I defend companies against threats to their innovation and success, and I defend individuals against threats to their freedom. My teams work tirelessly to extinguish these risks and deliver our clients to safety.
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Mike Attanasio is chair of Cooley's global Litigation Department, overseeing the business litigation, intellectual property, and employment groups. With more than 25 years of first-chair trial experience, Mike has been recognized dozens of times for his representation of clients in commercial litigation, antitrust, and white collar matters. A fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mike has been called one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, a “Game Changer” by The Recorder, and a “White Collar MVP” by Law360. Beyond his courtroom advocacy, Mike serves on Cooley's Management Committee and is Partner-in-Charge of the San Diego office. He is also the Chair of the Standing Committee on Attorney Discipline for the Southern District of California, a position to which he was appointed by the District Court.
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Commercial Class Action Litigation
False Claims Act/Qui Tam
Sports & Entertainment
White Collar & Regulatory Defense
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Stanford Law SchoolJD, 1990
Princeton UniversityBA, 1987
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American College of Trial Lawyers
American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow
Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Legal Achievement (Trial)
Law360: White Collar MVP
The Daily Journal: Top 100 Attorneys in California
The Daily Journal: Top Defense Verdicts (Moser v. Encore Capital et al.)
Recorder: Game Changer award (US v. Jacobson)
Best Lawyers: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense
Benchmark Litigation: Litigation, White Collar
Super Lawyers: Top 10 Lawyer in San Diego
Super Lawyers: White Collar Defense, Securities Litigation
San Diego Daily Transcript: Top San Diego County Attorneys (Criminal Law)
Law360 praises Cooley for its first-class litigation work and dominant victories.
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