Press Release

Mike Attanasio Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Seventh Cooley Partner to Join the Prestigious Organization
October 7, 2015

San Diego – October 7, 2015 – Cooley's litigation chair Mike Attanasio became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) during its national meeting that took place October 1-4 in Chicago. Attanasio becomes the seventh Cooley litigation partner to become an ACTL Fellow. The other Cooley partners who are also Fellows of the College are Jonathan Bach, Celia Goldwag Barenholtz, Alan Levine, Paul Renne, Bill Schwartz, and chairman of the firm, Steve Neal.

Attanasio has been recognized as a "Game Changer" by The Recorder, one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, and one of the Top 10 Lawyers in San Diego by Super Lawyers. A former federal prosecutor, Attanasio is an experienced jury trial lawyer who has tried numerous civil and criminal cases to verdict in courts around the country.  Alongside Rusty Hardin, who is also an ACTL Fellow, Attanasio was co-trial counsel for baseball legend Roger Clemens in the obstruction of Congress and perjury prosecution brought against Clemens by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. After a nine-week trial, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all six counts. Attanasio's cross-examination of prosecution witness Andy Pettitte, a former teammate of Clemens, was called a key turning point in the trial by several observers.

Attanasio graduated from Stanford Law School in 1990 and thereafter served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster, United States District Judge for the Southern District of California. He received his BA from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

About the American College of Trial Lawyers

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.

Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

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