Areas of Practice
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with high honors, 2002; Order of the Coif; Associate, The George Washington Law Review; Imogen Williford Constitutional Law Award
  • George Washington University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999; Phi Beta Kappa, Joshua Evans III Prize in Political and Social Science
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Maryland
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Michael J. Baratz

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6468
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Michael J. Baratz is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office, and focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation as well as judgment enforcement, including many matters with a cross-border emphasis.

Complex Litigation and Arbitration

Mr. Baratz regularly litigates all phases of commercial disputes in federal and state courts around the country through trial and appeal. 

Mr. Baratz 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)
  • The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

Judgment Enforcement

Mr. Baratz frequently 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.

Representative Matters

  • Mr. Baratz 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.
  • Mr. Baratz 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.
  • Mr. Baratz 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.


  • Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution: International litigation, 2017
  • Law360, Rising Star in International Arbitration, 2016

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