Mike Edney's practice focuses on challenging government regulations before they are enforced and defending clients in criminal and regulatory investigations. He currently serves as chair of Steptoe's regulatory litigation practice.
Mike leads some of the nation's most prominent regulatory litigation cases. He is representing the cigar industry in multiple cases challenging the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) first effort to regulate that product. He has represented industries in defending their First Amendment rights, seeking judicial relief against compelled commercial speech, intrusive product warnings, and restrictions of advertising. He has also contested Executive Branch efforts to sanction companies and individuals, including a suit against the Treasury Department’s designation of Russian oligarchs.
Mike has represented clients before the Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury and its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the National Security Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, congressional committees, and other government entities. In 2014, for example, Mike successfully negotiated a resolution of what was then the largest non-bank trade sanctions investigation in United States history, along with a resolution of charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
When companies encounter allegations of wrongdoing, Mike has conducted many internal investigations on their behalf, while carefully avoiding disruption of the client's important business operations. He has worked extensively with the Audit Committees and senior management of public companies to determine how to comprehensively resolve suggestions of misconduct.
His civil litigation practice spans beyond anti-regulatory suits, reaching complex commercial disputes. He has defended corporations in securities, environmental, employment, and fair housing class actions. He has represented states at the request of their governors. He has served as lead counsel for three former Attorneys General of the United States before the Supreme Court. Mike has persuaded the state's highest court unanimously to overturn a lower court ruling blocking a $1.5 billion redevelopment project in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mike also counsels clients facing national security related legal issues. He has handled cases and issues involving the pre-publication review, the Classified Information Procedures Act, the Foreign Agent Registration Act, and other matters.
His practice draws on his prior government service. During the administration of President George W. Bush, he served as deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council at the White House and previously in the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel.
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- US District Court, District of Columbia
- US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
- US Court of Military Commission Review
- Hon. Danny J. Boggs, US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2001, high honors; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review
- B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1998, magna cum laude
News & Publications
November 21, 2019
Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution-International Litigation (2017)
The White House, Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council (2007-2009)
Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel (2005-2007)