation, as well as judgment enforcement, including many matters with a cross-border emphasis.
Complex Litigation and Arbitration
Michael regularly litigates all phases of commercial disputes in federal and state courts around the country through trial and appeal. He also frequently represents clients in proceedings before a variety of arbitral bodies, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); the Zurich Chamber of Commerce (ZCC); the American Arbitration Association (AAA); and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Michael represents clients in connection with their efforts to obtain recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards in courts around the world, and in seeking pre-judgment remedies in these matters.
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- US Court of Federal Claims
- US District Court, District of Columbia
- US District Court, District of Maryland
- US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2002, with high honors; Order of the Coif; Associate, The George Washington Law Review; Imogen Williford Constitutional Law Award
- B.A., The George Washington University, 1999, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Joshua Evans III Prize in Political and Social Science
Areas of Practice
Michael was part of a Steptoe team that represented Motorola in its claims against the Uzan family, which formerly owned the Turkish telecom company Telsim, concerning fraudulent conduct in connection with a $2 billion loan. The team obtained a world-wide freezing order in the London commercial courts, which was affirmed by the English Court of Appeals; froze and liquidated assets worldwide; and obtained a fully-contested fraud judgment for $2.13 billion in compensatory damages and a punitive damages judgment for $1 billion in federal court in New York City. These judgments were affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The team successfully enforced the arbitral award in various countries in Europe and in the United States.
Michael was also a member of a Steptoe team that represented ExxonMobil in connection with its worldwide effort to obtain compensation from PDVSA, the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, and its subsidiaries following Venezuela’s expropriation without compensation of an ExxonMobil subsidiary’s rights and interests in joint venture. The Steptoe team obtained a series of pre-award, attachment and freezing orders world-wide, including attaching over $300 million in cash in a proceeding in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Michael and a team of Steptoe lawyers helped US Airways, Inc. secure a $30 million award from a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel following 64 days of evidentiary hearings in New York City. US Airways filed the FINRA arbitration against Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. and one of its former managing directors for inappropriately investing the airline's funds in unsuitable auction rate securities (ARS) in 2006 and 2007.
- "Practical Steps if You Suspect Corruption or Fraud During a Case," 8th Annual GAR Live London, May 10, 2018
- "International Dispute Resolution," Duke Energy, Charlotte, NC, March 3, 2015
News & Publications
December 4, 2018
November 12, 2018
November 6, 2018
October 2, 2018
September 4, 2018
August 7, 2018
July 3, 2018
June 5, 2018
May 30, 2018
- Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution: International litigation (2017-2018)
- Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution: General commercial disputes (2018)
- Law360, Rising Star in International Arbitration (2016)