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Michael Shipley

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Michael Shipley has a broad background representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation as well as white collar and regulatory matters. Michael's experience includes fraud, securities, and shareholder disputes including merger and acquisition disputes. Michael has represented both buyers and sellers in disputes involving a broad range of claims such as shareholder litigation over fiduciary duties, post-closing disputes, valuation disputes, working capital disputes, indemnifications and representations and warranties. Michael has extensive experience in both federal and state courts, including pre-filing investigations, discovery, motions practice, trials, post-trial practice, and appeals.


University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2004, Order of the Coif, Thurston Society, Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal; New York University, B.A., Sociology, 1997.

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's group is led by veteran Washington DC- and Chicago-based white-collar lawyer Mark Filip, who represents corporates, financial institutions and individuals in the gamut of sensitive investigations and criminal prosecutions. Filip and Chicago-based Mark Schneider are representing Allergan in various state and federal government investigations, congressional inquiries and civil suits related to its sale and marketing of opioid painkillers. The duo are also representing Teva Pharmaceuticals together with Houston's Brigham Cannon and New York's Henry DePippo in related DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged FCPA violations; they secured a civil settlement with the latter and a deferred prosecution agreement with the former. In terms of individuals, Mark HolscherJeff Sinek and Michael Shipley (all in Los Angeles) successfully defended, as co-counsel with a team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Eric Pulier against criminal proceedings initiated by the DOJ arising from fraud allegations relating to the sale of his company, ServiceMesh, to Computer Science Corporation; all charges were dropped. Other key team members include Chicago's Asheesh Goel, Kim Nemirow and Elizabeth Hess and Washington DC's Erica Williams. In 2018-2019, the team lost a number of individuals to the administration, including Robert Khuzami, Brian Benczkowski, John Lausch, and also William Barr, who was confirmed as US Attorney General in February 2019.

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